The cartoon above is from the current issue of The New Yorker, the woke urban sophisticate’s bible, renowned for its witty, esoteric cartoons since its founding in the flapper era. And yet as woke and progressive and Democratic Party-bootlicking-addicted as it is, The New Yorker rarely includes black characters in its cartoons, and hasn’t since its inception. I checked the most recent compendium of New Yorker cartoons covering eight decades and thousands and thousand of humorous drawings. In only a handful (out of thousands and thousands) do cartoon characters of color even appear in crowd scenes and backgrounds. If they do, they look like the male character above from the only cartoon from the current New Yorker issue to show black characters at all. There were 14 cartoons in the issue, and in the outlier above, blacks are portrayed as white people with tans. I’m sure some professor somewhere will pronounce that representation as offensive anyway.Is this aversion to black cartoon characters racist? Of course not. The New Yorker is terrified of being called racist. Cartoons by their nature involve funny, exaggerated, satirical pictures, and making fun of blacks is simply not permitted in American society in 2022. It is why Barack Obama was almost never anything but a straight man in “Saturday Night Live” skits during his entire 8 years in the White House. But blacks’ absence from the humor of the New Yorker is far more sweeping, and far more destructive to unity and racial comity in the United States. than SNL’s cowardice. This important cultural influencer portrays a version of the nation in which blacks don’t exist.
This is the double-bind black activists have created for white society and American society in general, a double standard where an entire community insists on being treated as permanent victims, so delicate and hyper-sensitive to “micro-aggressions” that they must be shielded from normal social interaction. They also raise the very real threat of tarring as racist and purveyors of systemic racism anyone or any institution that dares to stray from the safest and blandest of communications. Naturally, woke and sensitive allies dare not cross these lines, nor criticize their existence. Without normal social interaction, blacks can never be truly included in American culture and society, making genuine diversity impossible to achieve.
Good job, everyone!