This 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.