Racism in 30 Minutes or Less

Mon Jan. 13, 1997 3:00 AM EST

This cartoon appeared on January 2, 1997 in a small publication in Holden, Massachussets named The Landmark.

Racist undercurrents have coursed through the entire ebonics debate. But sometim es these sentiments manifest themselves in less subtle ways.

Out of all the offensive aspects of this cartoon, one troubles us the most: If the cartoonist is attempting to compare ebonics to the bubonic plague, who represents the rat as the "carrier" of the "ebonic plague"?

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