Newspapers Dump ‘Dilbert’ Comic Strip After Creator Goes on Racist Rant

Dilbert Creator Causes Controversy (Credit: LA Times/YouTube)

Several major newspaper outlets have announced they’ll no longer run the “Dilbert” comic strip, after creator Scott Adams went on a racist rant, calling Black Americans a “hate group,” and urging white Americans to “get the f–k away” from Black people.

The Los Angeles Times issued a statement on Saturday, Feb. 25, saying the paper would cease publication of “Dilbert,” effective Monday, because of Adams’ “offensive remarks.”

The San Antonio Express-News, which is owned by Hearst Newspapers, also said Saturday it would drop “Dilbert,” noting that the decision came “because of hateful and discriminatory public comments by its creator.”

Add the USA Today Network — which includes USA Today, The Arizona Republic and Detroit Free Press — to the list of publishing groups dropping “Dilbert.”  The network said it would stop publishing the comic “due to recent discriminatory comments by its creator.”

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The backlash came after Adams, 65, (looking very comfortable) shared his thoughts on race in a recent episode of his podcast, “Real Coffee with Scott Adams.”

During the Feb. 22 episode, Adams said a recent poll showed “nearly half” of Black Americans are racist.

“Twenty six percent of Blacks said ‘no, it’s not OK to be white.’ Twenty one percent weren’t sure,” he said. “Add them together, 47 percent of Black respondents were not willing to say it’s OK to be white.”

“If nearly half of all Blacks are not OK with white people, that’s a hate group … and I don’t wanna have anything to do with them,” he added.

Adams urged white people to distance themselves from African Americans.

“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,” he said. “This can’t be fixed. You just have to escape. So, that’s what I did. I went to a neighborhood that has a very low Black population.”

Adams, who is white, jokingly said he previously identified as Black “for years now because I like to be on a winning team.”

He then touted the benefits of “helping” Black Americans, but said he’s had a change of heart because “it turns out that nearly half of that team doesn’t think it’s OK to be white.”

The “Dilbert” creator’s full comments are currently on YouTube, though they may not be for long.