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I'm a huge fan of editorial cartoons.  I grew up on Herbert Block books my parents had lying around, and frankly an awful lot of what I remember from Nixon, Carter and Reagan probably came from those books.  This year for Christmas (yes, a liberal who celebrates Christmas because I am a Christian as is my spouse and kid) I got the Annual Review of Editorial Cartoons.  My RSS list has a few dozen feeds including Cagle.

Which is where I saw this racist cartoon from "two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist" Michael Ramirez.

I thought it was a pretty poor excuse for an editorial cartoon since it plays off the trillion dollar platinum coin with a non sequitur of poverty and, for some reason, a Native American on what looks like a buffalo nickel. It's neither funny nor particularly illuminating, two things I look for in a good editorial cartoon.

But when I saw "Indian Giver" on it I realized where Ramirez was going, and it was totally down the path to racism.  I'm guessing Daryl Cagle, who syndicates this cartoon, didn't look at it before offering it to other publications, or if he did had just woken up and hadn't had his coffee.

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