Cartoonists, killed for their art, and humanity

January 9, 2015 7:22 PM

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Cartoonists, killed for their art, and humanity

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer. Her memoir, "Drawing Blood," will be published by Harper Collins in the fall. She has written for the New York Times, Paris Review and Vanity Fair, and has work in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.

The artists of Charlie Hebdo join a long and tragic tradition. Mocking pen strokes send authoritarians into paroxysm of rage. Governments and extremist groups around the world target cartoonists for arrest, beatings and execution. Bullies can never take a joke.

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