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This 2002 Cartoon Is Eerily Similar To What Actually Happened When A Native American Met A Fan Wearing Redface

Cartoonist and writer Lalo Alcaraz talks to BuzzFeed about what he thought when he saw life imitate his art.

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"It took me about a day to really start tripping out on it," Alcaraz told BuzzFeed.

"At first I was like, 'Oh that's a crazy coincidence, then as I looked at more of the details, the angle of the hand, his headdress, I was like 'Gosh it's like aiming a rocket at Mars and hitting it,'" he said.

Alcaraz said the reason it struck a chord with people is because more than a decade later, the issue of sports teams using redface and insensitive mascots is still going strong.

"The sad part is I have a friend whose daughter is half-Navajo. She posted on Facebook that this cartoon makes her real sad but the photo makes her even sadder," Alcaraz said.

"I think the cartoon should make you mad, but the photo should make you madder. This was 12 years ago, and still, here we are."

Adrian Carrasquillo is the White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

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