Immigration cartoon sparks outcry over racism

The Indianapolis Star has removed this Gary Varvel cartoon from its website, but it came too late; it’s already racing around the Internet as the latest claim of the racism of some editorial cartoonists vs. the right to have an opinion on the editorial page.

“Gary did not intend to be racially insensitive in his attempt to express his strong views about President Barack Obama’s decision to temporarily prevent the deportation of millions of immigrants living and working illegally in the United States,” Jeff Taylor, the paper’s executive editor said.

Cartoons are seldom intended to be read literally. And Gary did not intend this one to be viewed that way. He intended to illustrate the view of many conservatives and others that the president’s order will encourage more people to pour into the country illegally.

The illegal immigration issue evokes strong opinions and emotions. And it’s important to encourage a vigorous public debate on issues of this magnitude, but with respectful discourse. That is what we believe at IndyStar and that is what we will continue to do – to publish views from all sides as we explore the important issues that will define the future of our nation, state and city.

“Easily fixed,” Stephanie Clarkson of Boston wrote on her Facebook page.


Thanksgiving provides an opportunity to consider immigration.