A political cartoon that fallaciously depicts modern U.S. policing as just another form of slavery or Ku Klux Klan activity has cropped up again at another school, where a teacher was using it to try and instill misguided outrage in students, the UK Sun reports.
The same cartoon instead outraged parents in Texas — along with the governor of the state — in August after 8th-graders were required to write about it in a social studies class in the Wylie Independent School District. The assignment at Cooper Junior High was called off after the National Fraternal Order of Police publicly questioned the judgment of “every adult within your school.”
In the latest incident, Christopher Moreno, who teaches 11th graders at Westlake High School in Westchester, N.Y., is catching heat for handing the same cartoon out to students. Its five panels depict a black character under the knee of a slaver, then a plantation boss, then a KKK member, then a Jim Crow-era sheriff, and finally a modern police officer. The black man is saying, “I can’t breathe”; what George Floyd reportedly said when he was knelt on during his arrest in Minneapolis earlier this year.
The original cartoon was by David Fitzsimmons, a cartoonist at the Arizona Daily Star whose work is one-sidedly leftist and pro-Democratic party at the expense of truth and facts.
“My daughter showed me the paper. I said, `What is this?! You’ve got to be kidding me!’ Westlake mom Ania Paternostro told the New York Post. “This cartoon compares the police to the KKK. It’s an attack on the police … We have to respect the men in blue who protect us.”
Echoing the sentiments of many parents, she added: “We don’t need a teacher brainwashing my kids. I’ll teach my kids about what’s right and what’s wrong.”
Mount Pleasant School District Superintendent Kurt Kotes and Westlake Principal Keith Schenker received complaints, and promised an investigation.