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A four-panel comic strip drawn by Travis Dandro depicting a bigoted perspective of both people of color and individuals with disabilities.
Panel one contains one figure, a highly stylized, anthropomorphized Gnu (or African antelope with along head and beard), presumably the title character of the strip, Mr. Gnu. The character is holding a cereal box in front of him. Lettering over the character's head reads: "Hey kids! I'd like to introduce a new cereal!"
Panel two contains a close up of the cereal box with the lettering, "Sammy Davis CRUNCH" over a stylized drawing of a character that is supposedly the entertainer, Sammy Davis Jr., with a cigarette in his mouth and exaggerated bulging eyes. Beside his head is the outline of a spoon. Mr. Gnu continues to speak out of view. His monolog reads: "It's called Sammy Davis CRUNCH!"
Panel three shows an open box of Sammy Davis CRUNCH cereal upside down, pouring glass eyeballs into a striped bowl full of eyeballs. The monolog reads, "You'll love these chocolately delicious eye shapes!"
Panel four depicts Mr. Gnu, still holding the cereal box, standing beside a child holding the cereal bowl with food around his mouth. Mr. Gnu says, "And with 9 essential vitamins, Sammy Davis CRUNCH will keep you tapping all day long!"
The dirty-faced child responds by asking, "Can I have seconds?"
Dandro, Travis, "Mr. Gnu comic strip" (1997). Social Justice: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion. 770.
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