Australian Newspaper Under Fire For Racist Kamala Harris Cartoon

The national daily, owned by News Corp, printed a cartoon of Biden referring to Harris as a 'little brown girl.'

8/14/2020 9:37:00 AM

The national daily, owned by News Corp, printed a cartoon of Biden referring to Harris as a 'little brown girl.'

The national daily, owned by News Corp, printed a cartoon of Joe Biden referring to Harris as a 'little brown girl.'

In a statement to HuffPost, The Australian Editor in Chief Christopher Dore said:“The words “little black and brown girls” belong to US presidential candidate Joe Biden, not Johannes Leak. When Johannes used those words, expressed in a tweet by Biden yesterday, he was highlighting Biden’s language and apparent attitudes, not his own. The intention of the commentary in the cartoon was to ridicule racism, not perpetuate it. In the context of Biden’s words, this is evident. Clearly some, including those without that context, have wrongly attributed Biden’s words to Johannes, and in doing so have attributed abhorrent and inaccurate motives to him. The Australian, and Johannes, opposes racism in all of its guises.”

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These are the words in Biden’s tweet:This morning, little girls woke up across this nation — especially Black and Brown girls who so often may feel overlooked and undervalued in our society — potentially seeing themselves in a new way: As the stuff of Presidents and Vice Presidents.

— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden)August 12, 2020Dore had no further response when it was pointed out that the words in the cartoon were entirely different from Biden’s words ― which referred to children of color uplifted by Harris’s achievement, not to the senator from California herself.

News Corp publications in Australia have come under fire similarly in the past. In 2018, Melbourne newspaper Herald Sunthat sparked outrage in Australia and from civil rights leaders and others in the U.S. and abroad.News Corp did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

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