Thursday, August 21, 2014

Got MLK?

(Editor's note: This is a letter I've just sent to the editor of the Columbia Tribune who published the racist cartoon above. You can lodge a complaint if you so wish by calling (573) 815-1700 or email the editor at
     To whom it may concern:
     I don't know who you are or what your name and that is immaterial. The cartoon you posted in the Columbia Tribune picking out a few undesirable elements that purport to speak for legitimate protesters was plainly drawn by a racist who, for some reason, you've chosen to retain on your staff.
     You personally are an embarrassment to all editors, all journalists, all Missourians and all Americans. In your feeble, plainly racially-biased attempt at humor, you have thrown a few more gallons of gas on a fire that is already raging and getting bigger by the day. And to anyone who isn't blinded by hatred of black people, it's screamingly obvious the vast majority of crimes being committed in Ferguson are by law enforcement rather than a handful of opportunistic looters.
     Why don't you have your Klan cartoonist shed some light on Ferguson cops throwing tear gas canisters at unarmed African Americans standing in their own back yards or of Ferguson police slamming a pregnant black woman to the ground? How about a nice one panel cartoon of Officer Go Fuck Yourself who threatened the life of a journalist and got suspended thanks to the MO ACLU?
     Or would that not be demeaning enough to the 78% of Ferguson that's African American or too truthful about a Ferguson PD that's over 90% white?
     I'm the father of two biracial boys myself. All their lives I've fought tirelessly to keep them from racists like you and, to my detriment, I have concluded that I have failed. There are simply too many of you in this world, people, for want of a better word, who are bound and determined to drag African Americans kicking and screaming into the days before the Civil Rights Act of 1964, when Birmingham cops sicced attack dogs on African Americans who peacefully protested for the right to vote without onerous Jim Crow litmus tests.
     Sort of like the Ferguson cops who are holding barely-restrained attack dogs before the African American residents of Ferguson.
     You need to resign your post immediately after allowing this execrable cartoon to be published in your racist rag.

(Update: The editor of this rag deigned to respond to me and you've gotta see to believe how this assclown excuses his blatant racism.)

On Thu, 8/21/14, Mailbox - Editor wrote:

 Subject: Re: Got MLK?
 To: "Crawford Robert"
 Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014, 1:37 PM

 Robert, I would ask you to look at
 the cartoon in context. Three of the preceding four days
 featured editorial cartoons about the Michael Brown tragedy,
 the militarization of the police response and a likeness of
 Lady Justice with six bullet wounds. The editorial cartoon
 yesterday accompanied a Rich Lowry column about the
 unfortunate presence of looters and how that is not a
 legitimate form of protest. Provocative yes. Racist?
 Certainly not in intent or context. I do appreciate your

 Jim Robertson
 Via mobile

(My response)
     Oh, so your occasional racism and bloviating the dubious virtues of the Church of Both Sides Do It makes your Klan Kartoonist's pitiful attempt at humor a matter of "context", eh?
     Again, the greater evils of the Ferguson, St. Ann and St. Louis Co PDs by far outweigh those of a few morons who looted a handful of stores. Your blatantly racist cartoonist giving the space he did attempts a false equivalency that simply doesn't exist. And since all the people in that execrable cartoon appear to be of African American origin, it would seem your redneck Gary Trudeau is of the opinion all looters are African Americans who go after wide screen plasma TVs.
     Essentially, it's obvious to any fair-minded person that your paper suffers from the same blindness to bad optics and negative PR as the police departments involved. "What? It was only a joke!" is all we hear from the lunatic right wing who is ably represented by the aforementioned Rich Lowry of The National Review.and to whom you've just proudly admitted your rag gives house room.
     Again, your cartoonist needs to be fired and you need to either resign from your post as editor or be fired by the board.
     And it isn't just me who's hopping mad over this. Your latest edition just went viral all over the internet, including Crooks and Liars and Twitter (See my crosspost in my tagline). So, I am speaking not just for myself and behalf of my biracial children but possibly hundreds of thousands. You, sir, are a national laughingstock and for all the wrong reasons.



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