Two of China’s largest English-language state newspapers, the Global Times and the People’s Daily, published an illustration this weekend and on Monday showing what appeared to be a BBC reporter in Ku Klux Klan garb, interviewing a scarecrow in a field worked by black slaves.
The CGI illustration, by “patriotic cartoonist” Wuheqilin, depicts three people as Klansmen: a cameraman, a reporter, and someone in what appears to be a security guard uniform holding up the scarecrow.
“Can you tell us what unfair treatment you have suffered, Miss Scarecrow?” the reporter Klansman asks the scarecrow, who is decorated with a sign that reads “I’ve been sexually assaulted and abused.” The interview appears to take place in a cotton field worked by black slaves — apparently a reference to antebellum America. The scarecrow appears to represent the Uyghur people, as it is wearing Uyghur clothing. The Chinese Communist Party has been subjecting the