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You Won't Believe UT's Daily Texan Trayvon Martin Cartoon (UPDATED)

It's no surprise that the Web sites for the University of Texas's Daily Texan and their cartoonist Stephanie Eisner are overloaded at the moment.

That's because an astonishing Eisner cartoon on the Trayvon Martin case is whipping `round the Web. Gawker, among others, has highlighted it.

Thanks to them, we're able to see the image, which has since been taken off the Texan site.

And, well...words fail. Way to go, Longhorns.

A mom is reading her child the endearing book Trayvon Martin and the Case of Yellow Journalism.

The book apparently includes this passage, and you can see the odd graphics highlighting choice words: "And then, the Big Bad White white man killed the handsome, sweet, innocent colored boy."

Oh my.

An explanation no doubt soon to come from the Texan, as soon as they stop being overwhelmed.

Update:The cartoon is back up with only this explanation: "Editor's note: This comic was temporarily taken down at 2:20 a.m. to alleviate web traffic and prevent the web site from crashing. It was republished at 4:50 p.m.."

Update II: The explanation from the Daily Longhorn editorial board:

A controversial editorial cartoon on the Trayvon Martin shooting was published Tuesday on the Opinion page of The Daily Texan. The Daily Texan Editorial Board recognizes the sensitive nature of the cartoon's subject matter.

The views expressed in the cartoon are not those of the editorial board. They are those of the artist. It is the policy of the editorial board to publish the views of our columnists and cartoonists, even if we disagree with them.

Update III: Eisner no longer works at the paper, and she has apologized.


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