Australian Newspaper Under Fire For Racist Kamala Harris Cartoon

Written by on August 14, 2020

A cartoon of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his operating mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, has been condemned as racist after it was printed in a nationwide Australian newspaper.

The illustration was printed in The Australian, one of many nation’s solely two nationally distributed each day newspapers. The cartoon, which imagines Biden giving a missive to heal America’s racial divisions, depicts him deferring to Harris and saying, “I’ll hand you over to this little brown woman whereas I’m going for a lie-down.” The conservative Information Corp-owned paper defended its choice to publish it after it drew outcry on-line.

Nationwide politicians Andrew Giles, Mark Dreyfus and Andrew Leigh, all members of the left-leaning Australian Labor Occasion, denounced its publication.

“Racism has no place in Australian public life. The Australian ought to pull at this time’s offensive cartoon off their web site, and subject a right away apology,” Leigh stated in a tweet.

Dreyfus stated the newspaper ought to apologize instantly and by no means publish something related if it has “any respect for decency and requirements.”

And Tim Soutphommasane, the previous race discrimination commissioner on the Australian Human Rights Fee, stated commentary of this sort “diminishes our society.”

“Up to now I’ve described this newspaper as a poor man’s Breitbart. It indulges racism, and makes use of it as a part of its enterprise mannequin,” he tweeted.

The cartoonist, Johannes Leak, has beforehand sparked outcry for his offensive illustrations, together with a cartoon printed in The Australian final November that confirmed a refugee household in a bushfire-ravaged city saying it “feels similar to residence.” His father, Invoice Leak, a former cartoonist for a similar paper, was repeatedly referred to as out for producing inflammatory and racist content material.

In a press release to HuffPost, The Australian Editor in Chief Christopher Dore stated: 

“The phrases “little black and brown women” belong to US presidential candidate Joe Biden, not Johannes Leak. When Johannes used these phrases, expressed in a tweet by Biden yesterday, he was highlighting Biden’s language and obvious attitudes, not his personal. The intention of the commentary within the cartoon was to ridicule racism, not perpetuate it. Within the context of Biden’s phrases, that is evident. Clearly some, together with these with out that context, have wrongly attributed Biden’s phrases to Johannes, and in doing so have attributed abhorrent and inaccurate motives to him. The Australian, and Johannes, opposes racism in all of its guises.”

These are the phrases in Biden’s tweet:

Dore had no additional response when it was identified that the phrases within the cartoon have been totally totally different from Biden’s phrases ― which referred to kids of colour uplifted by Harris’s achievement, to not the senator from California herself.

Information Corp publications in Australia have come beneath fireplace equally previously. In 2018, Melbourne newspaper Herald Solar printed a cartoon of tennis champion Serena Williams that sparked outrage in Australia and from civil rights leaders and others within the U.S. and overseas.

Information Corp didn’t instantly reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.

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