Is it possible to draw Serena Williams without being racist?

Is it possible to draw Serena Williams without being racist? By Rod Liddle.

I have spent the morning trying to draw a cartoon of a black person without it being racist. It’s bloody difficult. Especially the lips. Make them too big and anti-racist people will accuse you of being a white supremacist peddling, in their words, the old ‘sambo’ myth. But too small and they don’t look like the lips of very many black people.

It’s the same with the colour. At first, on my cartoon, I used a black felt-tip pen and so the figure came out very black indeed. Sambo territory again, especially when I added big red lips and very white teeth. In the end I used cross-hatching with a pencil but this was, to my mind, unsatisfactory.

The job of a cartoonist is to exaggerate physical characteristics into an immediately recognisable caricature for comic effect, not to assuage people with skin as thin as the surface tension of water. …

My little drawing was the consequence of the furore which enveloped an Australian cartoonist, Mark Knight … The drawing [above] was criticised by civil rights leaders, J.K. Rowling, Jesse Jackson, the entire staff of the Guardian (which ran a magnificently fatuous piece explaining that this was why Australia was a racist society) and the usual gimps on social media.

Mr Knight, rather wonderfully, refused to apologise and so did his newspaper. …

Serena Williams does not like losing and her anti-pathy to defeat is one reason she is such a successful player. Paddies like hers are always a good laugh, but they are hardly unique in the world of tennis or in any other competitive sport. What rankled was the speed with which Serena clambered into acquired victimhood to explain it all away, wreathed in self-pity and blaming her hormones.

And then the SJW crowd got itself involved, with one halfwit called Carys Afoko in the Guardian … suggesting that this was what all black people had to put up with all the time, everywhere, because this is whitey’s world. …

I wonder if Boris Johnson has ever drawn a cartoon of a black person? … At least three quotes made me like him once again, having gone off him for his performance over the past two years. The second quote … was about Africa: ‘The continent may be a blot, but it is not a blot upon our conscience. The problem is not that we were once in charge, but that we are not in charge any more.’ This seems to be both incontestable and yet paradoxically unsayable, as so many difficult things are these days. If only Boris would say it in public.