Comment of the Day: UT's Trayvon Martin Cartoon

We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them.

So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even.

This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involving wit, clarity and whatever else we feel like at the moment.

We wrote about a cartoon in the UT Daily Longhorn that addressed the Trayvon Martin case (somehow) by referring to him as "a colored boy."

One reader said it was "a commentary on the filtering by the press" on the case and said President Obama should not have given "AA's another reason to boil their angst."

Which brought a response.

Rhea wrote:

As a communications major myself, the "commentary on filtering by the press" is in fact NOT lost on me. Anyone not understanding of terms like "yellow journalism" or its historical context wouldn't even understand the cartoon. THAT is not why this cartoon is an outrage. People like YOU who don't understand why this cartoon is offensive are the ignorant people I speak. The newspapers attempt at being satirical is done so in a disgustingly distasteful way; it makes light of his death and throws around a racial slur like "colored boy."

And that "political" move you accuse the President of making did nothing to African American's that was not already there and understood. And you don't have to worry, he already has the black vote

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