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  • Missouri Paper Under Fire For Publishing Racist Cartoon About Ferguson Demonstrators

    One of Missouri's top two newspapers is being criticized for publishing a blatantly racist editorial cartoon about the demonstrators in Ferguson, where a police officer shot and killed an unarmed 18-year old.

    The Columbia Daily Tribune is the subject of intense criticism today after it published what many are calling a racist cartoon by Gary McCoy of Cagle Cartoons.

    Thousands of people have attended demonstrations over the course of the past twelve days and nights, protesting the shooting of Michael Brown by police. Brown was unarmed and shot six times, some reports based on autopsies say from behind. Various local, county, and state law enforcement have been deployed to "protect" residents and businesses, but for the first ten nights, police actions seemed to make matters worse, not better.

    Many have commented that the actions of the Ferguson police and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon are to blame for what is described as rioting, and subsequent arrests.

    Conservatives have been quick to try to blame the victim, Michael Brown, who was headed to college before Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot him to death. They have labeled him a gang member and a thug -- all without one shred of evidence.

    And conservatives have been quick to view the actions of a tiny number of people as representative of the entire African-American community. In fact, the protestors and demonstrators are of many races and backgrounds. Ferguson, a small town of 21,000 may be over 60 percent Black, but the demonstrators and their allies are of all colors.

    So, perhaps it should come as no surprise, when conservatives try to frame Brown as a thug, they do this:

    And then liberals are forced to prove them wrong:

    Then there's the work of conservative cartoonist Gary McCoy of Cagle Cartoons. A look at nearly any of his pieces will reveal what seems to be a deep hatred for liberals, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the left, injected with a touch of Fox News talking points. There is admiration for Vladimir Putin, when Fox News said it was OK, followed by dislike or hatred for Putin, when Fox News said it was OK. Sandra Fluke, MSNBC, Obamacare, Planned Parenthood -- all the usual targets -- are subjected to McCoy's pen.

    And now, this.

    Sam Cohen, a University of Missouri Associate Professor first posted a photo of McCoy's cartoon to Twitter:

    It's been retweeted hundreds of times in just a few hours.

    A larger color version an be seen ant the right-wing Washington Examiner.

    Of course, taking the coward's way out is easy. Painting with a broad brush fictitious African-Americans as looters not looking for justice, but for a 60" plasma TV is easy -- when there's no actual person depicted. Does McCoy think all African-Americans are looters? Does he see all the demonstrators as African-Americans?

    Those are valid questions, given the extreme racism that seems apparent in his cartoon.

    (And by the way, plasma TV is dead.)

    Here's a look at what some on Twitter are saying about the cartoon.

     

    Image by Sam Cohen via Twitter

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    • commented 2014-08-24 14:36:49 -0400
      I think it is very racist as the conservatives over the past 6 years when confronted on their efforts to cut social programs that provide help to the poor would depict the inner city poor as lazy at home watching their “Big Screen Televisions” and what have you. In horror, the world watched hurricane Katrina CNN and MSNBC reported on the damage and devastation caused while Fox and other conservative media outlets reported heavily on the looting of “Big screen televisions.”

    • commented 2014-08-23 13:46:34 -0400
      I don’t think it was that racist. I mean the one holding the sign about No Peace is very clearly white so he included white people in on the looting. And I get the point that he was trying to make. Maybe a political cartoon wasn’t the place to make it, but honestly he has a valid point. Black or white, why are people looting in Ferguson? The reason why they’re protesting is because they believe passionately that what the Ferguson PD did was morally, ethically, and quite possibly legally wrong. They’re not protesting the outrageous prices at the local businesses…

    • commented 2014-08-21 18:21:07 -0400
      Yup. Racist.
      It’s characterizing protesters as looters and rioters, instead of people with a long standing series of legitimate grievances against the government. The cartoon makes the same mistake a lot of people have made-treating the looters (the people rioting have been the police) as if they represent the community of Ferguson, when in actuality a great many of them are from out of the St. Louis area, and there aren’t that many of them. Shifting the story to “Mike Brown stole stuff” or “Mike Brown was a threat to Officer Wilson” or “People stole tvs” moves the focus away from the violations of civil rights perpetrated against a community for a very long time, up to and including the execution of Michael Brown, and continuing through the brutal tactics of the police in response to protesters. On top of that, it ignores the role the police have played in denying reporters their constitutional rights. The people of Ferguson want, and deserve justice and accountability from the police as well as the government and they haven’t gotten that. This shit about rioting and looting is a smokescreen. A diversion from the story that matters-the denial of the rights due to African Americans (and the press).

    • commented 2014-08-21 13:38:37 -0400
      I suppose to racist Bossy Girl w/Gun all black people look alike. Stay classy Bossy.

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