What Came First, the Cartoon or the Racism?
If every picture is worth a thousand words, then why do some have the ability to render us so easily speechless? And besides that, when’s the last time a cartoon ended up so spot-on prophetic?
Unless you’ve been in a coma the last 5 days, you probably have at least seen the photo on the right which was taken by Peter Pattakos, creator and publisher of Cleveland Frowns. He was in attendance at last week’s April 4th, 2014 Home Opener of the Cleveland Indians when this photo was taken, it was prior to the game as he was assisting filmmaker Brian Spaeth and his crew who are working on a documentary about Chief Wahoo and the “Indians” team name. I highly encourage you to read about how this fan in redface encountered a real Native American, as told by Mr. Pattakos. His account even includes the foolish idiot in redface1 later implying on-air on WKNR to Aaron Goldhammer that he was “set up” for the photo. This story can be read in full here.
I also encourage you to read Sam Allard’s account of this for Cleveland Scene, here. Sam’s telling has the added bonus of his having written down some of the insults and outright racist things he overheard fans shout at those protesting Chief Wahoo and “Indians”.
The cartoon on the left is by Lalo Alcaraz. He’s just as amazed as any of us that a editorial cartoon he created in 2002 ended up so eerily similar to Peter Pattakos’ photo some 12 years later. Lalo’s account of seeing the photo and reacting to the amazing parallels between it and his cartoon can be read in full, here.
Maybe this coincidence is an example of Jung and Koestler’s synchronicity at work? Or maybe it’s Oscar Wilde who is most right when he said, “Life imitates Art far more than Art imitates Life”.
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- Someone I very distinctly remember seeing standing in line at the Sausages and Hot Dogs concession in Section 117 wearing the exact same garb and makeup at last year’s Home Opener, giving high fives to some fans as they shouted “Mr. Wahoo!” to him. [↩]
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