Zen Pencils by Gavin Aung Than for March 21, 2016
Robert F. Kennedy’s On The Mindless Menace of Violence When you teach a man to hate and fear his BROTHER… …when you teach that he is a lesser man because of his color or his beliefs or the policies he pursues… …when you teach that those who differ from you threaten your freedom or your job or your family… CRISIS! ALIEN REFUGEES …then you also learn to confront others not as fellow citizens but as ENEMIES. …to be met not with cooperation but with CONQUEST, to be SUBJUGATED and MASTERED. We learn to look at our brothers as ALIENS, men with whom we share a city, but not a community. Men bound to us in common dwelling, but not in common effort. SHOVE! We learn to share only a common FEAR… …only a common desire to RETREAT from each other… …only a common impulse to meet disagreement with FORCE. RAY GUN DO NOT TOUCH ! We must admit the vanity of our false distinctions among men and learn to find our own advancement in the search for the advancement of OTHERS. We must admit in ourselves that our own children’s future cannot be built on the MISFORTUNES of others. ICE CREAM ICE CREAM ICE CREAM We must recognize that this short life can neither be ennobled or enriched by HATRED or REVENGE. - Robert F. Kennedy
The boy’s father in the first few panels could also be trim, fit, wearing a suit, and drinking a glass of wine. Not sure about the way this depicts a stereotypical bigot. But the message is good.