Monday, October 24, 2011
Does this cartoon cross the line?
From the Queens Tribune:
U.S. Rep. Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) is scrutinizing a story in the Oct. 7 issue of The Wave and says the political cartoon that ran alongside the story is a “racist caricature.”
Meeks, whose district includes a portion of The Rockaways, is up for reelection next November. The Wave lists Meeks’ ethical troubles, including New Direction Local Development Corp, a non-profit started by Meeks and State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Jamaica) currently under federal investigation for allegedly mishandling funds.
“That kind of stereotyping of African-American elected officials that goes back to the days of Reconstruction just can’t be tolerated,” Meeks said. He said more than 25 of his constituents who read the paper called his office in outrage.
“It’s not only an insult to me, but an insult to every African-American that has seen that cartoon,” the Congressman added.
The article’s author and Managing Editor Howard Schwach disagrees. “It’s not racist and it was a reflection of the reality of the situation. Meeks and Smith are tied up in several schemes to get money and not do much for the community,” Schwach said.
Bolling, a black cartoonist, defends his caricature, and says it is just that - a caricature.