We’re sure that you have heard about Serena Williams’ heated outburst at the U.S. Open where she lost to Naomi Osaka.
Serena was calling out the umpire for treating her, as a black woman, differently to the male competitors, however, that is as nothing to the backlash over a cartoon depicting the incident was published in the Australian Herald Sun newspaper.
Have a quick look – and ask yourself – is this racist?
Certainly, Serena isn’t being shown as her beautiful athletic self here, while, interestingly, by contrast, Haitian-Japanese Osaka is shown as a skinny blonde white woman…
Of course, cartoons have a history of poking fun at people, but did artist Mark Knight overstep the line here?
Some people seem to think so!
Mark – do you make these same cartoons for every white male athlete who shows intensity during a heated contest? Or are you reserving it for a black women because of your own biases based on gender and race? Ask yourself in a quiet moment. Then do better.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) September 10, 2018
The Haitian-Japanese player is blonde? Cool story bro.
— Rob AF. (@RobForbesDJ) September 10, 2018