Bil Browning

Indy Star Publishes Racist Cartoon Because Diversity

Filed By Bil Browning | November 22, 2014 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Media
Tags: Gary Varvel, Indianapolis Star, racist cartoon


Every time I hear an Indiana civic leader complain that Americans think Hoosiers are racist homophobic bigots, I roll my eyes and want to say, "Then maybe we should stop proving them right."

Yesterday, the Indianapolis Star decided to publish a racist cartoon from far-right shit weasel Gary Varvel. Faced with a backlash from outraged readers, the paper has explained their actions. Racism = diversity.

After several readers took to the Star's Facebook page to complain about the cartoon and decry the obvious racism, the paper posted this comment:

Our opinion section houses a diverse slate of voices from all points on the political spectrum, and we believe it's important to showcase as many perspectives as possible. Thank you for your feedback. We are listening and discussing this cartoon.

With the newspaper firing reporters, editors, and photographers left and right, they've always found a reason to keep Varvel. For the record, he is the only cartoonist employed by the Star. Maybe someone should explain to them what "diversity" actually means.

Because it doesn't mean "the only one" and it sure as fuck doesn't mean "racism."

You can leave your thoughts on their Facebook page.

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