Update: There were a lot of comments on social media and at Gocomics about how I drew each officer white. Three of the six officers charged are African-American with one being female.
So why did I draw each of them white and male? For one very technical reason, I drew the cartoon before the photos were released. I was relying more on the point of the cartoon than actual caricatures of the police involved. I also did not draw two of them wearing bicycle helmets.
Another reason is that in the video of Freddie Gray being arrested, each officer is white. The three officers who chased him down, arrested him and fabricated the “switchblade” lie are white.
If I had waited two more hours then I would have seen the photos before I drew the cartoon. If I had the information I would have drawn them reflecting their race and sex.
I do like some of the comments at gocomics. Yeah. I read my criticism. I really enjoy it actually. They call me a “racist” and one called me a “reprehensible demagogue” while slightly defending me. How could I not enjoy that?
I’m sure you’ve seen the video footage of the mother who found her son taking part in the Baltimore riots. When I was about 14 years old I was with some kids who broke a window by throwing rocks at it. I didn’t even take part in it. I swear. That didn’t matter to the cops or my mother. The police kept me in the back seat of a squad car for about an hour and released me to my mom. I would have preferred staying with the cops. So to that kid in Baltimore who got busted by his mom, I feel your pain.
Everybody has an opinion on the riots. Well if you don’t know what you’re talking about, or never expressed an opinion about police profiling or brutality, then shut up.
There was a rumor going around on the internet that Freddie Gray had surgery or pre-existing injuries prior to the police giving him a 45-minute “rough ride” which nearly separated his spinal cord and larynx. All false. Just conservative lies because conservatives have to find a way to justify police brutality. Again, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, shut up.
I hear a lot of people saying if you don’t want to suffer the consequences of police brutality then you shouldn’t break the law or run from the police when they stop you illegally. There’s not justification for police brutality.
Yesterday a friend was debating this case and stated the police were charged. He got angry when I pointed out that he was wrong. No charges have been filed or even investigated yet. You break the law then you go to jail. If a cop murders someone then they’re given a paid vacation. And again, if you don’t know what you’re talking about, shut up.
I’ve seen blame placed on former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley. The blame is being given by that same group who says George W. Bush shouldn’t be blamed for Iraq or the economy since he’s not president anymore.
There’s been a lot of statements about groups going to Baltimore with guns. Oh for the love of God, will you please shut up?
Ran Paul is blaming absent fathers. A Republican congressman from Texas is blaming gay marriage. Can someone please shut these ignorant people up?
There’s a lot of people besides the rioters and looters that need to be smacked by their mommas.
Exclusive cartoon for The Daily Dot.
People wonder how a community can destroy itself. I wonder the same about this nation’s police community.
Here’s my latest cartoon for The Daily Dot.
I drew this last Friday for The Daily Dot. Since then Starbucks has stopped their race initiative and the hanging story from Mississippi has kind of died down. The point of the cartoon still works.
I did a cartoon on the Starbucks issue last week and some commentators on blogs wrote that it was the best cartoon on the subject. Well thank you, anonymous blog posters.
With these two issues I felt compelled to draw on the issue because I started my career in Mississippi and I love Starbucks. They provide a great atmosphere, they’re a progressive company and the mochas are delicious. Plus, I get free WiFi at their establishments. Also, there are Starbucks at Targets which is another progressive anti-Walmart company.
On another personal inside note: Rob, I wrote a blog post like you requested. Since you got a blog post and a shout out you are now required to share this cartoon on Facebook. If you don’t I will come to Sacramento and force you to listen to “Wham!” for seven straight hours. Who am I kidding? You’d enjoy that and I’d be in Hell.
Starbucks has initiated a campaign for their employees to talk to customers about race. That’s nice. Really. Someone needs to talk about it.
I’ve noticed the only people who get upset about this are those who are actually racist. If you think it’s outrageous and out of place then you need to ask yourself what you’re really threatened by. I think you’re threatened more people will move forward and leave you behind.
I really like the black and white version of this one so I’m gonna post it too.