Jesse Jackson Calls Racist Serena Williams Cartoon 'Despicable'
The Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston stands by the cartoon, meanwhile the National Association of Black Journalists slams it.
UPDATE: Sept. 11, 2018 at 6:12 a.m. ET
In response to massive criticism from across the globe regarding the cartoon, Herald Sun editor Damon Johnston is backing editorial cartoonist Mark Knight.
Johnston said in a statement on Tuesday: "A champion tennis player had a mega tantrum on the world stage, and Mark's cartoon depicted that. It had nothing to do with gender or race."
But the U.S.-based National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) disagrees with the Herald Sun, and calls the cartoon "Sambo-like."
"The Sept. 10 cartoon not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams' depiction is unnecessarily Sambo-like." NABJ said in a statement. "The art of editorial cartooning is a visual dialogue on the issues of the day, yet this cartoon grossly and inaccurately depicts two women of color at the US Open, one of the grandest stages of professional sports."
Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. is firing back at a newspaper cartoonist for a racist depiction of Serena Williams, which perpetuates stereotypes about Black women.
At the US Open women's single final on Saturday, Williams confronted umpire Carlos Ramos over allegations that she had received coaching during the match.
The confrontation resulted in Williams being penalized a point and even a game. She was ultimately defeated by Naomi Osaka.
Editorial cartoonist Mark Knight of the Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper, created an illustration mocking Williams. How her facial features are drawn, including large, exaggerated lips and nose, mimics past racist portrayals of Black women during the Jim Crow era.
She is jumping up and down on her racket, while her opponent asks the chair umpire: "Can you just let her win?" Osaka, who is of Haitian and Japanese descent, is depicted as a skinny blonde woman.
Rev. Jackson, who continually defends Black athletes in the midst of criticism for taking a knee against police brutality, took to Twitter to slam Knight's cartoon.
He tweeted Monday afternoon:
This despicable cartoon tried and failed to diminish the greatness & grace of @serenawilliams. Racism in any form is unacceptable. Push On @serenawilliams! #KeepHopeAlive! https://t.co/iNLQNZ4ek7
— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) September 10, 2018
Twitter users also showed Knight why his cartoon about Williams is racist:
Same stuff. Different day. pic.twitter.com/alEH8qav1v
— Hannah Drake (@HannahDrake628) September 10, 2018
I don't for one second believe that @Knightcartoons didn't know exactly what he was referencing in his cartoon. Any informed person would know about these belittling depictions of black people, let alone a professional cartoonist. #SerenaWilliams #ozpol #newscorp #newsltd pic.twitter.com/ESz7xgQkeU
— Bakri (@BakriMedia) September 11, 2018
Amid criticism on social media, Knight has tried to defend his cartoon.
"Don't bring gender into it when it's all about behavior," he tweeted along with a cartoon he recently drew of Nick Krygois, an Australian male tennis player.
Well Julie here's a cartoon I drew a few days before when Australian male tennis player Kyrgios at the US Open was behaving badly. Don't bring gender into it when it's all about behaviour. I'll accept your apology in writing😁 pic.twitter.com/NLV0AjPGsY
— Mark Knight (@Knightcartoons) September 10, 2018
But Twitter users argue that the illustration shows the sexism — a male official speaks with Krygois about his sulking, while a woman official pulls him by the ear.
Knight and The Herald Sun continue to defend the Williams cartoon.
The saddest part about Mark Knight's cartoon depiction of Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka, is that he believes that he has done nothing wrong and that everyone is overreacting and does not understand the art of caricature. Racist bigotry at its finest.
— NUFF (@nuffsaidny) September 10, 2018
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Footage was captured by Tennison Big Day, a Native American, who was behind the two of them in line. Big Day told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle he heard Bies claim that it was President Trump who gave Mango his voting rights.
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See the video:
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