Comic section mainstay “Dilbert” was dropped from a massive amount of publishers after dubbing Black people a “hate group” online.
The satirical corporate comic strip was cut by USA Today and parent company, Gannett, the biggest newspaper publisher in the country, after creator Scott Adams doled out unsolicited advice about how White people should stay away from Black people.
During the Wednesday episode of his YouTube show, Adams, who is white, cited a Rasmussen Reports survey that gauged the statement, “It’s OK to be white.”
While 72% of respondents agreed to with the utterance, 47% of Black people did not.
The Anti-Defamation League has labeled the statement as a hate chant, after it originated on 4Chan in 2017.
When assessing the survey’s second statement, “Black people can be racist, too,” 66% of Black people polled agreed.
“If nearly half of all Blacks are not okay with White people,” Adams began, but quickly clarified that his assertion was according to the poll, not to his opinion.
“That’s a hate group, and I don’t want anything to do with them.”
The “Dilbert” artist, who first began penning the comic in 1989, had some controversial advice for White people.
“And I would say, 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,” he brazenly recommended.
“Just get the f–k away. Wherever you have to go, just get away. Because there’s no fixing this. This cant be fixed, right. This can’t be fixed. You just have to escape.”
Adams went on to explain how he managed to “escape” from interacting with Black people by changing his living situation.
“So that’s what I did,” said the artist who is estimated to have made $70 million off of the corporate comic strip.
“I went to a neighborhood where [there is] a very low Black population, because unfortunately there is a high correlation between the density [of problems],” Adams reported.
He was quick to point out that his assertion is actually based on a statement by CNN host Don Lemon, who said when he “lived in a mostly black neighborhood, there were a bunch of problems you don’t see in White neighborhoods.”
“So even Don Lemon sees a big difference in your own quality of living, based where you live, and who’s there,” he uttered.
Adams parlayed his endorsement of segregated communities, into a misguided diatribe about why he will no longer be aiding the Black community.
“I think it makes no sense whatsoever as a White citizen of America, to try to help Black citizens anymore. It doesn’t make sense,” he stated.
“It’s no longer a rational impulse, so I’m going to back off from being helpful to Black America, because it doesn’t seem like it plays off.”
He noted that he has been “helpful” to the Black community for all of his life, but the “only outcome” is that he gets called a racist.
“It makes no sense to help Black Americans if you’re White, it’s over, don’t even think it’s worth trying,” Adams urged.
He also said he’s really sick of seeing “Black Americans beating-up non-black citizens,” because every day he looks at social media and sees a Black person pummeling a White person.
After Episode 2027 of “Real Coffee with Scott Adams” went viral with 187,000 views, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, and The Washington Post, amongst other newspapers, axed “Dilbert” immediately.
“The Boston Globe has made the decision to drop the Dilbert strip in the wake of racist comments by creator Scott Adams on his video show this past week,” wrote editor Nancy Barnes.
Adams has had a history of making racially charged statements on social media.
In 2020, he said that the animated show based off of his iconic comic was canceled due to the network choosing to change their target demographic, not the series’ low ratings.
“I lost my TV show for being white when UPN decided it would focus on an African American audience,” he tweeted. “That was the third job I lost for being white.”
In early 2022, he made an ill-conceived joke about changing his racial identity.
“I’m going to self-identify as a Black woman until Biden picks his Supreme Court nominee. I realize it’s a long shot, but I don’t want to completely take myself out of the conversation for the job,” Adams posted.
This isn’t the first time “Dilbert” has been axed by a series of publishers. In September of the same year, the office satire was dropped from 77 newspapers, after Adams began regularly penning anti-woke plotlines.
In a comic published on Sept. 20, 2022, a Black employee who identifies as White is asked to help raise the company’s diversity statistics by identifying as LGBTQ+.
“Dave, I need to boost our company’s ESG rating, so I’m promoting you to be our CTO,” the manager begins.
“I know you identify as white, so that won’t help with our ESG scores, but would it be too much trouble to identify as gay,” he questions.
“Depends on how hard you want me to sell it,” Dave replies.
“Just wear better shirts,” the manager returns.
At the time, Adams denied that his content was behind the cut.
“It was part of a larger overhaul, I believe, of comics, but why they decided what was in and what was out, that’s not known to anybody except them, I guess.”
Since his comic strip was cancelled, Adams has had plenty to say on social media.
“If anyone else needs to do some social signaling based on fake news about me, I’m here for you,” he joked on Thursday. “I hear it’s good for your dopamine.”
In a follow-up post, Adams wrote: A lot of people are angry at me today but I haven’t yet heard anyone disagree.”
“I make two main points: 1. Treat everyone as an individual (no discrimination). 2. Avoid any group that doesn’t respect you. Does anyone think that is bad advice?”
“Has anyone checked the price of free speech lately? It’s worse than eggs,” he concluded.