The Arizona Desert Lamp

Guest column in today’s paper

Posted in Campus, Media by Evan Lisull on 7 November 2008

I have a guest column in today’s paper regarding the cartoon. For those of you who read the blog, these arguments will look very familiar:

“It’s an act of racism that’s trying to destroy the progress that this country has made,” said one. “(The Editor in Chief) should have a paper trail to follow her wherever she goes,” opined another. “This is a direct attack, and a direct offense.” These were among the more choice quotes from Wednesday evening’s emergency seminar on the instantly controversial cartoon that the Wildcat printed, the cartoon that hinted at the use of the “N-word.”

So who is the malignant, backward racist behind this foul piece? According to the artist’s biography, “Keith Knight is the ‘other’ black cartoonist.” Wait – what? Knight has had his original work purchased by Spike Lee; he is a member of a “semi-conscious hip-hop band,” the Marginal Prophets. In his blog post on Wednesday, he exulted over Barack Obama’s win: “Bravo, America. We took a big step forward in restoring our reputation in the world.” It’s highly specious to maintain that this man is bigoted against his own race.

Read the rest here.

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