Daily Texan editors respond to Trayvon Martin cartoon controversy

The Daily Texan editorial board says:

A controversial editorial cartoon on the Trayvon Martin shooting was published Tuesday on the Opinion page of The Daily Texan. The Daily Texan Editorial Board recognizes the sensitive nature of the cartoon’s subject matter.

The views expressed in the cartoon are not those of the editorial board. They are those of the artist. It is the policy of the editorial board to publish the views of our columnists and cartoonists, even if we disagree with them.

* A statement from the editorial board about Tuesday’s cartoon

The Digital Texan asks: Did the Daily Texan pull its Trayvon Martin cartoon off its site?

Yes it did — and the paper explains:

Editor’s note: This comic was temporarily taken down at 2:20 p.m. to alleviate web traffic and prevent the web site from crashing. It was republished at 4:50 p.m.

Blame Gawker?

* Check out the portfolio of Stephanie Eisner, who drew the cartoon



  1. Jim,
    It’s important to point out that The Daily Texan is a student-run enterprise of the University of Texas at Austin.

    This is why we have college newspapers, so when these student-editors become actual editors, they’ll think twice before publishing things like this. It’s working exactly how it’s supposed to, bad taste notwithstanding.

  2. The cartoon is an insight (offensive as it may be to some) that isn’t far from the truth.

    That said, the shooting/killing needs to be addressed by authorities as any killing of human life should be.

    The stasis is what irritates, not cartoons.

    Rich Reynolds
    Fort Wayne MediaWatch

  3. Mark said:

    Good journalism is like art. It gets people talking.

  4. Dan Mitchell said:

    The whole reason this became an issue is that “authorities” DIDN’T address it. Why are people insistently forgetting that this is the core complaint?