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Hating America


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Donald Trump hates America.

America is a nation of diversity. Campaigning on “make America great again,” Trump is longing for and promising to return this nation to the racist ways of the past, the America he loves. He hates that this is a nation of white, brown, black, yellow, etc, and so do his supporters.

When told today that white supremacists will love his message of “go back to where you came from,” Trump said he wasn’t worried because a lot of people agree with him. He is owning that he’s reaching out to the racists.

The sheer hypocrisy of saying those who criticize this nation and are not happy should leave will go over the heads of his cult. So will this cartoon.

If you’re not happy and think we should “make America great again,” then why don’t you just leave?

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Fish Girl Fury


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White conservatives, the most victimized group in the history of victimization and creators of the term “snowflake,” are livid that a black girl has been cast as Ariel in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Little Mermaid.

White scorn and condemnation were heaped upon Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry over the casting choice. She hadn’t received this much crap since 2004 when she was cast to play Catwoman. Perhaps the most unfortunate thing about that is Halle Berry was NOT cast to play Ariel in the Disney remake. Nope. That honor goes to Halle Bailey, an up and coming actress and one half of R&B duo Chloe X Halle, a group she’s in with her sister (in case you’re one of those white conservatives, her sister’s name is Chloe).

My first thought when I heard Berry had been cast wasn’t about her skin tone. I was confused because of her age. I thought maybe they were reanimating it or something. It boggled my mind. I mean, Halle Berry is beautiful but at age 52, she’s a little old to be defying her father’s orders about socializing with land dwellers (though she’s always welcome to socialize with me). Bailey, at age 19, does seem like a good choice for a disobedient teenage fish girl.

Usually, I’m more annoyed about there being a remake than I am about who’s starring in it. It seems Hollywood has run out of ideas. Ironically, the most original ideas that have been coming out of Hollywood over the past couple of decades have been animations. With Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King coming out later this year, and now The Little Mermaid, Disney seems hellbent on making live actions of all their animated classics. Personally, I’m looking forward to the outrage over the casting choice in Steamboat Willie.

I think white conservatives troll the internet looking for issues to get upset over. Back in 2013 when mixed-race couples were fairly new to commercials, they were livid over a black man married to a white woman in a Cheerios commercial. Now, almost every commercial features a mixed-race couple which seems smarts if you want to market your product to everyone. Now, they get upset over stuff like there not being an American flag on Nike shoes or “Merry Christmas” not being displayed on Starbucks cups, or someone pointed out that their racist president is a racist.

The funny thing is, the hypocrisy goes way back and extends to today over white casting choices. No white people were upset when Katherine Hepburn was cast in an Asian role in 1944 or a white guy as Charlie Chan in 1935. Hell, even John Wayne was once cast as an Asian. JOHN WAYNE! In recent history, actresses Emma Stone and Scarlett Johansson have been cast to play Asians. 2018’s Crazy Rich Asians was historic in that it was a Hollywood film that actually cast Asians for Asian roles.

The people upset over Bailey’s casting point out that The Little Mermaid is from a Danish fairy tale (if you’re a Republicans, Danish is Denmark). Obviously, Scandinavia is one of the whitest places in the world (which came as news to former Trump Homeland Security Director Kirstjen Nielsen, but she’s a Republican), so Hans Christian Andersen’s little mermaid was white. But, it should be pointed out, especially if you’re a Republican, that mermaids are fictional. Also, according to folklore, mermaids want to kill you. If you come up to me about a mermaid trying to kill you after luring you in with a siren love song, my first question isn’t going to be “what color was it?” My first question will be, “did it look like Daryl Hannah?”

Do we still care about stories and the talent of those telling them? Maybe we should hold judgment until we see the movie. Michael Keaton wasn’t taken seriously as the choice for 1989’s Batman until everyone saw it. Now, every new Batman is compared to Keaton. After being criticized for his casting, people were pleasantly surprised that Tom Cruise didn’t Top Gun it in that vampire movie with Brad Pitt.

Jason Momoa didn’t get much heat for playing Aquaman, despite playing the whitest superhero ever and him being of Native Hawaiian ancestry. But maybe people were mostly relieved he wouldn’t be splashing around wear a green and orange leotard. The lesson I’m trying to apply here is that race wasn’t a factor in that movie because there was nothing that could have saved Aquaman from being major suckage. I mean, it’s Aquaman for God’s sake. As for anger at movies, shouldn’t all that energy be reserved for anything new that Adam Sandler makes? Don’t we suspend believability over him always getting the hot girl or the fact people keep giving him money to make the same movie over and over?

Hopefully, Baily does better than Momoa did as Aquaman and Berry did as Catwoman. If you’re still upset about a black girl playing a fictional fish girl, then don’t see the movie, but let your kids go. Black Jesus will be very upset if you raise them to be as racist as you are.

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Reparation Boy


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White conservatives like to get upset and pretend they’re being victimized. For these people, equal rights mean fewer rights for them. That’s their logic.

Gay pride parade? Then why don’t we have a straight pride parade? Black history month? Why can’t we have a white history month? Black president? Why can’t we have a racist president?

Now, with the talk of reparations for the descendants of slaves in the United States, white conservatives are once again getting upset. They argue that since they’ve never owned a slave and nobody alive in this nation was ever a slave, then why should there be reparations. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell even believes that the “original sin” of slavery has been paid off since one of our 45 presidents was black. A president he stole from and swore to fight to limit to one term.

While nobody in the United States ever owned or was a slave, the entirety of American society is descended from the slavery era, which went from 1619 to 1865. After slavery was abolished, America still persecuted black Americans. Today, black Americans make less than their white counterparts. The average household wealth for African-Americans is 1/16th of that for white families.

Today, there are Americans whose parents were denied their right to vote. Today, there are Americans still being denied their right to vote. We even have a president who practiced housing discrimination based upon applicants’ race.

And, while you argue that you never benefited from white privilege, you never had to give your white son a lecture on how to talk to a cop so he doesn’t kill you for being white in public. I could argue that I never benefited from white privilege, but my talk was how to avoid getting a ticket, not avoiding being shot.

One of my copy editors made the point to me this morning, that people argue “if it hasn’t happened to me personally, then it’s not a problem.” White conservatives believe this is a case of people wanting something for free, but it’s not free. Black Americans paid for it. They’re still paying for it. Many of these people saying “get over it” are still waving a Confederate flag and demanding that their statues not be removed.

The inability to understand that society treats people differently depending on their race is about as sound as Joe Biden’s argument that racist pro-segregation senators respected him because they never called him “boy.” Why can’t we all just get along as well as white Joe Biden did with white racists?

Biden, a liberal, is committing the same sin white conservatives commit on a daily basis. He’s having it explained to him by Cory Booker, a black man, and in return, Biden has demanded Booker apologize to him.  What’s next? Is Biden going to refer to Obama as his black friend?

The bill currently in Congress will not dole out cash to every black American if passed. It will only give a study on reparations. It’s designed to someday make the nation wake up and confront the damage inflicted upon it by slavery that lingers today. We need to move on from being a nation of sorry, not sorry.

We need a better answer than saying reparations have been made because we elected a black president when you didn’t even vote for that president yourself.

The descendants of those who profited from slavery are arguing the bill has been paid when they refuse to even look at the IOU.

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Appeal Of Gerrymandering


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The majority of Americans do not vote Republican anymore. The Republican party is outdated, racist, for the rich and corporations, and stuck in the past. Most Americans have moved forward. As evidenced by the 2016 presidential election, they can’t win the presidency by getting the majority of votes.

The GOP knows this which is why they cling to power through voter suppression, dirty tricks, fear, disinformation, and help from Russian troll farms. But, one of their greatest tools in winning and retaining congressional and legislative seats is gerrymandering. The gerrymandering isn’t coordinated to shift voters politically, but racially, which is illegal.

Even in states that do vote majority Republicans, the Republicans cheat with racial gerrymandering. North Carolina is currently being sued for racial gerrymandering.

In Virginia, my home state, Republicans in the House of Delegates redrew 11 districts, each having at least 55 percent black residents of voting age. The Democrats sued and won. It was appealed to the Supreme Court where the lower court’s ruling was upheld.

Basically, Democrats argued that these eleven districts were unlawful because they featured too many black voters, diminishing their power across the state and in other districts. That’s a trick Republicans have been using for decades. They group as many black voters into a district as possible, give themselves a medal for allowing black voters to elect one of their own while diluting their vote across the rest of the state, thus creating more conservative and white representation. It’s a shell game.

It’s the job of the state Attorney General to fight for Virginia in court. Currently, Virginia’s AG is Mark Herring, a Democrat. He did his job in fighting for the gerrymandered districts but he refused to appeal. Then, Republicans took over and spent millions of taxpayer dollars taking it to the highest court in the land…where they lost.

The majority opinion was written by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and she was joined by Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayer. What was surprising is that they were joined by conservative Justices Clarence Thomas and Trump appointee and owner of Merrick Garland’s seat, Neil Gorsuch. But, don’t feel jubilant that these two justices voted for what was right racially. They voted on procedure.

They ruled that the House of Delegates did not have the legal authority to appeal the case and that the only one who did was the state Attorney General.

Ginsburg wrote for the majority, “The House, we hold, lacks authority to displace Virginia’s Attorney General as representative of the state. We further hold that the House, as a single chamber of a bicameral legislature, has no standing to appeal the invalidation of the redistricting plan separately from the state of which it is a part.” That’s what we call an RGB mic drop. Basically, they were speaking for their party, not the state. They didn’t even include the Senate side of the General Assembly.

Virginia AG Mark Herring said, “It is unfortunate that the House Republicans wasted millions of taxpayer dollars and months of litigation in a futile effort to protect racially gerrymandered districts.” Basically, Virginia Republicans used millions of taxpayer dollars to fight for racism.

Last year, there was a huge turnout of Democratic voters, not just nationwide, but also in Virginia. The GOP holds the state House by only one vote, and that’s because they won a coin toss. Seriously. Now, there’s another statewide election this year and the new racially neutral districts will stand. When the deck is even, Republicans lose.

Democrats are in a strong position to win more seats. If they can continue the enthusiasm and momentum from 2018, election day will be huge for them. What they have going against them is it’s an off-year election and that entire blackface thing with the governor and the rape charges against the Lieutenant Governor.

Republicans didn’t have the right to appeal this case. And, much like Donald Trump, they don’t have much appeal to the majority of Virginia’s voters…even when they’re not wearing their hoods.

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Boyz In The Hoods


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Republicans are finally punishing one of their own for racism.

House Republicans, now in the minority, have removed Iowa Congressman Steve King from all committees for making racist comments. This is a huge loss for Iowa, as it’s an agricultural state without a representative on the Agriculture Committee. After being sent back to the House for a ninth term, there’s apparently nothing more important in Western Iowa than pork and racism. If it wasn’t for his power to vote with the rest of the members of Congress, King would be as powerless as the representatives from D.C. and Puerto Rico.

King’s remarks became too toxic, even for Republicans. What they refused to stand for were comments about Mexicans being rapists and murderers, saying a judge of Mexican descent was unqualified to judge him because of his race, calling black athletes “sons of bitches,” questioning the intelligence of African-Americans, calling a Senator with Native-American heritage “Pocahontas,” referring to nations where brown people come from as “shithole countries,” and defending Nazis after a riot where a young woman was killed.

My mistake. Each of those comments was by Donald Trump, the current Republican president of the United States. Republicans are OK with his racism.

There was a time Republicans called Trump a racist, but then he won the presidency, and they all bent over for him. Regarding King, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “I have no tolerance for such positions and those who espouse these views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms.” Regarding racist comments by Donald Trump, McConnell is deaf.

The comments King made that were unacceptable to the House GOP were said in an interview with The New York Times. King asked, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?”

My question is; why did that language just now become offensive to Republicans?

He’s being criticized by Iowan Senators Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, with the latter calling for his resignation. But both of those Republicans endorsed him in his reelection bid despite a long history of racist comments.

In the past, he’s courted far-right foreign leaders, endorsed a neo-Nazi, proposed electric wiring atop a border wall to treat illegal immigrants like straying livestock, said young migrants had “calves the size of cantaloupes because they’re hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert,” and talked about the impossibility of sustaining “civilization with somebody else’s babies.”

The House is probably going to censure Steve King, he already has opponents for 2020, and two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, The Des Moines Register and The Sioux City Journal, published editorials Tuesday urging King to resign.

Censuring and even removing Steve King from Congress won’t help the GOP with their image on race if they defend Donald Trump from impeachment and endorse him in 2020, which they will do.

For all their condemnation against racist remarks, the Republican Party will remain a magnet for white nationalists, white supremacists, Nazis, and Klansmen.

Note: Tonight, my interview by Mr. Media, Bob Andelman, debuts on YouTube at 9:00 p.m. EST. We talk about cartoons and stuff. There will be a live chat with me during the debut in which you can ask questions. Toon in.

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Mr. Haterworth


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Donald Trump has an issue with black women. He’s said time and time again that Representative Maxine Waters has a low IQ, he’s feuded with a Gold Star mother who is black and the black congresswoman who defended her, Frederica Wilson. He claimed Stacey Abrams was “unqualified” to be governor of Georgia, despite the fact she was deputy city attorney in Atlanta and has been a member of the Georgia House of Representatives since 2007 and Minority Leader in the House since 2011, which is more government and political experience than hosting a reality TV show.

Of course, Trump doesn’t like black people in general. Before the midterms, he called Florida’s Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum a “thief.” He’s black, so he must be stealing something, right? Trump issues juvenile insults toward all races, but there’s an extra special zeal he puts into it when it comes to black women. When those black women are journalists, well it just gets worse.

Last week, Trump attacked three female journalists in a derisive manner for their audacity of asking him questions.

CNN’s Abby Phillip asked Trump if his acting-Attorney General would “rein in” Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Trump responded with, “What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions.” It wasn’t a stupid question, and he didn’t answer it.

He went after American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan for asking him a question about alleged voter suppression in the midterm elections. Trump shouted at her, “Sit down! I didn’t call you. Such a hostile media, it’s so sad. You rudely interrupted him,” he told her, referring to another reporter.

Later, he threatened to pull her White House press credentials, as he did with CNN’s Jim Acosta. “You talk about someone who’s a loser. She doesn’t know what the hell she’s doing. She gets publicity and then she gets a pay raise, or she gets a contract with, I think, CNN. But she’s very nasty and she shouldn’t be. You’ve got to treat the White House and the office of the presidency with respect.” Yes, treating the White House and office of the presidency with respect is a great idea. Unfortunately, screaming at reporters doesn’t do that.

A few moments after screaming at Ryan, he screamed at PBS NewsHour’s Yamiche Alcindor for asking about his recent characterization of himself as “a nationalist” and whether that label was “emboldening white nationalists.” Trump told her, “I don’t know why you say that, that is such a racist question.” Racists always believe it’s racist to point out their racism.

Personally, I’d love to see Trump get stuck in an elevator with Madea.

Creative note: I originally had this idea with Aunt Jemima, but I wasn’t sure if they still, or ever, had a bottle in the shape of a woman. I also wasn’t too sure about this idea. Then, while watching football and eating hot wings at a bar yesterday, I saw the new commercial of KFC’s Colonel dancing with Mrs. Butterworth. I think the cartoon gods were using that disturbing commercial to tell me I had to do this cartoon, and that I was confusing Aunt Jemima with Mrs. Butterworth. Maybe racist corporate mascots all look alike to me.

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Growing Up Eastwood


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Clint Eastwood is a brilliant artist. I’m not talking about his skill as an actor but as a film maker. Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Flags Of Our Fathers, Letters From Iwo Jima, Gran Torino, and Trouble With The Curve are all movies where you would think the creator was a person with a sophisticated mind.

Then that creator goes to the Republican National Convention in 2012 and argues with an empty chair. He then made the film American Sniper, which was a decent enough movie, but was very loose with the truth and fed right wing propaganda.

You wonder what Eastwood believes about race with a movie like Gran Torino and then giving an interview like he did with Esquire last week where he tried to sell us that racism isn’t racism.

In the interview Eastwood says the stuff we call racism today wasn’t called racism when he was growing up. Of course it wasn’t. It was normal and most of the time, legal. Discrimination, segregation, white lunch counters and drinking fountains, making blacks ride on the back of the bus, were all legal. Interracial marriage was illegal. Just because they didn’t call it racism doesn’t mean it wasn’t racism.

Referring to Donald Trump, Eastwood said: He’s onto something, because secretly everybody’s getting tired of political correctness, kissing up. That’s the kiss-ass generation we’re in right now. We’re really in a p**** generation. Everybody’s walking on eggshells. We see people accusing people of being racist and all kinds of stuff. When I grew up, those things weren’t called racist.

So basically the guy who retweets tweets from white supremacists should be given a pass and we should all get over it. Eastwood actually said it’s a sad time in history and people should get over stuff instead of calling racism for what it is, because awe shucks…the days of Jim Crow were awesome for everybody. Well, everybody with the same skin color as Clint Eastwood.

He didn’t stop there. He said Hillary Clinton will be “a tough voice to hear for four years.” It’s OK when men shout but woman should know their place I guess.

On parenting he said “for a man, once you’ve sired your pups, you’re done.” Raising kids is left to women while the men have careers. If he thinks he had to struggle with a black president, he’s really gonna have a hard time with a woman in the Oval Office.

According to Eastwood this generation is a bunch of wimps (I’m not using the word he actually used) and we’re too politically correct. Political correctness is really about being a decent person. You don’t have to walk on eggshells, as Clint suggests. It just means you shouldn’t walk on other people.

It’s hypocritical for a geezer clinging to the methods of the Jim Crow era to accuse this generation of being a bunch of wussies (replace the “w” with a “p”) while he’s the one being a great big cry baby.

I’m starting to think the old man in Gran Torino is semi-biographical on Eastwood. If the racist old man doesn’t like the changing colors of his neighborhood perhaps he should just move.

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