Reader Poll: Is the Sotomayor Cartoon Offensive?
Oh, what would Jim Lang think?
About seven weeks ago, the longtime cartoonist at The Oklahoman -- he was a fixture there for 58 years, retiring last fall -- died after an illness. Today, he just might be rolling over in his grave. Or not.
That's because this week, the Oklahoman ran an editorial cartoon by Chip Bok of Creators Syndicate (and who left the Akron Beacon Journal at the conclusion of last year's presidential election). The cartoon depicts Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor hanging from a tree like a piñata. Below her, President Obama, sporting a sombrero, asks stick-wielding GOP members of Congress "Now, who wants to be first?" (Why Bok is invoking Mexican metaphors for a woman of Puerto Rican descent, it's unclear to many.)
The cartoon has been called racist. The cartoon has been deemed sexist. And several women's groups have spoken out against the cartoon.
What do you think? You can register your vote below:
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| June 5, 2009; 3:30 PM ET
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