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Illinois Democrats Miss the Point, Again

Last week, the conservative Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) published a political cartoon mocking state Democratic legislators for supporting education and tax policies that negatively affect minority communities.

Here’s an image of the cartoon — which has since been removed from IPI’s website — still available in a CBS News Chicago article:

The reaction against the cartoon was swift and severe. Eight state lawmakers held a protest outside the IPI’s Chicago office demanding that they remove it from their website and apologize. Several of the Democratic representatives insisted that the cartoon was “a racist dog whistle” that “perpetuated the ignorance that’s going on across this country.”

These lawmakers and other outraged leftists called on Illinois GOP governor Bruce Rauner to weigh in on the cartoon, given his past donations to IPI. His office issued a statement, which said, in part: “The cartoon was removed days ago. And the governor — as a white male — does not have anything more to add to the discussion.”

As might be expected, this flippant remark was met with still more outrage, leading Rauner’s office this week to oust several communications staffers who were responsible for crafting the statement.

But in all of the frenzy, none of the incensed parties bothered to consider the actual substance of the cartoon — which wasn’t even remotely racist. In fact, the cartoon explicitly criticized “progressive” education policies precisely for being racist. How could the cartoon itself be racist, when it was designed to expose the racist effects of a Democratic tax policy that disadvantages minority schools?

Either the left-wing agitators complaining about the cartoon intended to wholly misrepresent its argument or they were too dense to understand it in the first place.

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