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Police and Black Community Targets

The recent police shootings and the murders of policemen in Dallas are a horror. I think these police shooting horrors have been going on in probably the same or lesser proportion in the past, but now we see them on phone videos. More of a horror are the statistics for how disproportionately more blacks are in prison. My solution is to get rid of the racist laws that disproportionately punish blacks for drug crimes. We should see by now that the war on drugs is unfair and is more costly to society than the cost in lives and suffering of having no war on drugs at all.


I should apologize for taking such a long break from the last cartoon. I’ve been moving back to California. We sold the ranch in Tennessee and we’re back in California, hopefully for good.

I think the police/Black Lives Matter issue will be with us for quite some time and I should come up with some more cartoon ideas on this. I have to admit that this isn’t an easy topic. It is much easier to draw “Trump as a monster” cartoons. I like the black and white line art version of this one, so I didn’t do a grayscale on this one. Unfortunately, most newspapers take the color image and grayscale it rather than using line art when I post line art as the black and white version. Frustrating. Line art is more elegant.

Here’s an oldie on the same topic that I drew last year. This one has been getting more ink recently as it has been more appropriate for the week’s focus.

And here’s another one …

In the video below you can see me drawing the target cartoon in real time.

In the next video see me coloring the cartoon in Photoshop.



By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

5 replies on “Police and Black Community Targets”

Tough topic, It's weird that a cartoon on this subject can seem to stay relevant.

It is disheartening that you, Daryl, would advocate the rescinding of laws that *ALL* of us Americans have agreed to live under…instead of calling for blacks (or any other color, for that matter) TO OBEY THE LAW.

Perhaps I was expecting too much from you?

If blacks (or any other colored American) were in prison disproportionately for murder, would you call for those laws to be removed?


The problem of homicide deaths is partly due to the availability of guns. Without guns, which are very efficient human killers, there would be fewer human homicides. The problem of homicide deaths is partly due to hopelessness. If everybody was properly educated and had reasonable employment, folks would be too busy and too happy to kill other folks.

In the United States we seem to have perfected our very own version of population control. First, we ensure ready access to guns to almost all citizens big enough to pull the trigger, and then we limit access to education and employment to ensure that millions of Americans will be unemployed, uneducated, and without hope. In effect, in the United States we are replacing the traditional killers of surplus population (disease and starvation) with widespread human homicides by other humans.

We furnish the weapons and the frustration to curb excess population in a modern society. America is unique! We are NUMBER ONE! Exceptionalism rampant! All that is needed to do better is more guns and greater concentration of wealth. 🙂

Jay, Daryl is probably referring to the fact that possession of crack cocaine (favored by black users) and powdered cocaine of equal amounts and strength is punished waaay differently. For details, see…. Interestingly, the Koch brothers have come out in favor of major changes in our laws and criminal justice practices to reduce disproportionate incarceration (and other punishments) of blacks and other minorities, as well as low-income citizens of all ethnicities. The richer and whiter you are, the lighter your sentence and the smaller your court and other fees.

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