‘Dilbert’s’ Scott Adams’ racist diatribe causes backlash

‘Dilbert’s’ Scott Adams’ racist diatribe causes backlash

Updated: 26 days, 5 hours, 25 minutes, 39 seconds ago

Pro-Trump “Dilbert” creator Scott Adams, who has previously claimed he’s been a victim of racism in Hollywood and corporate America, went on a racist diatribe this week, labeling Black people as a “hate group” and saying that white people should “get the hell away” from them.

During his Real Coffee with Scott Adams online video program Wednesday, the controversial East Bay cartoonist offered up his latest provocation. He cited a recent poll that he said shows that “nearly half of all Blacks are not OK with white people.” If so, Adams said, “That’s a hate group.”

Adams cited a Rasmussen survey of 1,000 American adults that dealt with the phrase, “It’s OK to be white.” The Anti-Defamation League has deemed the phrase a hate slogan that started as a trolling campaign by members of the controversial forum 4chan.

Among other things, the Rasmussen poll found that 72% of the 1,000 American adults surveyed agreed with the statement, and that even a majority of Black people — 53% —  did as well. The poll also found that 79% of respondents agreed with the statement, “Black people can be racist, too,” including 66% of Black people.

Adams focused on other data from the poll. He said it revealed that 26% of Black respondents said it’s “not OK to be white” and 21% said “they weren’t sure.” With a degree of amazement, Adams said: “That’s 47% of Blacks not willing to say it’s OK to be White. That’s like a real poll. This just happened.”

Adams said that the poll demonstrated that there is “no fixing” current racial tensions in America, which is why White people should live in largely segregated neighborhoods.

“Based on the current way things are going, the best advice I would give to White people is to get the hell away from Black people,” the 65-year-old author exclaimed. “Just get the (expletive) away. Wherever you have to go, just get away. Because there’s no fixing this. This can’t be fixed.”

By Saturday, the comic strip faced a backlash of cancellations.

Various media publishers across the U.S. denounced the comments by Adams as racist, hateful and discriminatory while saying they would no longer provide a platform for his work.

Andrews McMeel Syndication, which distributes “Dilbert,” did not immediately respond Saturday to requests for comment. But Adams defended himself on social media against those whom he said “hate me and are canceling me.”

“Dilbert” is a long-running comic that pokes fun at office-place culture.

Adams said he had already self-segregated by moving to an area “with a very low Black population.” It’s not clear if he was referring to the Tri-Valley town of Pleasanton, where he was known to be living in 2020.

After Adams said that this is the “first political poll that ever changed my activities,” he sarcastically claimed he’s always tried to help the Black community because it brings positive social benefits.

“I’ve been identifying as Black for a while because I like to be on the winning team,” Adams continued. “And I like to help. I always thought if you help the Black community, that’s sort of the biggest lever, you could find, the biggest benefit.”

“But it turns out that nearly half of that team doesn’t think I’m okay to be white,” Adams said.

Given the poll results, Adams said he’s now “going to re-identify as white,” arguing that he doesn’t “want to be a member of a hate group,” which he claimed he had “accidentally joined” with his supposed Black identification.

Adams also said, “I’m going to back off from being helpful to Black Americas because it doesn’t seem like it pays off. … The only outcome is that I get called a racist.”

Adams continued by suggesting that Black people don’t value education as much as other groups and by claiming he’s “sick” of seeing “video after video” of Black people beating up on non-white people. He also stated: “We should be friendly. I’m not saying we should start a war or do anything bad. I’m just saying, get away.”

Adams concluded his comments by laughingly saying, “And there we go. You didn’t expect that today, did you?’’

Over the years, Adams has appeared to embrace increasingly radical positions, the Daily Beast said. He first compared former President Donald Trump to Jesus in 2015 and continued to voice his support for the former president through his 2016 campaign and his controversial presidency. On Twitter and in his online program, Adams also has flirted with favorite topics of the far-right culture wars, the Daily Beast said.

In the wake of the George Floyd protests in 2020, Adams claimed that he was the victim of racism, saying that he had lost multiple jobs due to his skin color.

“I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African-American audience,” the Pleasanton resident posted on Twitter on June 28. “That was the third job I lost for being white. The other two in corporate America. (They told me directly.)”

Last year, Adams introduced a Black character for the first time in his strip’s 33-year history, the Daily Beast said. However, it appeared that the character only existed to allow Adams to poke fun at “woke” culture and the LGBTQ community. The character’s plotline revolved around his identifying as white, only for management to ask if he could also identify as gay.