The Boston Herald, the voice of old-school Boston racists, is in the national spotlight today for this overtly racist cartoon about President Obama and Secret Service breaches. The cartoonist is defending himself by claiming that, much like Stephen Colbert’s fictional character, he can’t see race:
[Jerry] Holbert, himself, responded to the criticism his cartoon received during an appearance Wednesday on the Boston Herald’s talk radio show.
He told the hosts that he had “no intention at all of offending anyone” and that he doesn’t “think along the lines of racial jokes.” While he acknowledged that his jokes can be “naive” or “stupid,” he said he was definitely not racist. He repeatedly emphasized that he “wasn’t thinking of the racial element” when he used watermelon toothpaste.
“I was thinking of myself,” he said. “I really like watermelon.”
After Holbert left the show, one of the hosts noted that the racist connotations of watermelon seemed pretty obvious.
Even Boston Herald talk show hosts know jokes involving black people and watermelon are racist.
The Herald’s editors “sincerely regret if we inadvertently offended anyone,” tweets WBZ’s Joe Mathieu. Yes, if any of you REVERSE RACIST WHITE GUILT SELF-HATING LIBERALS took offense at our obviously racist cartoon, we’re sorry you can’t get over it.