Back To The Future (Of Racism)
 
There's an adage I've seen around; I've seen it put various ways, but always from Black writers. I don't know who said it first, but Aditi Juneja put it especially well in a deservedly viral tweet:
"If you've wondered what you would've done during slavery, the Holocaust, or Civil Rights movement... you're doing it now."

I've seen the same sentiment, in similar words, expressed by Kamala Harris and Shaun King. It really resonates with me - especially when thinking about voting rights, an issue that should be decades behind us. 

This cartoon, obviously, owes a debt of inspiration to Juneja and Harris and King, and possibly others as well. 

Doing the 1950s in art was hard, because - especially given the simplicity and lack of detail of my drawing style - it was hard to figure out how to indicate the 1950s visually. Many of the buildings around today were there in the 1950s, after all. I ended up leaning hard on 1950s cars and suits (and of course of course the hats).  Jen Sorenson suggested I lean hard on color palette differences, and I tried to take her suggestion. 

The gentleman in the last panel is my best attempt at doing a caricature of MLK in this style (and my best attempt, frankly, was not that great). Fortunately, the gag really doesn't depend on readers recognizing MLK, or I'd be in trouble!

This cartoon will be run by Splinter, probably sometime tomorrow. (I hope.) But you guys get to see it a bit early, as a thank you for your support. It really means so much to me that people like my work enough to support it.

I'll be back with a cartoon about climate change on Saturday. Also, I'll be appearing at Geek Girl Con in Seattle this weekend; if you're there, I hope you'll come and say hi!

P.S.  After I posted this, my mom pointed out to me that the freedom marches didn't begin until the 1960s. So I changed the word "march" to "protest" in panel 2 to make the timeline work. Thanks mom!


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