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Indianapolis Star Bows To Race Hustlers Pulls Anti-Amnesty Cartoon

Gary Varvel cartoon pulled by The Indianapolis Star

On Saturday, November 22, 2014 The Indianapolis Star’s executive editor Jeff Taylor issued an apology and explained why he pulled the above cartoon by award-winning editorial cartoonist Gary Varvel.

It was said Taylor, because it “offended a wide group of readers.”

Taylor’s craven capitulation to race hustlers who see offense in every image or word that they consider to be a derogatory comment on illegal aliens and President Obama’s near-treasonous abandonment of American sovereignty is a sorry commentary on how far The Indianapolis Star has fallen from its glory days as one of America’s top newspapers.

In the 1960s when Eugene C. Pulliam presided over Central Newspapers and M. Stanton Evans helmed The Indianapolis Star the paper was one of the nation’s premier voices of limited government conservatism, a strong national defense and American exceptionalism.

Indeed on March 17, 1962, as CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie noted in his book TAKEOVER, Pulliam and Evans were honored for their contributions to conservatism at the modern conservative movement’s public debut: “A Conservative Rally for World Liberation from Communism,” which drew a sellout crowd of 18,500 mostly young people to Madison Square Garden in the heart of liberalism’s East coast citadel, New York City.

But no more.

Since 2000 The Indianapolis Star has been part of the Gannett media empire and reflects the liberal attitudes of its urban elite management, not the thinking of journalists and commentators grounded in the limited government conservatism and politics of one of America’s most conservative states – Indiana.

Now, rather than shine the bright light of uncomfortable truth on the issue of who illegal aliens are, and why they come to America, The Indianapolis Star’s management chooses instead to avoid anything that might be perceived as being “racially insensitive.”

Everything in America is reduced to race by the liberal elite, so, the point of the cartoon is no longer allowed to be illegal aliens coming to America to raid the American taxpayer for the unearned benefits Obama’s policies will bestow upon them, it is “…an immigrant family climbing through a window of a white family’s home as Thanksgiving dinner was served.”


Not “illegal immigrant” or perhaps more properly “alien” as defined by Title 8 of the United States Code.

Of course as soon as the cartoon was posted an interesting commentary on the liberal mind (or lack thereof) occurred; Varvel was subjected to a torrent of online abuse, including but not limited to threats of beatings, slapping and death, and no doubt the Star’s management interpreted threats to cancel subscriptions to the newspaper by unidentifiable Twitter users in the far corners of the Twitter-verse as an existential threat to their business.

But we suspect what really got Varvel’s cartoon pulled was the criticism from other members of the elite tribe that are today’s “journalists.”

“I'm ashamed to be in the same field of work as the editors who allowed this ignorant, racist cartoon,” tweeted one.

The Huffington Post termed the cartoon “racist”

Timothy B. Lee, a senior editor at Vox and formerly of The Washington Post, gave this spin on the traditional Thanksgiving story, “Remember, the classic Thanksgiving story is about Pilgrims -- a.k.a. immigrants -- who showed up on American shores uninvited, and in precarious economic circumstances. Thanksgiving is a celebration of the fact that the native-born Americans who lived in the area welcomed these newcomers, shared their food with them, and helped them make the transition to their new home,” before opining that Varvel’s cartoon was “tone-deaf” and that “Thanksgiving is about immigration.”

We will save the meaning of Thanksgiving and its relationship to immigration for another column.

We are quite sure that had Varvel drawn the same cartoon with the alien family looking in through barred windows with a caption of the guy serving the turkey saying, “It’s ours and we’re not sharing,” there would have been no criticism of his choice of images.

Or perhaps Varvel should have chosen an African-American family to be seated around the Thanksgiving table, with the turkey already picked clean, since black Americans are the demographic group that has suffered the most economic distress under the open borders policy of President Obama.

Going down the path of subjecting every opinion – and fact – to an arbitrary and capricious racial sensitivity test is the end of truth-seeking and honest public debate.

The Indianapolis Star and executive editor Jeff Taylor were wrong to pull Gary Varvel’s cartoon. That action, by implication, labels everyone who believes that our border security and immigration laws should be enforced as a racist – and that’s simply not the truth.

CHQ editor George Rasley's family was in the newspaer business for over 150 years.

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