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Shocker: Sotomayor Cartoon Called Racist

From those champions of a color-blind society at the Associated Press:

Cartoon of Sotomayor as pinata draws criticism

By RICHARD GREEN

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some Hispanics and advocates for women are criticizing an editorial cartoon that depicts Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as a strung-up pinata that President Barack Obama is inviting Republicans to whack.

The cartoon by Chip Bok of Creators Syndicate ran in The Oklahoman on Tuesday…

Jean Warner, chair of the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition, said there was nothing funny about the image.

"Here’s a woman wearing a judge’s robes and she’s about to get the crap beaten out of her because she has the audacity to think she can sit on the Supreme Court," Warner said. "But most young girls who look at the cartoon, don’t even understand that. They just see guys with sticks about to hit a woman."

Rossana Rosado, publisher and chief executive officer of El Diario La Prensa in New York, also said the cartoon was offensive.

"On first view you just see her hanging by a rope and that’s a very disturbing image," she said. "It’s offensive mostly because it’s not funny. It’s supposed to be satirical and humorous and it simply isn’t funny."

Bok said the cartoon was "an utter exaggeration of the cultural theme. She has used her Latinaness stereotypically as an asset in her effort for the nomination to go through. So I turned it around and tried to exaggerate the cultural part of it. It’s part of the mockery of the cartoon, part of the joke."

Ed Kelley, editor of The Oklahoman, said the cartoon was reviewed before publication and found to be a good cartoon on a subject that will continue to be in the news.

"Our take on the cartoon is that the president basically is daring Republicans to criticize his Supreme Court nominee and the Republicans are huddled up and semi-terrified and worried about how they are going to respond," he said…

"If we would have thought for a minute that it was racist we would clearly not have used it." …

It never ends.

And no wonder, with such a flourishing race grievance industry to keep things bubbling.

By the way, what race are Puerto Ricans again?

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 6th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

30 Responses to “Shocker: Sotomayor Cartoon Called Racist”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Gimme that stick. I’ll knock it out of the hood!
    What do you wanna bet when it breaks….it is empty.

  2. caligirl9 says:

    Come on, we all know it’s not PC to create a political cartoon/caricature that features anything less than a white male. Preferably a Bush. Clinton is sometimes acceptable. The current diarrhea-of-the-mouth-and-mind VP is fair game. TOTUS is never acceptable. Members of LaRaza are sacred.

  3. proreason says:

    “such a flourishing race grievance industry”

    Gee, I wonder why such an industry flourishes. After all, minotities receive hundreds of billions of dollars annually in transfer payments. Affirmative action insures that they get job preferences and get into the best colleges. They can say anything they want about whites, but whites are rigidly forbidden from free speech about them. They even have congressional districts based on Rorschach ink-blots to make sure they are over-represented in the legislatures. Now they have one of their own as the racist-in-chief.

    It’s almost as if something other than the situation-on-the-ground is fueling this grievance industry, all of which somehow gets radical politicians voted into office.

    What couldit be?

  4. TwilightZoned says:

    “Bok said the cartoon was “an utter exaggeration of the cultural theme. She has used her Latinaness stereotypically as an asset in her effort for the nomination to go through.”

    Anyone with half a brain in their head knows this is true and frankly it’s nice to see someone associated with the press openly acknowledge it. And true to democrapic strategy, they pulled out the race card.

    “Our take on the cartoon is that the president basically is daring Republicans to criticize his Supreme Court nominee and the Republicans are huddled up and semi-terrified and worried about how they are going to respond,” he said…

    Again, this is exactly what is happening and it’s nice someone is admitting it.

  5. canary says:

    LiberalsDemise, look closely below the pinata. It’s not candy, must be b.s.

    To me the cartoon is about Obama’s campaign and presidency. The Republicans too afraid to say anything, knowing Obombi, will use race card.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Absolutely canary!!
      The GOP for the better part are a group of spineless jellyfish and Barrys’ Negro half is going to put out the race card. Sending the Republicans to the corner sucking their thumbs!

  6. aprilnovember811 says:

    Ignore them, they cry race if you say boo to them. They use that to try to make people feel guilty, that way they feel they can keep public scrutiny off of themselves. If they don’t have a thick enough skin to be in the public life, they need to get out. She reminds me of Roseanne Barr, I’m offended just looking at her.

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Oh c’mon….not like it’s a shot-to-death monkey or anything.

  8. Odie44 says:

    “Here’s a woman wearing a judge’s robes and she’s about to get the crap beaten out of her because she has the audacity to think she can sit on the Supreme Court,” Warner said. “But most young girls who look at the cartoon, don’t even understand that. They just see guys with sticks about to hit a woman.”

    Yeah, many, many young girls are pouring through The Oklahoman cartoon section each day…

    Once again – can people at least lie a bit better when making obsurd comments? Any “woman’s group” lost respect and credibility years ago as liberal hacks.

    Next up: race baiters.

    As I have said a few times – post Obama (hell 2010 at this pace) will mark the demise of “racial harmony” in America. The damage they are doing to their own is… well consistent.

    • jobeth says:

      “Yeah, many, many young girls are pouring through The Oklahoman cartoon section each day…”

      No chance of that problem. The lib state run school system has dumbed today’s kids down so much I doubt they recognize anyone in that cartoon except the ” oh so “cute” celeb prez”

    • JohnMG says:

      ….”post Obama (hell 2010 at this pace) will mark the demise of “racial harmony”

      I didn’t have to wait that long. The ’08 presidential campaign did it for me. From now on, Van Diver’s quote says it all for me; ……”I’m from Missouri–you’ve gotta show me.”

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Did the Girl Scouts and Brownies stop scouring the political pages and cartoons now, too?

      Oh no! What’s the world coming to? No more cookies for me.

  9. curvyred says:

    I am more offended by the false implication that Republicans are just going to bash SotoBaitor without merit – that is offensive – but the cartoon is really stupid and I bet it was a liberal who drew it.

    • proreason says:

      The cartoon is unquestionably drawn by a liberal.

      It’s a cartoon IN DEFENSE OF Red Sonia.

      They are eating their own.

  10. I have to say.. Personally I think the cartoon is brilliant. It is a nearly perfect representation of the set up of Republicans.. IF they allow themselves to be staged in such a way.

    From the beginning I have indicated my suspicion that Sotomayer was never expected to make it to the seat by Obama. It is more likely an attempt to get the Republicans to blow a crap load of disagreement early on.

    If they are courageous enough to ignore the calls of perpetual partisanship (which to me is just fine) The Rs can successfully deny this would be constitution shredder a seat in the final say of the land.

    • neocon mom says:

      So you think Sotomayor was a bluff or a set-up? Interesting theory, but seeing that the Dems are super-conscious of identity politics and want to clench the “Hispanic” vote, and also seeing that Bamster sees the Constitution as something that stands in his hopeychanging way, I think Sotomayor would be perfect. Libs don’t pay any attention to SCOTUS decisions in any meaningful way, they just care about the idea of Roe v. Wade being overturned, the rest of it is just white noise to them.
      Even if they ignore the calls against perpetual partisanship (and it’s only partisanship when Repubs vote counter to the ‘Crats) they still don’t have enough votes to deny her. It’s up to us pressuring our Democrat Senators. Slim chance of Bill Nelson voting against her here in FL due to ID politics and demographics. Racism, the Ricci case and the 2nd Amendment are the issues to keep pressing (when you see the “racist” line of attack attacked, you know it’s because it’s effective and true.) I think this will be the first SCOTUS nomination in a long time where the Roe v. Wade question is not paramount.

  11. bronzeprofessor says:

    I agree with Jason GIllman that the cartoon is brilliant. The cartoonist sees the complicated chess game that Obama is playing. There are many other Latinos judges who could have been nominated, ,but he chose one that was going to be divisive. He wants to peel away the 30% of Latinos who voted for McCain, by baiting the Republicans into saying something offensive.

    The best way to proceed is for Republicans to play all this against Obama in 2010, by using the words of Democrats like Schumer against them — They made it so obvious that they were using Sotomayor as a trap for Republicans, In the end the Dems are making a lot of insulting assumptions about Hispanics and using Sotomayor like a pinata, the way the cartoonist captured it. So the cartoonist is brilliant. The people who are screaming racism are sensitive that their Obama was exposed.

    • catie says:

      Hey Mr. Prof, how is the Army?

    • jobeth says:

      bronze..I agree with your explaination of the cartoon. Makes perfect sense the way you explained it.

      But my question would be, asuming this to be a lib cartoonist…wouldn’t he rather not bring this to the attention of those of us who are not liberal? What’s his reason in exposing the “game plan”.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Well is it perhaps that great point you make that’s at the root of this whole thing? The real problem the AP (if not the advocates) has with this cartoon is that Obabbles (or Teleprompter Precedent as we know Him) is being portrayed as the puppet master! He’s the one that’s extorting the racial issue, and the cartoon’s exactly right and you’re exactly right – this whole nomination was a political trap because that’s the only way he works! If it were Bush in that sombrero and a bunch of donkeys lining up to whack the pinata, this cartoon wouldn’t be racist for it’s cultural reference – it’d be racist because people would be thinking Bush is politicizing the race issue to try and hide a bad judge!

  12. canary says:

    The Daily Oklahoman is an extremely liberal fluff newspaper.

  13. VMAN says:

    Just like the feminists there are some minorities that just can’t take it!!! The Feminists wanted to play with the big boys but the second some man looks at a woman’s butt or make an inappropriate comment they run away screaming and whining. In the same way some of these minority libtards can’t take it. Someone says something or does something that they deem inappropriate and they piss and moan like children. Hey Sotermire get over yourself and your self proclaimed minority you’re playing with the big boys. Grow a set or get out.

  14. JohnMG says:

    The cartoon merely highlights the gauntlet thrown down in front of the Republicans by Obama. “Go ahead, make my day.” Nothing short of a calculated taunt. And guess what? It’s gonna work, too!

  15. DAVID5300 says:

    Funny I do not see GUYS holding sticks I see ELEPHANTS.
    If Jean Warner is so conserned about the nominee why not look at the person who put her in this position, namely BHO and herself.
    Where was she during the Bork and Thomas hearings?

  16. xuenbaookufn says:

    Those are transgender elephants! The democrats are against gay marriage, but calling them racist is just mean.

  17. chloe130 says:

    This is not really relevent to the discussion, but I have to say that this cartoon made me laugh before I read the speech bubble because it reminds me of the “Summer pinata” in the movie Napoleon Dynamite.


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