This editorial cartoon was in Tuesday’s edition of the Oklahoman. As you can see, the image depicts Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as a piñata. Seriously.

Sotomayor, if confirmed, will be the first Latina woman to serve on the Supreme Court. As I mentioned last week, her nomination has been met with much criticism by the GOP.

What do you think of the cartoon? Is it a statement about how Republicans plan to berate her at her confirmation hearing or is the image an example of blatant racism?



  1. I’m all for pushing the envelope, but that’s a bit much.

  2. can I say both? I think the intention is obviously the former but the fact that someone thought that hispanic/latina = pinata shows some ingrained racism. Its a joke that ‘makes sense’ only if you come at it from the angle of reducing a person (and entire ethnic group) down to a festive party item.

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