ICYMI — A cartoon by Michael Ramirez made a lot of people angry last week. The epicenter of the shockwave was the Southeast Missourian, a newspaper in Cape Girardeau some 100 miles southeast of St. Louis, but it soon went national and was picked up by NBC.
The cartoon, drawn in reaction to a single quote by a BLM protestor in Chicago, showed Martin Luther King Jr. delivering his “I have a dream” speech — but twisting the words to support looting — and was quickly condemned as racist. Defenders said Ramirez’s commentary was taken out of context and should be read as a reaction to a call for violence. Angry letters and threats flooded into the paper over the next few days as other media outlets picked up the story as it went viral.