Kentucky's Gov.-elect Matt Bevin doesn't want Syrian refugees coming to his state. He is also a parent of multiple adopted children from Africa.
That's the hypocrisy cartoonist Joel Pett, who is now in serious hot water, tried to convey in a political cartoon published in the Lexington Herald-Leader.
But some are calling his cartoon, which shows Bevin cowering under his desk from pictures of his adopted children, racist.
Bevins called out the cartoonist on Twitter and said his children should be off-limits in political discussions.
The tone of racial intolerance being struck by the @HeraldLeader has no place in Kentucky and won't be tolerated by our administration (2/2)— Matt Bevin (@MattBevin) November 19, 2015
Pett defended his cartoon in an editorial, saying it had nothing to do with the children and everything to do with Bevin's fear of Syrian refugees.
Did I attack his children? Of course not. Was the cartoon racist or critical of adopting children, as some are suggesting? The fact that he adopted children from Africa, a continent whose promise and challenges I routinely draw about, is the thing I admire the most about Bevin.
I did use the fact that he has children from another country in a piece designed to express outrage over a legitimate hot-button political issue. (Bevin used them in photo-ops and on TV commercials over the past two campaigns, but that's another story.) I did this with my name signed to it, in a newspaper with a long history of tolerating and publishing opinions of all persuasions and on a page labeled "opinion."
So, Internet. Racist or nah?