Dilbert Creator Canceled Over Comments On Race
Whew Hoo! Scott Adams poked a stick in the proverbial bee’s nest on his YouTube show.
First, let’s discuss what he said, then we’ll break it down and analyze if an overreaction is taking place.
Scott Adams writes and illustrates the comic strip Dilbert. It was first published on April 16, 1989. Dilbert of course is the lead character and is portrayed satirically as an engineer in an office with a “Schultz” like boss and a unique cast of office workers around him.
At its peak. I believe that it was published in over 2,000 newspapers, but I’m sure the numbers aren’t that high today and probably never will be again. Personally, I have always enjoyed the strip. It was never my favorite, that honor goes to “The Far Side,” with “Calvin and Hobbes” as my second favorite, but I digress.
On his recent YouTube Podcast, Adams discussed a recent Rassmussen poll where 1.000 people were asked to give their opinion on the statement that:
“It’s OK to be white.”
Overall 72 percent agreed with the statement, which included 53 percent of blacks that were asked. However, 26 percent of blacks said no and 21 percent replied that they weren’t sure. That prompted Adams to say this:
“Adding together that is 47 percent of blacks not willing to say ‘it’s okay to be white. That’s like a real poll. This just happened.
So I realized, as you know I’ve been identifying as black for a while, for years now, because I like to be on the winning team and I like to help. I always thought if you help the black community, that’s sort of the biggest lever you can find the biggest benefit, but it turns out that nearly half that team doesn’t think that I’m ok to be white.”
He then added that he had never had a poll change his mind before, but this one had so he is:
“re-identifing as white, because I don’t want to be a member of a hate group.”
Adams then stated, that in his opinion the racial divide was too great and beyond fixing.
“Based on the current way things are going, the best advice I would give to white people is to get the hell away from black people. Wherever you have to go, just get away, because there’s no fixing this. This can’t be fixed. You just have to escape. So that’s what I did. I went to a neighborhood where I have a very low black population because unfortunately, there’s high correlation between the density, and this is according to Don Lemon by the way, he notes that when he lived in a mostly black neighborhood there were a bunch of problems that he didn’t see in white neighborhoods. So I think it makes no sense whatsoever as a white citizen of America to try to help black citizens anymore, since it doesn’t seem like it pays off and the only outcome is I get called a racist.”
Adding: “So I resigned. I resigned from the hate group called black Americans.”
Adams also stated that he thinks education is the key and that it is available to all people regardless of race. He said, those that concentrate on it will be successful and those that don’t won’t be.
As you can imagine, the left went absolutely bat crazy. Many called it a “racial rant,” and vilified Adams.
Chris Quinn, the Editor of Cleveland.com/The Plain Dealer wrote in a Letter from the Editor column on Friday that “Dilbert” would no longer be featured in the comic section, calling Adam’s comments “reprehensible.”
“This is not a difficult decision. No, this is a decision based on the principles of this news organization and the community we serve. We are not a home for those who espouse racism. We certainly do not want to provide them with financial support. His comments were especially harmful because they came during Black History Month.”
Quinn went on to add that newspapers across the country have been removing “Dilbert” in significant numbers over the past few years. Quinn, citing The Dailey Beast noted that 77 newspapers that are published by Lee Enterprises, dropped the strip last year:
“After Adams introduced his first Black character, apparently to poke fun at woke culture and the LGBTQ community.”
MLive a media outlet in Michigan was also quick to weigh in. John Hilner the media group’s Vice President of Content wrote this:
“We will not spend our money supporting purveyors of racism, and that the company would drop the comic from its eight newspapers and website as soon as practically possible. The values we stand for as a company, as community members and as an employer of a diverse work force demand that we take immediate and unambiguous action against that kind of bias and stereotype. Adams’s views are his choice; our choice is not to associate our company with him. We are seeking a replacement for “Dilbert” and hope to have it for you soon in our newspapers.”
Hilner took it a step further when he suggested that readers not look at the original YouTube video or look up Adam’s comments stating they should:
“Save yourself the poison.”
OK then, let’s look at this. First, I think it’s a sad and disgusting commentary on the American main street media that they so quickly jump on, and ridicule Adams, but tolerate the likes of Joy Behar, Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Reid, Don Lemon, and all of the other liberal mouthpieces out there at least five days per week.
These people do nothing but incite and inflame hatred. The hatred between races, hatred between political parties, and hatred between the social/economic standing of American citizens.
Adams is frustrated. He’s disillusioned and he’s angry. If you read the full content or listen to his podcast you will see that. Perhaps that’s why John Hilner prodded you not to listen to it, he’s worried that your perspective may soften.
On the podcast, Adams clearly states that he went as far as personally identifying as Black. In so many words, He then went on to say that he has tried for years to further the Black cause.
He was clearly upset by the poll. Keep in mind, this was an independent Rasmussen poll, where 26 percent of blacks clearly stated that No, they disagreed with the statement “It’s OK to be white.” While another 21 percent replied that they weren’t sure???
In the immortal words of Joe Biden, which seems to be the only phase he doesn’t mumble: … C’mon Man!
26 percent of blacks polled disagree with the phrase “It’s ok to be white” and 21 percent aren’t sure. Can you imagine if 47 percent of white people that were polled responded in that way?
Frankly, I know that I am not racist and I can also state without hesitation that I don’t even know anyone that is. On the other hand, I am sick and tired of being told that I am guilty of something just because I am white.
The media daily jams the lie of white supremacy down the throats of Americans, and teachers intimidate white children in school because they were born white. This my friends is definitely racism. It fuels hatred where none exists, and let’s be honest … in many cases, breeds false justification for outrageous, unjustifiable acts.
The results of this culture of hatred being groomed by the left are manifested in poll results such as this one.
No, I don’t agree with Adams that white people should avoid blacks, nor do I think that blacks should stay away from whites. Still, he was correct about one thing. The chasm between races has increased, but not for legitimate reasons.
Both races have to stop taking in the media’s lies. Blacks have to stop blaming their plight on white America and work to change the societal systems that sound good, but all too often are nothing more than empty promises. White Americans must stand up for themselves and quell the lies being pushed by politicians and the media to cause this chaos.
Both races need to grasp the fact that when you are under a government that is attempting to drive us into a one-world government, chaos is their friend.
If we all can remember that “Divide and Conquer” is a true concept and it’s being used against us, then we can come together and stand as one.