Rebecca Wanzo, associate director of the Center for Humanities and associate professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies in Arts & Sciences
What makes a bad editorial cartoon?
Mark Knight and some of his defenders will tell you the outcry against his Serena Williams cartoon, roundly criticized this week for indulging noxious racist imagery, are about “political correctness” or progressive silencing of dissent. Don’t believe that argument. It depends on the belief that people are incapable of making aesthetic distinctions. In an editorial, the newspaper defended his cartoon, saying it had nothing to do with race.