Cartoon Nails the Downward Spiral of Quieting Black Lives Matter Supporters

September 29th 2016

Laura Donovan

A powerful new comic makes a blunt point about certain critics of Black Lives Matter activists: no protest against police brutality will ever be acceptable.


Matt Bors, a cartoonist and the editor of The Nib, recently created an illustration that exposes a few different ways that people try to bring down black community for wanting equality. The comic opens with a white man telling a black protester to be "peaceful" while protesting. Conversely, when the black man peacefully protests by kneeling down a la Colin Kaepernick, he is called disrespectful.


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The white character is not happy until the black man is quite literally dead quiet, represented by a shocking image that brings to mind recent racial tensions between police officers and the black community.

"What we’ve seen with the reaction to Kaepernick silently kneeling is that there’s no acceptable way for black people to protest police shootings," Bors told ATTN: via email. "The only time critics of Black Lives Matter seem content is when black people are dead and they can go on and on mounting excuses for why the murder was perfectly legitimate — they were running, threatening, had a toy gun, moved, breathed."

Using comics, Bors hopes to "distil the arguments we’re having as a country into something succinct that hits hard — sometimes in a funny way, sometimes not," he told ATTN:.

This comic was published on The Nib the same day that an unarmed black man named Alfred Olango was fatally shot by authorities in El Cajon, California. He was reportedly holding a vape pen when he was killed. His death sparked protests in the area and requests that police officials release the dashboard camera footage of the killing. Olango's passing followed the death of Keith Scott, an unarmed black man who was killed by police officers in Charlotte, North Carolina earlier this month and the death of Terence Crutcher, who was killed by police in September in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

So far this year, 804 people have been killed by police officers, 197 of those people were black, according to The Counted, the Guardian's tracker for police killings of citizens in the United States.

When Kaepernick confronted the problem of police brutality in our country through his national anthem protest, he received a lot of harsh and even racist backlash, which is acknowledged in Bors' comic:

[H/T Fusion]