- A Philadelphia-area newspaper regrets publishing a Santa cartoon that has drawn the ire of local law enforcement.
The cartoon published in Sunday’s Bucks County Courier Times features a line of black children lined up asking Santa Claus to "Keep us safe from the police."
Drawn by nationally-syndicated political cartoonist Chris Britt, the cartoon references a relationship of distrust between the black community and police recently spotlighted in the Ferguson, Cleveland and Staten Island cases of black men dying at the hand of police officers.
Well, let's see:
- Ferguson - cop killed an attacker;
- Staten Island - guy died of heart attack an hour post-arrest after fighting with police;
- Cleveland - kid pointed toy gun with the orange safety indicator removed/painted over at a cop
Of those, only the last one could be (or has been) considered questionable as there is an allegation that the 9-1-1 caller said it might be a toy. Bad tactics, avoidable tragedy, etc. A sad set of circumstances.
But hey, fine, insult, demean, piss all over the cops. When your garage, apartment or house gets broken into, don't call the police to walk through and make sure the bad guys are gone, the basement is clear, the windows are re-secured. You'll be fine sitting up all night in shifts with the spouse comforting the kids for the next few years.
Next time little Johnny, Jamal, Amir, whoever is lost, be sure you get a hold of your neighborhood crack addicts, dope dealers and child molesters to go look for him. After a decade or so of therapy, maybe he'll tell you what happened when he couldn't approach a cop to bring him home.
When you get dragged into an alley at knife point and relieved of your wallet, your dignity, your life, thank your own private deity that you didn't have to call those racist police. You can say with pride that you kept faith with the downtrodden and exploited masses, while the downtrodden and exploited enjoy the fruits of your labor.
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