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One thing that continually bugs me is the “racists are unicorns” view, which I hear usually but not exclusively from the right. Basically, in this view, almost no one is racist, and no act is racist. Sure, KKK members are racist, but nothing else – not vote suppression, not claming a judge is biased “becuase he’s a mexican,” not the racial wage gap – can be called racism. Because naming racism is considered worse than racism itself.
Artwise, this is one of the cartoons I did with superdistorted figures – huge heads, tiny everything else. It’s always a fun challenge to try and make these anatomically impossible people work out well. I also decided that the mentor character should keep his nose held high, high in the air in all four panels.
TRANSCRIPT OF CARTOON
An older white man in a three-piece suit is lecturing to a younger white man wearing a short-sleeved shirt with a tie. We can see that they are indoors; there’s a window with curtains behind them. Throughout this cartoon, the older man has his head lifted veryhigh (i.e., “nose in the air”).
OLDER MAN: Liberals call anything they disagree with “racist.” But we Republicans are more serious.
The older man continues lecturing, holding out one hand in a “stop” or “slow down” gesture.
OLDER MAN: Racism is a serious accusation. Before calling anyone “racist,” we always ask, “is racial animus the only possible motive here?”
A close-up on the older man, who is now looking positively indignant.
OLDER MAN: And we NEVER call our enemies “racist” just to score a cheap political point!
The younger man asks a question; the older man looks pleased with himself as he answers.
YOUNGER MAN: Wow. So is there ANYONE we DO call ra-
OLDER MAN: “Black Lives Matter.”