Black Cartoonist Calls Out Censorship After Several Newspapers Drop Comics Company Over 'I Can't Breathe' Cartoon
“For the record I do not apologize for this comic and this is complete censorship. I am being silenced over white feelings about a gag comic!" she wrote.
August 10, 2020 at 6:34 pm
A Black cartoonist is calling out censorship after a number of newspapers dropped her company’s comics because of a strip that discussed the coronavirus pandemic through the lens of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Bianca Xunise — the Tuesday cartoonist for all-female team Six Chix and the second Black woman ever to have her cartoons nationally syndicated —created a comic that incorporated anti-mask rhetoric and social justice. The comic shows a Black woman in an “I can’t breathe” t-shirt wearing a mask while a white woman tells her “If you can’t breathe, then take that silly mask off!”
The comic received a substantial amount of backlash, enough that a number of the 120 newspapers that publish Six Chix comics told the artists they will no longer be running their content, reports Rolling Out.
“Here it is, the comic that launched 1000 angry responses. Please clap,” Xunise wrote on Twitter.
Here it is, the comic that launched 1000 angry responses. Please clap pic.twitter.com/Cy42h8mlMB— Scary Bradshaw 🕷👠 (@biancaxunise) July 28, 2020