Keeping It Classy: ILR School Hangs Posters Depicting GOP as ‘Jihadi John’

No surprises here

Image provided courtesy of Campus Reform

A labor and social justice roundtable at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR) hosted on campus last weekend featured political cartoons prominently displayed along hallways depicting Republicans as a caricature of the infamous ISIS terrorist “Jihadi John” and as molesters.

The story was first reported by Hypeline, and Campus Reform later obtained several more images from the event.

Other cartoons at the event included a swastika overlapping a Confederate flag and one depicting Tea Partiers as frothing-at-the-mouth lunatics.

The political cartoons were drawn by Huck/Konopacki, a duo specializing in cartoons about labor unions. According to event attendee Matthew Harkins ’16, the two were invited because their cartoons are syndicated in various labor movement publications and they have been invited to past ILR roundtables.

At the event, the cartoonists discussed their involvement in the recent organized labor and right-to-work political battles in Wisconsin, according to Harkins.

The event was the Thirteenth Annual Labor Roundtable and connects students to representatives from labor unions and social justice organizations, according to ILR News.

“The roundtable is a unique event that educates students, through small group discussions with labor leaders, on current issues in the labor movement and allows them to learn about a variety of unions and non-governmental organizations working toward advancing worker rights,” Rachel Aleks, assistant professor in the Department of Labor Relations, Law, and History, was quoted saying.

A few days after the event, Dean of the ILR School Kevin Hallok wrote an email to ILR students addressing complaints about the images being offensive.

“I hope the ILR school can flourish as a place where we discuss difficult issues and one where the members of our community feel safe and supported. I also hope that we can continue to prepare leaders who will help others increase inclusion, sensitivity and tolerance far beyond our school,” Hallock wrote.

Of course, Hallock is right. The ILR school and the social justice-loving students and faculty are within their right of freedom of speech to hang whatever posters they want.

Still, this incident is indicative of the poor education students in the ILR school are receiving in regards to what Republicans and conservatives actually stand for. Faculty and administrators gleefully hanging these posters also doesn’t help prepare ILR students to become better union organizers. All it does it each students to think “molester” or “terrorist” when sitting down at the negotiating table with Republicans and conservatives. What a valuable skill-set and how proud ILR should be of itself.

Furthermore, do recognize that no Republicans and conservatives on campus have decried the images as “offensive” or “triggering” and none has retreated to a “safe space” to recuperate after experiencing “trauma.”

So we see who the real winners are.

3 Comments on Keeping It Classy: ILR School Hangs Posters Depicting GOP as ‘Jihadi John’

  1. ” …these posters also doesn’t help prepare ILR students to become better union organizers.”

    Actually, that may not be true. Since most unions function as a lapdog for the Democratic Party, portraying Republicans as evil may actually curry favor with the unionist thugs.

  2. David Breznick // November 20, 2015 at 6:10 pm //

    Let’s see a similar cartoon poster but the knife-wielding animal is a donkey and the hapless victim wearing the orange jumpsuit is labeled, “unborn baby”.

  3. I’m offended by this cartoon. The GOP was trying to kill the middle class long before Jihadi John came on the scene. At the same time I’m happy that so many of the GOP base consider themselves patriots and willingly send their children to die in my rich man wars. As long as we have idiots making $45,000 a year voting for the Grand Old Party we will have plenty of cannon fodder! Thank you poor people, you make me happy. And really fucking rich! Woooooooohoooooooooooo!!!!

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