We are the World parody is disgusting, racist, and insultingTo the Editor:
Regarding the cartoon published in Friday, April 19th's issue: The cartoon, which is a parody on "We are the Children," is a disgusting, racist and insulting cartoon.
First of all, it is an insult to the many performers, both black and white, who sang this song to raise money to help bring food to the millions of African people who are suffering and dying from hunger brought on by a 10 year drought. The cartoon was vigorously condemned by the readership of the very newpaper in which it first appeared. The cartoonist was, I believe, suspended from the paper for his cynical and racist drawing.
Secondly, it is an insult to the thousands of students, teachers<>
and workers who come to MIT from all over the world. To call the Iranian, Irish, Arabic and Central American people "weird" and "ones who use the bombs and guns so you stop living" when they are struggling and have been for many years to free themselves from oppression, exploitation and colonialism is an insult to them and only lends support to the Reagan administration's policies which led to much of this suffering in the first place.
I fail to understand why The Tech published this cartoon, which is an obvious racist slur and insults so many people struggling to survive all over the world.
Susan H. Franzblau->