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Is Sonia Sotomayor’s Ethnicity Fair Game for a Punchline?

Not only The Oklahoman‘s cartoon offensive, it’s wrong: Pinatas and sombreros are traditional among Mexican communities, not Puerto Rican. But if Supreme Court justice hopeful Sonia Sotomayor gets to talk about her ethnicity (as an asset or liability), does it give a political cartoonist the right to play on those stereotypes?

And because it’s the way we do things on this website, let’s flip the homo switch: If Obama had picked a gay court nominee, would you feel the same way if the cartoonist showed the person depicted in a hair salon with a limp wrist?