The Salt Lake Tribune ran an editorial cartoon comparing Republican Representative Burgess Owens to a member of the Klu Klux Klan.
The comic showed a caricature of Owens pointing to the border with the tag line “They are coming to your neighborhoods!” and right next to Owens was a Klan member pointing at him saying the same thing.
We have heard of “mansplaining” now we have “whitesplaining” from a white man comparing a black man, who grew up under Jim Crow laws, to the KKK.
— Burgess Owens (@BurgessOwens) April 15, 2021
In a statement to The Daily Caller Owens said:
“I was raised int he 1960’s Deep South during a time when the KKK terrorized my neighborhood and the color of my skin literally dictated where I went to school. It was a time when racism was defined by arrogance and demeaning the character of any person of color,” Owens told the Caller.
“They can try to hide behind a newspaper and fake ‘wokeness,’ but this is it,” he continued. “Don’t let the racist and tone deaf Salt Lake Tribune cast a bad light on our great state of inclusion. It does not represent the people of Utah or my constituents in District 4.”
The Utah Delegation issued a joint statement condemning the graphic as “repugnant.”
— Mike Lee (@SenMikeLee) April 15, 2021
Many other Republicans’ called out the Salt Lake Tribune over the comic as well:
Pro tip: if you’re a newspaper that doesn’t want to look like wild-eyed partisan racists…maybe don’t run a cartoon portraying a Black Member of Congress as a Klansman.#disgusting https://t.co/2sZmXKYw7g
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 16, 2021
The one thing liberals hate more than a conservative is a Black Conservative, but I’m here to tell you, we’re not going anywhere. https://t.co/dRvq9bLgfF
— Byron Donalds (@ByronDonalds) April 15, 2021
Comparing a black man, who grew up under Jim Crow laws, to the KKK is absolutely disgusting, @sltrib.
— Congressman Ken Buck (@RepKenBuck) April 15, 2021