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February 18, 2009

President Obama Will Kill You Dead


Darryl Cagle couches his conversation of the cheery Mike Lester cartoon shown above in terms of whether or not young people will understand the reference, which is an interesting way to go. For me, this underlines the more general struggles that cartoonists have in staking out strong positions. It's entirely possible that Mike Lester thinks that the fervent belief many have in the current president will kill them dead the same way belief in Jim Jones meant the death of 918 in the rogue religious leader's Guyana compound. That's hardcore, but okay. Yet if he means anything else I'm not sure it even begins to get communicated through this kind of upsetting imagery. Ironically, like many things related to Jim Jones, it's hard to muster any criticism of this based on race.
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