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Obama, Trayvon Martin cartoon provokes ire

Political Cartoons by Glenn McCoy

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 a 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 Stephanie Eisner, a student involved with the University of Texas at Austin's The Daily Texan, was 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 remarks "disgraceful."

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The New York Post reported:

"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 him?'

"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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