Cartoon by Barry Deutsch
Panel one: Two women are talking, one white, one black. The white woman looks annoyed, the black woman looks nervous.
WHITE WOMAN: so then HE said i was being RACIST! that’s CRAZY, right?
BLACK WOMAN: um… do you realize you’ve done this before?
WW: Done what?
BW: Ask me to reassure you you’re not a racist.
Panel three: Close-up on the black woman, mockingly imitating a jubilant doctor.
BW: when i was BORN, the doctor didn’t say “oh, it’s a healthy BLACK baby! god willing, she’ll grow up to reassure WHITE people!”
Panel four: Close-up on the black woman, now with an openly angry expression.
BW: my PARENTS didn’t say “if we raise her JUST right, then SOMEDAY she’ll make WHITE people feel BETTER about themselves!”
BW: do you UNDERSTAND what I’m telling you?
WW: I think I do.
WW: just one thing… you’re not suggesting that I’ve been RACIST, right?
Tiny inset panel at bottom of panel six
BW: Do you even hear the words I say?
WW: The ones I like.
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