Syndicated editorial cartoonist Lisa Benson has responded to complaints that a recent cartoon of hers depicting how California is being redistricted is racist.
My intent was to show how the redistricting commission set out to draw boundaries which didn’t pander to party affiliation, but ended up giving special consideration to “communities of interest” and protecting seats held by minority politicians. Here in my community, I don’t believe my African American neighbors care about our representatives’ race, nor do I. We send our kids to the same schools, shop at the same malls, enjoy the same recreation activities, and we vote for the best candidate to preserve that quality of life. It seems to me that the “special interests” in California are steering our policy … not popular opinion.