Cartoonists rely on iconography. Symbol is ready metaphor, and not just such trite-and-true staples as donkeys and elephants and American eagles. No editorial toolkit is complete without the darkest of symbols -- the emblems of evil that never lose their emotional impact. The KKK hood. The noose. The swastika.
When employing the most vile of emblems, editorial cartoonists sometimes mine the embedded power for hyperbole. So it is that the Anti-Defamation League might have presumed New Jersey cartoonist Jimmy Margulies was being hyperbolic when several days ago, in reaction to Arizona's new immigration law, he drew Gov. Jan Brewer's state as the mustache of Hitler.
Point made. But powerfully. Arizona puts the "AZ" in "nAZi."
The ADL, however, took issue with Margulies's metaphor.
However, Foxman added:
To illustrate its point Wednesday, the ADL specifically cited the Margulies cartoon, saying:
Speaking to Comic Riffs on Thursday, Margulies explained -- and reinforced -- his invoking of a Nazi analogy, stating that it was appropriate to tap not only its potency, but also its literal memory.
Margulies continues: "I do not think it diminishes the memory of the Holocaust to point out that the law in Arizona is uncomfortably reminiscent of Germany's in targeting one or more minorities. Before the concentration camps, there were smaller measures enacted which set the stage for greater acts.
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