14 January, 2005

Pat Oliphant Caricatures Racist and Misleading


ADC Communicates Concerns, Will You?

Washington DC, January 13–Today the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) wrote to the San Francisco Chronicle and Universal Press Syndicate to communicate concern over racist depictions of Arabs in caricatures by Pat Oliphant. In recent weeks, ADC received numerous complaints from readers and concerned citizens regarding Oliphant's cartoons.

On January 8, an especially offensive cartoon was published in the San Francisco Chronicle, which implied that Arabs are unconcerned with the Tsunami disaster and are inhumane.  The caricature draws on false stereotypes and reinforces negative views of Arabs. To view this cartoon, click here.

In the letter, ADC outlined its concerns, stating that the