Changing Relations between Black Americans and the Dilbert Cartoon Strip: Scott Adams’s “Meanings on Black America” rant
Andrews McMeel Universal, the company that syndicates “Dilbert,” said it is cutting ties with the comic strip’s creator, Scott Adams, after his racist remarks about Black Americans led hundreds of newspapers across the country to drop the satirical cartoon.
The USA Today Network, which operates hundreds of newspapers, said it had pulled the plug on the long-running comic strip. The Washington Post and The Plain Dealer also in Cleveland said they would no longer carry the comic.
The phrase “Make America White Again” has a long history of being used by white supremacists and emerged in the message board 4chan as a troll campaign.
Last week, Adams called Black Americans a “hate group” and suggested that White people should “get the hell away” from them. Adams advocated segregation in a rant that was posted on his video sharing site. According to a survey by the firm, a majority of Black Americans agreed with the statement that it is okay to be White.
He said that he would change his name to white after finding out that half of their team didn’t like him being white. “I’m not going to be helpful to Black America anymore, because it does not seem like it really pays off,” he said. I’ve been called a racist. That’s the only outcome. If you’re white, then it makes no sense to help Black Americans. It’s over. Don’t even think it’s worth trying.”
Adams has since said on Twitter that he was only “advising people to avoid hate” and suggested that the cancellation of his cartoon signals that free speech in America is under assault.
A cartoon by Scott Adams about racial injustice and the issue of political correctness in the USA Today Network: When does it make sense to be black?
The USA Today Network of newspapers is owned by the USA Today Group and it wants to be a respectful and equitable environment for the communities it serves.
Adams starts the show discussing the presidential bid by a Republican. Adams cited the results of a recent public opinion poll as the start of his rant 15 minutes into the video.
The group took a survey and asked if you agree or disagree with statements such as “It’s OK to be white”.
The report found that 72% of the respondents agreed, including 53% who are Black. 26% of Black respondents disagreed, and 21% of them said they were not sure. The poll also found that 79% of all the respondents agreed with the statement “Black people can be racist too.”
“It’s OK to be white” is a phrase that has been repeated in right-wing websites and speeches. The Anti-Defamation League has denounced it as a hate chant.
The results of the polling show that the nation’s racial tensions can’t be fixed, according to a cartoon by Scott Adams on his video streaming program.
Adams previously claimed he was a victim of racism in Hollywood and corporate America. He was also a vocal supporter of Donald Trump. His comic strip “Dilbert” satirizes office culture for three decades. According to Andrews McMeel Syndication, “Dilbert” appeared in 2,000 newspapers in 65 countries and 25 languages.
On his video show last week, the 65 year old said he had been identifying as Black “because I like to be on the winning team,” and that he used to help the Black community. Adams said that the results of the poll changed his mind.
“We are not a place where people who condone racism want to live,” she wrote. “Adams’ reprehensible statements come during Black History Month, when The Plain Dealer has been publishing stories about the work being performed by so many to overcome the damage done by racist decisions and policy.”
The strip was stopped in other newspapers within the Advance Local newsrooms, including Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Oregon.
Discrimination or Hate: When the Media Has No Place Like It, and How to Stop Publishing: Comments on Musk’s “Reframe Your Brain”
Musk said that the media is racist. Musk didn’t criticize Adams for his comments but said that the media was racist against Asians for a long time.
Specifically, the Center for Countering Digital Hate said that the daily use of then-word is triple the average under Musk, and the use of slurs against gay men and trans persons is also up. There was an increase in antisemitic content on the platform and a decrease in the moderation of antisemitic posts according to a report from the Anti-Defamation League.
While condemning Adams’ remarks, the company’s Chairman Hugh Andrews and CEO and President Andy Sareyan said that they wouldn’t support any commentary that was based on discrimination or hate.
Portfolio will not be publishing Adams’ upcoming book, “Reframe Your Brain.” The book was set to release in September.
Portfolio published Adams’ previous titles, including “How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big” and “Loserthink: How Untrained Brains Are Ruining America.”