*The Australian is the biggest national newspaper in Australia and it’s catching hell for a cartoon published earlier today that’s universally being labelled as racist and misogynistic.
Overt and obscenely discriminatory is also how the caricature of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris by Johannes Leak is being described.
The cartoon comes in the wake of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s recent speech about Senator Kamala Harris in which he highlighted the inspiration her candidacy for vice president brings to children of black and brown heritage. Taking a cue from that, the Australian then went and depicted a beaming Biden saying Harris, the first Black woman on a major-party national ticket, would help “heal a nation divided by racism … so I’ll hand you over to this little brown girl while he went “for a lie-down.”
Needless to say the cartoon has been condemned by many members of parliament, journalists and writers alike.
“It’s offensive and racist,” Andrew Giles, an Australian Labor politician and shadow cabinet minister, said on Twitter.
Former attorney-general Mark Dreyfus tweeted, “If The Australian has any respect for decency and standards it must apologize immediately, and never again publish cartoons like this.”
Ketan Joshi, a science writer and University of Sydney alumni slammed the mainstream daily newspaper in a tweet.
Here’s your little reminder of how ludicrously racist Australian commercial media are. This is in the country’s only national daily newspaper: pic.twitter.com/7oN7bjRWLO
— Ketan Joshi (@KetanJ0) August 13, 2020
In the same thread of tweets, he added that quotes from Biden’s speech were twisted and taken out of context by The Australian to produce the discriminatory cartoon.
It’s obvious that Biden is referring to children of color rather than his running mate, Senator Harris. However, none of that and the blowback seems to be making any difference with the power brokers at the Australian. So far they are refusing to take down the cartoon.
Chris Dore, editor-in-chief of The Australian has been reported as saying “Johannes was quoting Biden’s words”, and referred to Mr Biden’s recent tweet.
What to do think of the Australian’s “Little Brown Girl” cartoon?