Strom Thurmond's daughter: a few good cartoons
(OK, I know I'm a bit behind on this, but bear with me, I had pneumonia). Most of the cartoons about the (gasp) revelation that segregationist Senator Strom was the father of a black daughter, Essie Mae Washington-Williams, said little more than Strom=hypocrite. Few journalists went near the r word (though the young black woman in question was 16 at the time and working as a maid in Thurmond's house)--but the Boondocks doesn't shy away. After all, this was a time in the South when black women had little to no protection from white male desire, while a black man who allegedly so much as glanced at a white woman could find himself hanging from the nearest tree branch--as Jeff Danziger so eloquently reminds us.