Trayvon Martin deserves Justice
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Trayvon Martin deserves Justice

    1. Snehal Shingavi
    2. Petition by

      Snehal Shingavi

      Austin, TX

We, the undersigned members of the UT community and other concerned voices, are shocked and dismayed by the decision of the editorial staff at the Daily Texan to publish a racist editorial cartoon by Stephanie Eisner in its March 27, 2012 edition.  Not only does the cartoon trivialize a brutal murder of a young African-American man, but it relies on tropes of white victimhood in the face of aggressive, Black violence and depicts Trayvon Martin not as the victim, but mistakenly as a cynical tool in the "yellow journalism" of the corporate media.  We are further dismayed that the cartoon replicates nineteenth century notions of white women under threat from Black men, while at the same time perpetuating the false notion that accounts of anti-Black racism are merely tall tales or bedtime stories.  We demand that the Daily Texan apologize publicly and that it immediately censure Stephanie Eisner by refusing to print any of her cartoons again.  We also demand that the Daily Texan open up its editorial pages for one week for a discussion of the history of anti-black violence and racism at UT and allow students and faculty from the Warfield Center to serve as guest editors.  As a part of that discussion we invite the editorial staff and the cartoonist to explain their rationale in producing and printing the cartoon and to explain what they believe the cartoon's message is with specific reference to the role of race and the media in the Trayvon Martin murder.

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    • Veronica DeLuze FOREST, VA
      • over 2 years ago

      This is an injustice so enormous that it should never be forgotten!!

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    • Aaron Korkowski PARKERS PRAIRIE, MN
      • over 2 years ago

      Trayvon was trying to defend himself. The 911 call proved that Trayvon was minding his own business and was being stalked by Zimmerman. Zimmerman needs to be behind bars!! What happened to LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR All?

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    • Edward Vergara MONTREAL, CANADA
      • over 2 years ago

      Freedom of speach is definitely a cherished commodity, and should not be over looked, but there is a limit to hatred. Racially driven content such as the comic in the Texan has no validity in circulation. Hatred is and will not be tolerated.

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    • Carol Walker STOCKTON, CA
      • over 2 years ago

      eisner is sick. I am white but my grandbaby is the same color as trayvon. does this mean zimmerman can follow him and shoot him for having a bag of skittles and some ice tea? Screw her. good job firing this sick person.

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    • Alisa Semiens AUSTIN, TX
      • over 2 years ago

      A young man's life was ended because of another man's prejudice and ignorance, I have a problem with that. Trayvon deserves justice and he WILL recieve it! -Alisa Semiens

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