14 comments on “Fiesta Supreme…?

  1. It think it’s a stark depiction of what Obama is doing with Sotomayor nomination. He pushed her race, gender and upbringing to the forefront and then essentially dared the GOP to resist her nomination, knowing that the Media would see it – or at least portry it – as a racist and sexist attack.

    It’s rather hard to depict an offensive topic without giving offense with the depiction.

  2. @ Jonolan: I don’t think Obama’s nomination was as much of a double dog dare for the Republicans to attack as it was an effort to simply pointing out the obvious about Sotomayor. I mean, the lady really IS fierce. She brings a lot to the table that may not have otherwise been considered. I actually appreciate Obama’s willingness to open up more to minorities who have been otherwise silenced in Washington.

    But I do think you’re correct in pointing out the dilemma the GOP is in. How can they critically examine Sotomayor based on her qualifications without being painted as racists/sexists (that is, assuming they’d be equally as critical if the nominee was an old, white Republican-type like them)?

  3. “that is, assuming they’d be equally as critical if the nominee was an old, white Republican-type like them”

    That’s the point. They would not be equally critical. If Obama’s nominee was had Sotomayor’s credentials, but it was a white, male Republican, this would not be an issue. But on the other side of the coin, if a person like Clarence Thomas was a Democrat, the Dems would have gone much easier on him. These confirmations are never truly about qualifications.

    To address your post, I’m also hesitant to cry racism, but that doesn’t mean these cartoonists should not exercise racial sensibility. Whatever message he is trying to make in this strip was lost in the racial insensitivity in my humble opinion.

    • @ Kenya: “But on the other side of the coin, if a person like Clarence Thomas was a Democrat, the Dems would have gone much easier on him.

      No argument there. Partisanship is a mofo.

  4. O.K. Dre, here it comes……..wait for it………waitforit………..I totally agree with everything in this post and don’t think it was racism as much as insensitivity. (H.C. finally becomes agreeable, Hurrah!)

    • HC,

      H.C. finally becomes agreeable, Hurrah!

      No shame in joining the good guys, Hip Con. The water’s cleaner over here, the sun shines a little brighter, and there are far less tension headaches.

    • The Flaming Lips are from Oklahoma…& they’re all sorts of awesome!

      Remember, it was Iowa, of all places, where “Yes, we can!” first began to mean something.

      -n

  5. Political cartoons such as this aren’t intended to be knee-slappers as much as they are witty commentaries, so let’s not pretend this came from “Family Circus“. Still, whether or not this this cartoon has more of a point than that of it’s NY Post counterpart or not, it’s hard to defend as I can’t say for certain that I wouldn’t be offended had I been born Latino.

    -n

    • Political cartoons such as this aren’t intended to be knee-slappers as much as they are witty commentaries…

      Honestly, it was neither. I agree that most editorials are – at best – chuckle worthy. But where they’re short on humor, they make up in wit. But this strip was intellectually lazy. A Latino main character? Let’s use a pinata. Egh.

  6. I see racial insensitivity as a form of racism, perhaps a reform that is more easily rectified, but racist all the same.

    I get the point that the cartoonist was making (more so than with that chimp cartoon… really random to me). But it’s in really poor taste and as you noted with the WRONG cultural references with regards to Judge Sotomayor’s cultural background. If she had even been a white from a certain part of the country or of a distinct European heritage, the nuance would have been noted. Way to paint all Latinos with the same brush, in this case I guess, literally.

  7. I see racial insensitivity as a form of racism, perhaps a form that is more easily rectified, but racist all the same.

    I get the point that the cartoonist was making (more so than with that chimp cartoon… really random to me). But it’s in really poor taste and as you noted with the WRONG cultural references with regards to Judge Sotomayor’s cultural background. If she had even been a white from a certain part of the country or of a distinct European heritage, the nuance would have been noted. Way to paint all Latinos with the same brush, in this case I guess, literally.

    • This pernicious term, “racial insensitivity” is nothing more or less than a refusal to kowtow to the victimology of the racialists – racist by another name. It should be lauded, not derided, by all right-thinking humans.

      • What you would call “victimology of the racialists”, I would call a legitimate reason for racial and ethnic minorities to be incensed. When I first examined this strip, what immediately came to mind was whether or not the ultimate point the cartoonist was trying to convey could have been communicated without the ethnically-charged references. Since it could have but wasn’t, one is left to believe that he was either deliberately being racist or he submitted this strip unware of how it would be received. Since I’m rolling with the latter (giving the guy the benefit of the doubt), I’m assuming racial insensitivity. Either way, there is nothing about this strip that should be “lauded.”

        It should noted that racial insensitivity is NOT analogous to racism itself.

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