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Select Your Outrage


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People need to put a little more focus into their outrage.

Former Stanford student and convicted rapist Brock Turner was just released from jail three months into a six-month sentence. Many critics of his lean sentencing point out there are African-Americans serving much harsher sentences for lesser offenses that are non-violent, like drug possession.

Meanwhile, a lot of people are still engaging in full rage hissy fits over Colin Kaepernick refusing to stand for the national anthem because he doesn’t like the way this country treats black people. Donald Trump tells us on a daily basis this country isn’t great and so-called patriots want to give him our nuclear codes. A black athlete tell us it isn’t great and everyone loses their minds.

I am much less bothered by an athlete engaging in a silent and peaceful protest than I am with white privilege slapping a white rich kid on the wrist after he rapes a young woman.

If you’ve engaged in social media or in a conversation expressing outrage over Kaepernick but have remained silent on Brock Turner, then you have proven Kaepernick has a point.

Maybe you should sit down.

 

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Just A Little Bit Rapey


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Today Donald Trump compared the benefits of Trump University to Stanford University. I think he was just comparing the odds of being raped.

Brock Turner, a former student at Stanford University and swim team member was convicted of three felony counts of sexual assault and sentenced to just six months behind bars last week for raping an unconscious woman behind a dumpster. The judge has sparked national outrage by citing the potential of Brock’s “bright” future, and only sentenced him to six months in jail, which he would be eligible for early release after three. He’s not even going to big boy prison. He’ll do less time than people convicted of selling or even possessing marijuana in many cases.

In addition to this ruling, Turner is appealing because three months in jail is just too much time to serve for rape. Prick.

His victim read a letter in court to her assailant. Part of it reads:  “I want to show people that one night of drinking can ruin two lives.’ You and me. You are the cause, I am the effect. You have dragged me through this hell with you, dipped me back into that night again and again. You knocked down both our towers, I collapsed at the same time you did. If you think I was spared, came out unscathed, that today I ride off into sunset, while you suffer the greatest blow, you are mistaken.”

Heavy and very powerful. She’s right.

One of Brock’s buddies wrote a letter to the court blaming the entire thing on alcohol and two kids being stupid. Brock’s daddy said his son shouldn’t receive too harsh of a penalty for only 20 minutes of action. How about that! I never knew rape had a meter.

You can’t blame alcohol. You can’t blame the victim. You can’t say it’s because she dressed really nice, as if being turned on isn’t your problem to deal with. You can’t blame it on her being “slutty.” You can’t even blame it on her if she touched your butt.

No still means no. A woman unconscious and thus being incapable of saying no also means no.

Brock and his frat boy white privilege is getting off light. Personally, I think the judge should throw him in the dumpster.

I might be the first cartoonist to cover this issue. I won’t be the last, partly because I set the trends. HAHA. Seriously, I can think of only one cartoonist who is probably working on it right now and I totally expect it to be awesome.

Most of my newspapers will not run this cartoon. I fully realize that. But sometimes you have to make a statement while knowing most won’t share it.

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