White Privilege

Ken And Karen


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If you’re on social media, that’s probably how you became aware of this story.

This story started because St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson publicized the names and addresses of her constituents who had written to her about defunding the police department during a Facebook Live stream. Protesters were on their way to her house, in a rich and snooty neighborhood, to let her know how they felt about that. Along the way, they encountered this charming couple.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who are personal injury lawyers, went out onto their lawn to point weapons at the protesters as they passed by. They were identified by St. Louis Today because, in 2018, they were featured in St. Louis Magazine about finishing renovations to their midwestern palazzo. What the fuck is a palazzo?

I don’t like to get my news from social media, but I will follow a tip. I wanted to know the entire scoop on this. How did I Google search? Did I type, “St. Louis assholes with guns?” Did I type, “St. Louis Snobby McSnobbersons?” Did I type, “Entitled jerkwad couple point guns at protesters?” Did I type, “shoeless racist gun nuts?” Nope.

I typed and searched for “Ken and Karen.” Bingo!

What’s a Ken and Karen? Ken is a male Karen. What’s a Karen? I’m glad you asked.

A Karen is a pejorative term for an older privileged obnoxious entitled woman who demands to get her way. The Urban Dictionary describes it as “rude, obnoxious and insufferable middle-aged white women.” A male of this species is often referred to as a “Ken” or a “male Karen.” “Man Karen” works too.

I know three Karens. I’m not sure about one of them but two are definitely NOT Karens. One is a fabulous musician who has released a couple of albums and whose first performance at SXSW was ruined by the coronavirus. She’s definitely NOT a Karen. The other is like a sister to me, thinks like I do on just about everything with politics, and she’s also not white. Well, maybe a little white. She’s all mixed up. She’s NOT a Karen.

But this pair of Karens in St. Louis are Karens. How entitled are these racist mansion dwellers? They were able to point loaded weapons at peaceful protesters and not be charged. In fact, a police report was filed because the protesters are accused of breaking through a gate and walking down a private street, and in this report, the two Karens are listed as…wait for it…victims.

How are they victims? Because a bunch of black people walked in front of their snooty-ass house? Oh no! Black people! Get the guns. Don’t bother putting on shoes….and yes, Rambo would wear a pink shirt, but tuck it in. Get out there and point!

Fuck the Karens.

In fact, there aren’t any reports of any homes being vandalized along the way. So why were the Karens justified to stand on their lawn, not just with weapons, but pointing them at human beings who were merely walking past their house? Oh yeah. Those human beings were black. If Ken and Karen have any black friends, I hope they never shoot them.

There was a protest in my town over the weekend. A couple of them actually…in support of the police. Shockingly enough, it was almost entirely white. The police didn’t obstruct these protesters. They didn’t follow them waiting for them to do something bad. They didn’t teargas them. They worked to protect those protesters. They worked to guard a bunch of Karens.

Yes, systemic racism is real. Yes, white privilege is a thing.

How can you tell if you’re a Karen? Are you a rich and entitled white asshole? Are you a non-rich entitled white asshole? Do you not believe in systemic racism? Can you protest against Black Lives Matter and get special treatment from cops? Can you stand in front of your mansion and point guns at peaceful black people without any repercussions?

Also, you may be a Karen if you own a palazzo, whatever the fuck that is.

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Safe To Go Out?


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I have white privilege. I grew up poor and I don’t feel like anyone ever gave me anything, but I still have white privilege. If you’re white, you have that same privilege. You had the privilege of not being afraid by stepping outside. If you want to help fight racism, the first thing you need to recognize is your privilege.

It’s not enough for white people to not be racist. White people now have to, need to be anti-racist. You need to speak out. It’s not enough that you “don’t see race,” and you’re probably lying when you say that. It’s OK to see race. But what you and I need to do is to join the fight against racism.

George Floyd was killed by police. Before they killed him, the police tortured him. They tortured him for 9 minutes in public, in broad daylight and in front of a crowd. The police believed they could get away with it. So far, they kinda-sorta have gotten away with it. While the cop who killed George Floyd and the three others who stood by and watched were all fired, none has been arrested or charged for any crimes. That is white privilege. It’s also police privilege.

While Donald Trump, as president (sic) has said he didn’t like what he saw, he has refused to say the police should be arrested or charged. Keep in mind, he’s screamed for President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Congressman Adam Schiff, and even MSNBC Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough to be charged and arrested. That is white privilege along with moronic privilege.

When white people see what’s going on and they have more to say about a riot and burning businesses than they do about the killing of George Floyd, that is white privilege. That is also racism.

It’s white privilege to look at burning buildings and to just pass it off as not having anything to do with the killing of George Floyd.

Refusing to try to understand why a building is set on fire after the murder of a black man by police is white privilege. You don’t have to approve of a riot, but you need to understand where it’s coming from. You need to understand why. It’s more than an opportunity to steal stuff or set the world on fire. And trust me, when that building is a police station, it’s a statement. It’s a loud statement and you still may not hear it.

It’s white privilege to scream having to wear a mask in public is a violation of your liberty and civil rights while not fighting for other people when their right to vote has been taken away.

It’s white privilege to claim you’ve never had white privilege.

It’s white privilege to look out your window and look forward to the day that we can socialize with friends, go to a bar or a restaurant, and return to normal.

When a black American looks out their window and see police killing another black man, they see we are returning to normal.

And when we can all go back outside, it will be back to normal for them because they don’t have our privilege.

White people, you have white privilege. You couldn’t get rid of it if you wanted to. But you can use it to help our fellow Americans get that same privilege. The racist dog lady weaponized race. Weaponize your white privilege for our fellow citizens because it’s just as much their country as it yours.

It’s not enough to not be racist. Be anti-racist.

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Blame It On Rio


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U.S. Olympic swimmers Ryan Lochte, Gunnar Bentz, Jimmy Feigen, and Jack Conger are currently in turmoil over their story about being mugged in Rio.

The athletes went out on the town to do some partying, stopped at a gas station to pee on a wall, and apparently damaged some property. Before the men could catch a cab security stopped them and demanded they make restitution. The entire ordeal probably would have went away quietly but Lochte being the spoiled, pampered, rich kid that he is decided to whine to the press about being mugged.

Rio suffers from a high crime rate and many worldwide expected that to be among the other issues, like Zyka, putrid water, crumbling infrastructure, NBC’s coverage, etc., to complicate the Olympics. Lochte took advantage of the city’s reputation to help build his profile, build sympathy for himself and exercise his white privilege. Maybe it would have helped with a new Nike contract and he could build a bigger pool for his home in a gated community.

Swim Shady claimed they were pulled out of a cab at gun point by men posing as police. Turns out it was a gas station rent-a-cop.

Lochte left Brasil before the truth started to emerge, but Bentz and Conger were stopped at the airport and taken into custody, eventually released after giving about $11,000 to a local charity. I haven’t read what happened to Feigen.

And yet, we still don’t have the truth. Rio’s police say the swimmers destroyed the bathroom, tearing down the door and a soap dispenser. Bentz says Lochte ripped down a sign and that the swimmers never entered the restroom and urinated outside. USA Today, acclaimed for brevity, colored weather maps, and bathroom investigations, visited the restroom and reported the door and dispenser were still intact. I smell a Pulitzer…that or someone forgot to give a courtesy flush.

Bentz says guns were pointed at them as they were ordered to sit on the sidewalk. After dishing out some cash the guns were put away and the swimmers caught another cab. That should have been the end of the story. I think we’ll continue to get new details over the next few weeks and maybe months. Maybe someone swiped a urinal cake or the cab’s pine tree air freshener.

The swimmers will ultimately be suspended by the U.S. Olympic committee and I wouldn’t expect Ryan Lochte to compete for the team four years from now in Tokyo.

One person who might have believed their pile of crap, if it had included a charge against our president, would have been former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Rudy built a reputation, respect and was admired world wide for his leadership after 9/11. As soon as Barack Obama was elected president he squandered it.

The man once accused Obama of not loving America because he wasn’t brought up “like you and I.” Last week he claimed there weren’t any terrorist attacks in the United States the eight years before Obama was elected president. That was really bizarre for the man who can’t order breakfast without mentioning 9/11 to totally forget that tragedy just because he hates the president. Rudy has dropped down to the level of stupid as birthers and those who blame Obama for Hurricane Katrina. I think we should point out the World Trade Center wasn’t destroyed until Giuliani was mayor.

In fact, Giuliani hates Obama so much he’s willing to become a racist, squander his reputation and credibility and support a racist orange Cheeto gnome for president.

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