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Obama, Trayvon Martin cartoon provokes ire
By Robert "Rob" Redding Jr.
Editor & Publisher
ATLANTA, April 2,
2012, 11:30 p.m.
- A syndicated columnist
today has come under fire for portraying President Obama as a track
runner who literally crossed the line on the Trayvon Martin case.
The work of
conservative cartoonist Glen McCoy
has been assailed by at least one NapaValleyRegister.com reader, in
letter to the editor.
"I am incensed, appalled and saddened by the
political cartoon (Glenn McCoy, March 26)
you chose for (Monday’s) paper," E. Betsy Michaud wrote. "I am
appalled by the cartoonist’s view that our president is pictured as
a black track runner who is trying to draw attention to himself by
running over Trayvon’s body as he breaks the ‘police
investigation-do not cross’ lines, in front of photographers (whose
arms and faces are all white), and holding his 'I’m Number One'
fingers in the air, as many track ‘winners’ do."
The McCoy cartoon comes as cartoonist
a student involved with the University of Texas at Austin's The Daily Texan,
fired last week for calling Martin an "innocent colored boy."
Another cartoon, that also did not include Obama, made a few
students at the University of North Carolina
march on campus last week. That cartoon featured George
Zimmerman over a dead Martin. The caption: “This wasn’t about race.
I shot because I felt threatened… Skittles are full of high
fructose corn syrup.”
Obama said a few weeks ago
"If I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon."
McCoy is not the only person to call Obama's remarks
inappropriate. Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich called Obama's
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The New York Post
"Gingrich, speaking Friday on FOX News called Obama's
statement 'disgraceful,' adding, 'Is the president suggesting that, if it had
been a white who'd been shot, that would be OK, because it wouldn't look like
"On Sunday, Plouffe called Gingrich's comments 'reprehensible'
in an appearance on ABC's 'This Week.'
"Plouffe then took a deeper jab at the former House speaker.
'Speaker Gingrich is clearly in the last throes of his political career,' he
said. 'You can make a decision whether to go out with some shred of dignity or
say these irresponsible, reckless things, and he's clearly chosen the latter
path, and that's unfortunate for the country."
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