Fighting Racism with Satirical Cartoons

Published: 31 March 2016

Region: Worldwide

Cut_and_Paste_Artwork_FIN_-_webOn the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Media Diversity Institute (MDI) published a satirical cartoon highlighting similarities between racism and discrimination against various social groups.

The cartoon shows that racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, anti-migrants rhetoric and many other types of discrimination have their basis in hate speech and hatred towards minorities and marginalised groups.

The cartoon, by the cartoonist Polyp, is part of the MDI project “Get the Trolls Out!” a programme to combat online antisemitism in Europe. Within a partnership of five organisations across Europe, Get the Trolls Out! rejects antisemitic discourse in the media as well as in everyday life. It engages young people in exposing the prejudices, misrepresentation and manipulation of antisemitic public discourses through creative education, humour, theatre, fact-based messages and complaints.

In the UK and Hungary, media monitoring provide grist for cartoons to counter antisemitic speech to expose false claims and lies.

The 21st of March, proclaimed International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination by the UN General Assembly, every year see hundreds of activities implemented by grassroots groups, NGOs and institutions with the aim of raising awareness against racism.