Speaking Out

I am hoping that this is a new era of daring to speak out.  But I also hope that daring to speak out is also daring to listen, not interrupting, and searching for common ground.

I plead to do that and I hope others will too.  If I make a political cartoon that ridicules someone's appearance it is only part of the genre, that is part of the style within that medium.  It is an attention getter, appealing to a sense of humor,  and exaggeration of a point.  It is not intended to be the thrust of the message.  Denigrating someone's looks is like name-calling, labeling and might distract from a message.  Without a message it is like hate speech.  In that regard those kind of drawings say more about the artist than the subject drawn.  My opinion of course but I will try to hold to that as my standard.