'Dilbert' Comic Strip & Creator Scott Adams Canceled After Controversial Racial Comments Seemingly Taken Out of Context

Nick Kangadis | February 28, 2023
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Before we go any further, I think most people need a refresher on what exactly “racism” means.  For me, and for most rational thinking people, racism is when someone displays hate or acts in a hateful manner towards another person for no other reason than the color of their skin. Is that something we can agree on?

However, is the term of racism also applicable in cases where people make decisions based on information collected that makes a claim about another race? Or is that information simply data that might or might not influence someone’s decisions, no different than if said information was about the two different genders or the habits of certain animals in certain regions of the world?

This all brings us to the curious case of “Dilbert” comic strip creator Scott Adams and his recent comments that were based on a Rasmussen poll, as well as the comments of CNN host Don Lemon.

Recently, on an episode of his podcast, “Real Coffee with Scott Adams,” the 65-year-old cartoonist and author cited a Rasmussen poll that said 47 percent of black respondents answered “no” or weren’t sure when asked whether it’s “okay to be white,” with 26 percent responding “no” and the other 21 percent saying they weren’t sure.

Adams found that having nearly half of black respondents answering in that fashion was alarming. Adams actually couldn’t believe the question asked by Rasmussen was an actual question.

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For context, Adams, who is white, said he previously — not joking — identified as a black person, because he felt it was beneficial to the community he was trying to philanthropically help.

But I have to say that this is the first political poll that ever changed my activities. I don’t know that that’s ever happened before. Normally you see a poll, you look at it, you go, ‘Yeah, whatever.’ ‘Oh, this is interesting what other people think.’ But as of today, I’m going to re-identify as white cause I don’t want to be a member of a hate group. I’d accidentally joined a hate group.

So if nearly half of all blacks are not okay with white people — according to this poll, not according to me, according to this poll — that’s a hate group. That’s a hate group, and I don’t wanna have to do with them. 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. Just get the f**k away. Wherever you have to go, just get away, cause there’s no fixing this. This can’t be fixed. You just have to escape.

Adams went on further to cite Lemon as someone who once upon a time voiced why some black neighborhoods might not succeed in providing a positive environment.


For these particular comments, and after they were framed how the establishment media wanted them to sound, Adams' creation of "Dilbert" had been canceled all over the country for being a "racist tirade," as far-left outlet CNN and Oliver Darcy, whose job it seems to be to take things out of context in order to foment rage clicks, put it. 

While all that might sound “extreme” to some, on this past Saturday’s interview with societal and political commentator Hotep Jesus, Adams got a chance to clarify his statements while also saying that despite the media’s best efforts to paint him as some “right-wing MAGA guy,” he’s actually on the left-wing of politics.

“I discovered that the price of free speech is really high, and there are only a few people willing to pay it,” Adams told Hotep Jesus. “So I decided to pay it, so that I could extend the conversation to something that everybody needs to hear.”

As for Adams’ clarification:

I’m opposed to any discrimination against individuals - not your neighbor, not the person applying for a job. You know, marry who you want. Date who you want. Friends with who you want. I have no opinion on that, except everybody should be treated as individuals, period. And from a Constitutional legal sense, everybody has to be treated the same, period. So those things I think everybody agrees on.

The second thing I said that was controversial, and I think some of the context got lost, is that if you’re not in a Constitutional legal sense and you’re not talking to an individual, then for career maximization — or life maximization — you might want to avoid people who have a bad opinion of you.


Throughout the interview, at separate points, Adams conveyed that he’s a promoter of reparations, affirmative action and that systemic racism is a major problem in the U.S., so yes, he would indeed be typically classified as someone on the left.

All of you have minds of your own. I could tell you how I feel about all of this, but at the end of the day, you’re the ones that have to make up your minds for yourselves. Is Adams racist for saying what he said? Or was what Adams said another “inconvenient truth?”


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