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Dissing the Dilberts

Kathryn: Nice to include a Dilbert strip in the morning’s posts, but some readers may not be aware that Scott Adams, the guy who draws the strip, has a lot less readers now than he had a month ago. There’s a Dilbert boycott going on, because of a rather crass statement Scott made on his blog July 24.

It’s hard to talk about immigration without sounding like a racist.

So let me just say this and get it out of the way: I think Mexicans are superior to me.

“By ‘me,’ I am referring to people who are part English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Dutch, German, and Native American. There are three of us that I know of. I think my brother and sister would agree that we kind of suck compared to Mexicans…

And so on. (Well, it gets worse.) I found the whole thing more silly than obnoxious–in the same category as P.G. Wodehouse’s much-condemned WW2 radio broadcasts from Germany. The job of a humorist is to make us laugh, just as the job of a plumber is to fix our pipes. If either one has loony notions about politics, I don’t much care–just fix the darn pipes, please. I doubt anyone is going to hesitate at the door of the voting booth to think: “Wait a minute–what would Scott Adams do at this point?”

Still, as a specimen of upper-middle-class white liberal self-loathing, I’ll agree it’s a doozy.

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