This week’s editorial cartoon gallery is dominated by the May 14, 2022 murder of 10 black people in a Buffalo, NY supermarket by a racially motivated 18-year-old white man. Three others were injured.
Several cartoonists drew the accused shooter with his brain replaced with hate, paranoia, racism and other garbage, including lead image by Walt Handelsman of the New Orleans Times-Picayune/Advocate and Nick Anderson of Tribune Content Agency . Michael Ramirez of the Las Vegas Review-Journal tackled the theme with sewer pipes pumping a youngster’s head with the grime of social media and the internet. Others point the finger at Fox News.
The cartoonists also commented directly on the so-called “great replacement theory” promulgated by the shooter; the proliferation of firearms in America; and the failure of New York’s “red flag” law to keep a gun out of the shooter’s hands.
Another hot topic is the pressures on the economy from inflation, high energy prices and a falling stock market.
Other news that ends up in the cartoons include the continued shortage of formula; Republican Party primary wins for candidates backed by former President Donald Trump; the Battle of Mariupol, Ukraine, which left the city in ruins; the announcements of Finland and Sweden wanting to join NATO as a bulwark against new Russian aggression; and a House Intelligence Committee audience in Unidentified Flying Objects – er, Unexplained Aerial Phenomena, or UAPs, in military parlance.
The cartoons were drawn by Nick Anderson, Bill Bramhall, Drew Sheneman, Scott Stantis, Walt Handelsman, David Horsey, Phil Hands, Joel Pett, and Joey Weatherford of Tribune Content Agency; and AF Branco, Mike Luckovich and Michael Ramirez of Creators Syndicate.