Is this racist? – Controversial Cartoon from Florida Times-Union

hoThis controversial cartoon was run in the Florida Times-Union and was meant to criticize “no snitching” movement in hip hop, however it has sparked outrage within the black community and has caused the newspaper’s editor to issue an apology.

I think it is very ironic.  This cartoon reflects what is going on in the black community.  We are in large part saying “I didn’t see nuttin”.  A Florida newspaper would know…the should see “summtin” with regard to the Dunbar Village case…but then that would take black outrage.  I wonder if they’ve received as many calls that they report on that story as they have about this cartoon.  If the African American community seeing anything with regard to the Jena 6?  What about seeing the ignorance and lack of learning in the schools that our children attend that makes them susceptible to thinking that not snitching is a good thing…an honorable thing.

Black people, this cartoon, for whatever it is…it does have a point.  Are we seeing what is going on or are we just seeing blatant ignorance and violence in our own communities and doing nothing?  Are we good lil hoes?  Who’s hoes are we?  A hoe…a prostitute must work and bring their money back to the pimp.  A hoe is used and doesn’t have control of their resources.   Are we hoes to the economy…ask yourself all you subprime mortgage holders…heading to foreclosure?  Are we in control of our communities?  No, not when our women have to live in fear of being raped.  Who’s hoes are we, I ask again?  Hoe-ing is not that much different than being a slave.  We can’t be enslaved…we must stand up and not just allow things like crime and ignorant movements based on a false sense of hood honor to degrade us.

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4 Responses to Is this racist? – Controversial Cartoon from Florida Times-Union

  1. mimi

    The use of the word ‘ho’ opened the door for criticism. A good editor would have omitted the word and not give people the opportunity to wiggle out of dealing with the point the cartoon was trying to make.

    I’m black and you have to realize the black community is in denial. They simply do not want to accept criticism because of the feeling that racism is so pervasive in their lives, and until the government owns up and makes changes that will impact their lives for the better, they don’t want to hear it…. Yes. I know.

    After a crime like this, in particular, you can no longer make a legitimate argument on that score. An article dealing with the recent killing of an Oakland journalist made an excellent point. The radicalism of the 60′s has turned into criminality. This new generation has anger, but no political consciousness because they are ignornant. And in some cases arrogantly proud of that ignorance. The absence of knowledge has their actions turning into common thuggery, criminality and violent behavior.

    The ‘Don’t Snitch’ credo is misguided and that’s a gross understatement. It reflects an old axiom: ‘the best slave is one who beats him or herself.’ Black on black crime is cannibalism in its purist form. Until blacks get their collective heads out of their a___es, we will continue eating each other and pointing the finger at an indifferent goverment and white community.

    Afterall, we’re solving their problem for them. Too bad, none of our so-called black leaders will stand up and say this. Obviously, they are too well paid by the status quo.

  2. mimi

    One more thing, when making commentary on black people, aren’t we worthy of a little research. It’s available. Had the cartoonist and the editor done a little, they would have come up with another word. Say like, ‘homegirl’ for example. Or ‘sista’ or ‘girlfriend.’ My point is that the critique was valid, but it was dismissed because of sloppy editorial practise.

  3. smokebelch

    This case has been making big headlines over in England …

    http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1013/1013306_jessie_inquest_hailed.html

    … the courts and the coroner have been bending over backwards to get people to give evidence, using new technology, and pushing to the limit the degree of anonymity and protection they’re allowed to give. It seems to have worked, but it’s a shame they’ve had to go there.

    My first reaction at the cartoon was a slight cringe at the word ‘ho’. But thinking about it more I take Eb’s point about it signifying black people not being in control of their own communities. I’d have run with it as it as [but braced myself for the complaints!]

  4. mimi

    Not me. The point of the cartoon was valid. Why invalidate it by using the wrong word? The word ‘ho’ in and of itself is a hotbed topic. (Don Imus ring a bell?) And it has nothing to do with the ‘Don’t Snitch’ credo. Omitting it would not have changed the cartoonists intent. It was wrong to run with it as is when a simple word change could have made all the difference.

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