Move over, other prominent and respected cartoonists whose names I can’t quite recall at this moment, because there’s a new top dog in town: Iain MacIntyre, a 10-year-old from Flint who traveled to Washington, D.C. to watch his governor Rick Snyder testify before Congress today.
Snyder is in D.C. to face the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which is questioning him about the state’s handling of the Flint water crisis. According to the Detroit Free Press, the EPA will “place the blame squarely on the state; criticizing decisions not only by state regulators but by Snyder’s hand-picked officials in Flint.”
Iain MacIntyre is there, too. His family is one of five which traveled along with the AFL-CIO and the activist group Flint Rising to attend the hearing, and MacIntyre drew the devastating caricature you see above while watching Snyder testify.
The cartoon, first published to Twitter by the Flint activist Nayyirah Shariff, shows Snyder alone on the stand. He appears small and frail, unfit for the task of making things right for the people of Vehicle City. He is surrounded by negative space, perhaps symbolizing his distance and isolation from the populace he supposedly answers to. He opens his mouth and only lies come out.
MacIntyre also drew a second cartoon, which does not share the stark minimalism of his Snyder portrait but is jam-packed with symbolic imagery.
Pulitzer board, take note: It’s not too late to award MacIntyre this year’s cartooning prize.