Trayvon Martin deserves Justice
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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