The cartoon by artist Johannes Leak was published earlier this week, attempted to call out the Democrats for their tokenism and racial pandering, according to the paper’s editor-in-chief, Christopher Dore.
The controversial cartoon depicts a smiling Joe Biden announcing that it’s time to “heal a nation divided by racism” before beckoning Harris to the podium while he goes “for a lie-down.”
Needless to say, the liberal social media mob’s backlash was swift and immediate.
Science writer Ketan Joshi described the cartoon as “ludicrously racist,”
Here's your little reminder of how ludicrously racist Australian commercial media are. This is in the country's only national daily newspaper: pic.twitter.com/7oN7bjRWLO
— Ketan Joshi (@KetanJ0) August 13, 2020
But wait a minute…
Christopher Dore sent a note to staff stating:
“The words ‘little black and brown girls’ belong to Joe Biden, not Johannes, and were uttered by the presidential candidate when he named Kamala Harris as his running mate yesterday. He repeated them in a tweet soon after.
The intention of Johannes’s commentary was to ridicule identity politics and demean racism, not perpetuate it.
The Australian, and Johannes, opposes racism in all of its guises.”
This morning, little girls woke up across this nation — especially Black and Brown girls who so often may feel overlooked and undervalued in our society — potentially seeing themselves in a new way: As the stuff of Presidents and Vice Presidents.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) August 12, 2020
But Joshi responded to Dore by stating that Joe Biden’s words had been taken out of context and twisted to use against him.
Defenders of the cartoon alluded to Joe Biden’s own alleged history of racism, and his pandering to skin color and gender when choosing Kamala Harris.
Joe Biden is a racist. The black community deserves to know who Joe Biden really is.
With your help, me and my team at The Free Thinker Project will put this ad directly in front of black voters.
— CJ Pearson (@thecjpearson) August 10, 2020
My little brown girl, who is now a young wife and mother, was taught her skin tone does not define her future she is a person that will DEMAND to be judged on her intellect, kindness and accomplishments. She doesn’t need to see token appointments based on physical attributes.
— beccasu (Parlor: CocoaMonoi) (@CocoaMonoi) August 12, 2020