The Week’s Best Cartoons: Black Lives Matter

I haven’t done a cartoon post for a couple of months. The political cartoons today are darker, more brooding … but then, so is our nation. Today, though, I am ready for a break from my usual fare … the snarky & angst need to rest for just a minute. So … today I am sharing TokyoSand’s weekly cartoon roundup. The ‘toons sometimes speak louder than words. Thank you, TS!


By Steve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune

Here’s how some of the nation’s best editorial cartoonists covered the Black Lives Matter protests. I hope you’ll let me know which ones you found to be the most powerful.

Black Lives Matter

By Scott Stantis, Chicago Tribune

By Steve Breen, San Diego Union Tribune

By Kevin Necessary

By Michael de Adder

By Matt Davies, Newsday

The Protests

By Serge Birault

By Matt Davies

By Pat Bagley, Salt Lake Tribune

By Ann Telnaes, Washington Post

By Daryl Cagle

By Clay Jones

By Darrin Bell, King Features syndicate

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Trump Responds

By Lalo Alcaraz

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Clay Jones

By Monte Wolverton

By Mike Luckovich, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

By Ann Telnaes, Washington Post

By Adam Zyglis, The Buffalo News

By Steve Breen, San Diego Union…

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21 thoughts on “The Week’s Best Cartoons: Black Lives Matter

    • Like you, I thought it had gone away. I thought the nation woke up during the Civil Rights Era and that the haters were the exception. Yes, this is a wake up call for the world … will they heed the call, or go back to sleep? Very sad times, my friend. It’s getting harder and harder to be optimistic.

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  1. Jill, the diversity by race and generation reveals a protest that will continue. You did not show it, but in Germany the paper ran one of Trump kneeling on the throat of the Statue of Liberty.

    Ted Koppel interviewed several thought leaders from around the world on CBS Sunday Morning and they are saddened by America’s forgetting its ideals. They spoke of an America in decline, but hoped we would restore their faith. Keith

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    • Only in the past week or so did I realize that racism, hatred and fear of ‘other’ never went away … we just convinced ourselves it did. No, I didn’t see the one you mention from Germany, but … so very apropos.

      The more I read the book I mentioned yesterday by David Frum, the more I realize that Trump has never respected anything other than money. He has always had a hatred/fear of our allies and a love of the strongmen such as Putin. I think all of us who care about humanity and who have a functioning brain are deeply saddened by the ideology of the U.S. according to Trump. I tell you, my friend, for the first time in my 69 years, I am frightened for the future of this nation.


      • Jill, you are right it never went away. We just need more folks to say it is wrong. Bigotry has to be carefully taught to children to live on, but the converse is true. Seeing young children of all races out protesting with their parents is a breath of fresh air. We should celebrate that.

        As for our country’s future, we have survived other awful presidents. I will be more fearful if this corrupt, deceitful and racist president gets reelected. Pandora’s Box was already opened by Senate Republicans who decided to not believe honorable diplomats and staff who risked everything. If he wins, then the box will be nailed shut. Keith

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  2. TokyoSand’s Saturday round-up of cartoons is definitely a “not to be missed” event for any lover of the brilliant art of the many talented political cartoonists. This week’s did not disappoint, though it never has in the past either. I had mentioned in my comment that I was drawn to the first cartoon by Steve Breen. Mr. Breen’s cartoon displays the many shades of skin colors of both right and left handed writers and all are using a Sharpie (trump’s often used favorite writing instrument) to make a clear statement of exactly who must be included in “We the People”! I cannot with any certainty say that this was his intent, but that is what the cartoon says to me. Mayhaps James McNeill Whistler said it best : “An artist is not paid for his labor but for his vision.” An excellent shared post! Thank-you!

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    • I agree … I had stopped doing political cartoons because our situation is … beyond humour these days. But, a very dear friend convinced me (her name is Ellen, but don’t tell, okay?) that it’s okay … that the ‘toons represent a visual image of what is happening in our world today. The first cartoon was also my favourite … I felt it spoke volumes. And the quote by Whistler is perfect. Thank you, dear friend … WHAK! ❤


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