What can we say in the face of the abhorrent killings that just took place in France? We are proud of the French rallying several million to stand
together for freedom of expression. We can stand with Obama who points out that the French were in fact America’s first friends. King Louis went broke
funding the American Revolution.
We can say so many things, but I will point out that a picture is worth 1,000 words and therein lays the connection to the savage catastrophe.
Los Angeles Time’s Ted Rall says a cartoonist should not have to look over his shoulder while doing his work. His article January 7 in the Opinion
section of L.A. Times is worth reading.
He says, “cartoons are incredibly powerful”, even more so than writing, and I say, by extrapolation, moving pictures are even more powerful. That is why we
need to continue to make movies about powerful and controversial topics. That is why I got into the business. Movies can change the world.
And so can cartoons, as we see.
Says Ted, “Political cartoonists receive threats. After 9/11, especially, people promised to blow me up with a bomb, slit the throats of every member of
my family, rape me and deprive me of a livelihood by organizing sketchy boycott campaigns. (That last one almost worked.)”
He continues, “As far as I know, no editorial cartoonist in the United States has been murdered in response to the content of his or her work, but there’s
a first time for everything. Political cartoonists have been killed and brutally beaten in other countries. Here in the United States, the
slaying of outspoken radio talk show host Alan Berg
reminds us that political murder isn’t something that only takes place somewhere else.
Every political cartoonist takes a risk to exercise freedom of expression.”
Let us stand together, let not fear rule us, but let us bravely say no to suppression of freedom of expression.