We usually associate the name Dr. Seuss with our favorite childhood novels such as “How The Grinch Stole Christmas!” or “The Cat In The Hat.” However, did you know that he was a cartoonist for New York newspaper PM during World War II, where he produced anti-Japanese cartoons? Even though racial tensions were at an extreme high after the attack on Pearl Harbor, it’s still hard to stand behind the Doc on this one.
2. 'Afrocentric Algebra’ In Canadian Newspaper “Globe and Mail” (2008)
In this illustration, it seems to be taking shots at the African American education system. Depictions like this help push that false & unbalanced idea that blacks are uneducated.
3. New York Post Depicts Obama As Chimpanzee In ‘Stimulus’ Cartoon (2009)
In probably one of the most racist newspaper cartoons in recent times, The New York Post ran a cartoon drawn by Sean Delonas showing a dead monkey and a subtitle that read “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” With the stimulus package being one of Obama’s first big achievements—and history’s racial imagery connecting blacks to monkeys—it’s not hard to see what they were trying to get at here.
4. Cleveland Senator Nina Turner Depicted As Aunt Jemima (2009)
What really made this illustration hurt more was that it was created by a African American newspaper in Cleveland. If we expect the rest of the world to respect our image in the media, we have to first respect it within our own community.
5. New York Post Depicts NYC Muslims As Terrorists (2012)
Even after the Obama ordeal, The New York Post was at it again with their racially driven cartoons. Post-9/11 feelings towards people of Muslim descent can be controversial as it is, so portrayals like this only make the mending of racial peace that much more tough.