Letter: Cartoon tone deaf in Black History Month


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I was in disbelief when I saw the printed cartoon mocking the nomination of a Black woman to the Supreme Court of the United States. In disbelief that a publication could be so ignorant and tone-deaf during Black History Month. In disbelief that any editor with an ounce of journalistic integrity would run this cartoon in 2022.

Is this cartoon representative of how the Lima News Editor, David Trinko, feels about the young Black women growing up in Lima today? The women who will grow up to become the political leaders, teachers, doctors, lawyers and nurses of our city one day?

Are we going to look our young Black women in the eyes and tell them we support diversity and inclusion while simultaneously publishing a racist, sexist cartoon that might as well have been printed in the 1950s?

Put yourself in the shoes of a young Black woman growing up in Lima today. How do you think it would feel to look at a cartoon in your hometown newspaper that suggests no matter how successful or educated you are, you are not qualified for the same opportunities that have been handed to white people?

The Supreme Court was established in 1789. Over the course of 233 years, 115 justices have sat on that bench. All but six of them have been White men. Not a single one of them has been a Black woman. The nomination of a Black woman to the Supreme Court represents a monumental moment of progress and hope for minorities in our country.

As a law school student and Lima resident, I am embarrassed. This was a disgrace to the diverse Lima community, and The Lima News team should be ashamed. Do better.

Madalynn Helmig

Lima

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