One of the reasons why I did not discuss the cartoon controversies that have raged except in the article on This has Everything to Do with Islam, is due to the fact that these cartoons, particularly the scribblings and crayon diplomacy of Pamela Geller, have a common pool of origin.
One in particular is of the apes.
This is a standard method used against all people who are dark skinned as during the 19th century, it was thought that the Caucasian man was the highest developed form of homo sapien and that all others were in some form or other, transitional forms on the way up from being primates.
Then there are the images that exaggerate the nose of the dark skinned individual so as to set them apart. The features are usually grotesquely out of proportion with the rest of the face. Please take a look below for yourself.
This is something that can be seen with Muslims and Arabs as well. There should be no misunderstanding in this regard.
It is as if these images are being directly recycled. Another favourite image of the cartoon mob has been the depiction of the enemy nation with dark skin and usually engaged in acts of violence. Let us look at the Jewish example:
Then we have the Muslim example just below. Remember, these are within sixty years of one another:
Then a personal favourite is the depiction with the gold tooth:
We next have the belief put forward that Muslims are consuming and annihilating the human race and anyone not just like them. This has parallels to the following below:
Take a careful look at this poster:
The point of putting all of these images here is for the reader to do the following three things:
1. Understand that this is not the first time these images have been drawn. Sometimes it looks to be the case that they were updated.
2. The mind of an individual that could draw such figures has to be questioned and thought out carefully. “People put to pen what is in them,” as Dorothy Decker once told me in writing class in vocation school.
3. All of these images came from the same people: Europeans. The fear expressed by these people and the means used to personify it are all shown in the same way. The racist imagery utilised to put forward their greatest fears is only a reminder of their only recent primitive past.
The relative peace that has been known in Europe and the United States for the past 60 years is not the norm; rather it i the exception, which is proof of the general rule. As time has passed and laws have been tightened, it looks to be that we are heading back into a feudal police state type of fiefdom similar to what was in place before the 1689 Bill of Rights in the United Kingdom.
These things cannot be changed by meetings, anymore than segregation by the forced integration that I was subjected to in the 1970s. Legislation cannot change hearts. One has to want to change in order for transformation to take place. The societies have never dealt with their recent past.
Due to this fact, they have not asked the wider questions and sought the healing necessary after admitting wrong, repentance, restitution and then renewal. Isn’t it now just to the case that the Germans are spinning their web stating that they were not the losers in WWII but victims of Hitler like everyone else?
This is the nation that legally, through democratic means, voted this man into power. Rather than dealing with the sickness of that move and the inherent malady in themselves as a people at the time, they have instead chosen to rationalise it. This is the same attitude employed by Americans when they chose George W. Bush twice.
Rest assured, action has to be taken against people committing murder and the wickedness that they perpetrate; but the images being conjured up and the language being used have nothing to do with that at all. They are echoes of a previous age or infantile growth of Europeans, a juvenile streak that has not been outgrown.
It is for this reason that I do not answer these cartoons or even have any anger regarding the matter. If someone’s best intellectual defense against an enemy is to draw a cartoon against him, then there is really not much else that can be said. Just as I do not respond to children that might call me “stupid face” or insert my name into rhyming couplets ending in K-I-S-S-I-N-G, then I put no importance on people who have their highest calling in doodling and making caricatures that (if I do say so myself, although not having an art background) are first grader classics at most.
The images my children draw are atleast proportional and resemble human beings. But that is just it, isn’t it? Those pictured aren’t meant to be human. And in the minds of those who drew them, the subject lost whatever humanity he had a long time ago when he was perceived as different.