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Rasheed, Muhammad. "A PSA from the Loyal Conquered." Cartoon. The Official Website of Cartoonist M. Rasheed 08 Jun 2019. Pen & ink w/Adobe Photoshop color.
Muhammad Rasheed - What compels non-Black 'People of Color' to defend white supremacy?
I noticed that some of the most rabid and wild-eyed defenders of white supremacy are actually non-Black People of Color (POCs) who seem to can’t wait to demonstrate their loyalty to the dominant group. When they show up in my comments, it often takes me aback, and leaves me wondering how to proceed without being mean about it.
I understand the nature of “cooning” among my own people of the American Descendants of Slavery (ADOS), but I’ve always assumed that the fact the POC groups—who have vast sovereign nations behind them with unbroken lineages/heritages they can proudly trace back thousands of years—wouldn’t have need to willingly subjugate themselves to the white racist aristocracy in this pathetic and embarrassing way. I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve given these groups too much credit and the traits that cause ‘cooning’ among my people are in fact universal.
Tony Wright - It'd be nice to see a cartoon acknowledging that not all whites identify with the fat white slob depicted here even if a lot of them obviously do. Nice artwork here as usual!
Muhammad Rasheed - I'm positive there are other cartoonists who explore the depictions that you'd prefer to see, Tony.
Tony Wright - Not prefer, just for a change.
Muhammad Rasheed - I'm positive you can find that change with other cartoonists who draw white people the way you like.
Theodore Trout - Jeez, he said he liked your drawing.
I never comment on them, but, here goes: Your cartoons are never funny, not even in a mean or angry way, and this one is just mystifying. Who is the Indian gentleman, why is he on his knees, and why is he wearing Barney Rubble's hairpiece ? Go ahead and call me racist, but try to be funny or at least clever about it, please ?
Muhammad Rasheed - Theodore wrote: "Jeez, he said he liked your drawing."
Jeez, and I advised him to find cartoonists who approached the caucasian male figure in the way he liked if he found mine to be problematic for him. There are many cartoonists out there, and it turns out the vast majority of them cater to the sensitivities of white males. It is not necessary to get one of the few who doesn't to conform, too. That's just greedy to me. I reject greedy requests.
Theodore wrote: "Your cartoons are never funny..."
That's 100% okay. I advise you to find -- among the thousands and thousands of cartoonists available -- the ones who produce work you actually enjoy with my blessing.
It's cool to have so much choice and variety to pick from, I think.
Tony Wright - @Muhammad... Just because I suggested you might see and portray another facet of people, of any colour for that matter, that doesn't mean I like to see a certain sort of white person. I have a very broad view of all people, of all origins, colour and race and I get bored seeing only one particular type exploited with the intention of giving the impression everyone's like that. Of course you have a cause, a worthy one, but it's tough on those, and there are very many of them, who don't fit the stereotype. There are some 'nice' people out there!
Theodore Trout - ...and Barney's toupee...?
Muhammad Rasheed - Tony wrote: "There are some 'nice' people out there!"
I believe you. Fortunately we have 100,000 cartoonists (to my one) who showcase them in their cartoons all the time. You give the impression, in your stated boredom, that my cartoons are the only cartoons you read, and although that is flattering, I suggest that too much of even a good thing can be harmful. You should add other cartoons to your viewing plate who happen to depict all the good white folk so you won't be so bored. #Solutions
Muhammad Rasheed - Theodore wrote: "...and Barney's toupee...?"
There are two aspects to it:
1.) What the poorly-fitted blond hair piece represents
2.) The specific Flintstones design
The first one I ask you to tell me what you think it means. The second is just a last second decision the artist made that tickled him enough to continue the gag.
Tony Wright - @Muhammad... When you publish on FB, people are invited to comment so don't be surprised if people react to your work, that's part of the deal. And where do you get the idea that they are only looking at your stuff? That said, FB conversations like this are trash as we put a slant on what we read and react accordingly. In real life, language is more precise and disagreements are ironed out quickly. Sometimes people fall out but the melodrama doesn't continue for ever like on FB. That said, it would be a worthy challenge for you to do a cartoon with a white guy who's on your side, or maybe thinks he is for example. Sort of patronising! Keep up the goid work!
Muhammad Rasheed - Tony wrote: "When you publish on FB, people are invited to comment so don't be surprised if people react to your work, that's part of the deal.”
About 75% of my cartoons are direct responses to social media comments under previous cartoons. Smile for the camera, by the way. ;)
Tony wrote: "And where do you get the idea that they are only looking at your stuff?”
Not “they.” You. You’re the one who said you get bored looking at the way I depict white people. You should expand your cartoon reading pool to include other cartoonists' work, too.
Tony wrote: "That said, FB conversations like this are trash as we put a slant on what we read and react accordingly.”
I don’t mind the conversations at all. As I said above, they often fuel my ideas. I only consider them trash when they involve people trying to pressure me into depicting imagery that makes them more comfortable. #ASolidNo
Tony wrote: "In real life, language is more precise and disagreements are ironed out quickly.”
Oh, this one has been ironed out quickly. You told me what you thought I should draw and I responded with a “No.” Simple. It’s over.
Tony wrote: "Sometimes people fall out but the melodrama doesn't continue for ever like on FB.”
You consider this back-n-forth between us to be melodrama? I don’t. It’s just you being stubborn. #NoMeansNo #IDrawWhatIWant
Tony wrote: "That said, it would be a worthy challenge for you to do a cartoon with a white guy who's on your side, or maybe thinks he is for example. Sort of patronising!”
You think it would be a “worthy challenge” for me to draw what literally every other cartoonist in the universe draws, huh? An interesting perspective. You know the type of movies that always partner up the white guy with the Black guy, usually in a ‘buddy cop’ format, using the old 48 Hours template?
Well, I hate those.
Tony wrote: "Keep up the goid work!"
Thank you, Tony. lol
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