I was greatly disappointed at the publishing of the political cartoon by Gary McCoy in Sunday’s Casper Star Tribune. The cartoon depicts four African-American men protesting in Ferguson, Missouri. Like most of McCoy’s work, the cartoon shows black people as lawless, thick-lipped, illiterate vandals. (You should see how he views gay people and women.) The four men--pants falling down, hats on backwards--are stealing, and holding signs that say this protest is about having larger televisions, not about justice for the unarmed teenager who was shot by a policeman. McCoy, a lifelong captive in cliché’s prison-yard, has certainly outdone himself this time.
Political cartoons can be offensive, satirical, funny, thought-provoking, mind- blowing, and astonishingly beautiful. (See “The German Tango” by Dutch cartoonist Louis Raemaekers, for example.) Cartoonists have been jailed for their views; magazines and newspapers have gone under for publishing them. These cartoons are important in that they generate public debate, question the powerful and privileged, cause us to defend our positions. But this cartoon by McCoy does none of these things. It’s only cynical--like the bulk of his work. It is not aimed at identifiable public figures; it’s aimed at a race of people. It’s none of the things political cartons can aspire to be. It’s only sad. And it’s sad that you chose to publish it.