According to Australian newspaper The Herald Sun and its cartoonist, Mark Knight, a cartoon of Serena Williams is a shameful part of US history, but in fact isn’t racist.
Check out the cartoon below:
This is Jim Crow-racist. He Sambo’d Serena Williams. I’m a bit surprised that @Knightcartoons didn’t include a watermelon. For those unfamiliar with the history invoked here, read about the coon caricature. https://t.co/ffmrk76MRM
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) September 10, 2018
The editorial argued that the cartoon was merely another piece from Knight that targeted the powerful.
While the newspaper and the cartoonist stood by their comments in the paper, he deleted the cartoon of the tweet. Looks like Social Media pressure got to him.
Ben Simmons even got in on the controversy.