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Washington Times Condemned For ‘Race-Baiting’ Political Cartoon

Washington Time runs race baiting political add Debo Adegbile, President Obama’s nominee to head the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, was the target of a “race-baiting” political cartoon that was published in the Washington Times and the illustration has provoked a major backlash from civil rights groups.

On Thursday, a cartoon featuring Adegbile and convicted murderer Mumia Abu Jamal was published in the Washington Times. It depicted  Adegbile holding up a sign that reads “Cop Killer” with a puppet version of Jamal over his shoulder in a prison jumpsuit.

Adegbile is the NAACP Legal Defense Fund official who is known for his work defending Jamal, who was accused of killing a police officer.

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, slammed the cartoon as  “reminiscent of the racist iconography of late 19th century America, designed to dehumanize and stereotype African-Americans who were only beginning to throw off the shackles of chattel slavery.”

Ever since Obama nominated Adegbile, he has become the target of much scrutiny by the public.

According to Henderson, however, that is merely the result of “race-baiting” politics.

“Until today, we’ve ignored the race-baiting and dog whistle politics that form the basis of opposition to Debo Adegbile’s nomination to head the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice,” Henderson said in a public statement. “We’ve disregarded the distortions about Adegbile’s efforts to ensure that all Americans can live and work free of discrimination, and we’ve thoughtfully debunked the fearmongering around his work on death-penalty cases like that Mumia Abu Jamal.”

Despite heavy criticism by conservatives of Adegbile’s work, the head of the American Bar Association felt that he deserved praise.

Adegbile’s work was described as being “consistent with the finest tradition of this country’s legal profession and should be commended, not condemned.”

Henderson compared the cartoon to the McCarthy hearings of the 1950s.

“This type of character assassination harkens back to the baseless and unrelenting attacks by Senator Joseph McCarthy during the 1950s McCarthy hearings, which led counsel Joseph Welch to ask Senator McCarthy, ‘Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last?’ “ Henderson said. “ ‘Have you left no sense of decency?’ “

The National Law Journal has also released findings that suggest hypocrisy of  conservatives’ criticism of Adegbile’s nomination.

According to the journal, conservative Chief Justice John Roberts also represented a man who was on death row after he was  “convicted in the murder of eight people.”

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5 thoughts on “Washington Times Condemned For ‘Race-Baiting’ Political Cartoon

  1. Theresa 'Tammie' Parrott says:

    America was concieved with racism, violence. Not much has changed and it won't! The best that black people can do is learn about self. Marcus Garvey taught not to worry about racism. We need to be focused on education. Learning math, science and how to build things. We need to understand the difference between assimulation and intergration. There is a difference! Stop party idenifying ourselves because neither party has our best interest at heart. One party doesn't want our vote, the other take our vote for granted. We need to unite and decide as a people what is best for us. We need to decide within our own community who is best to respresent us at the local, state and federal level. Not the Democratic or Republican Party. We can't contribute anything to this country in the state of mind that we are in. We cannot leave our children and grandchildren in this country with the state of mind that we all have been indoctrinated into. We cannot continue to fool ourselves into believing that this is a country designed to include us because it wasn't.

    We are all human beings on this earth before anything else. No one was born racist, it's taught. Racism is a mental illness and there is nothing we can do about it. We need to speak the truth and let the chips fall where it may and keep it moving.

    It's not only what is happening in America because racism is global when it comes to people that look like us. In reading the writings of the brilliant scholar Dr. John Henrik Clark is, if you read European history, then read the history of Ancient African and Egyptian history, we would better understand what we are up against. The past affects the present and future. We can never change anything until we understand that concept.

    The American educational system is just a piece of the puzzle. The other part is reading what the American educational system has excluded to it's benefit, not yours.

    Black History is 365 days in my world, not just the month of Febuary. But to all of you that celebrate Black History the month of February, Happy Black History Month!

  2. Will they mirror this imagery when a police officer kills another innocent? Title it "Citizen Killer". I remember the cartoons as a child in the 80s where 'black' people were portrayed as uncivilized feral beings with exaggerated features. At the time I was young so I didn't think anything of it but as a man I have the ability to recognize these things. Awareness is everything.

  3. Farntella Graham says:

    I no white cops who have murdered Black cops. you consider them cop killers?

  4. D Oliver Martin says:

    WE are expendable in the quest for an ALL white, or at least minimum black society..All other races seem to get at least a partial free pass as to where they live or go to chool etc.. sick to my stomach

  5. Farntella Graham says:

    D Oliver Martin they are expendable. they are genetically recessive and can be no more. they push race mixing with us more than any other group because they do not have the power over those groups like they have over Black people. leave that a$$ alone. he is not welcome.

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