Five Powerful Trayvon Martin Cartoons

As the Trayvon Martin case continues to unfold, a lot of unanswered questions remain about the tragic death of the Florida teenager. As a result, cartoonists have been fine-tuning their thoughts about the shooting. Everything from hoodies to skittles have entered the fray, as well as President Obama’s comment that if he had a son, he’d look like Trayvon (which our conservative cartoonist Gary McCoy mocked as politicizing the event).

I’ve shared my own cartoon and thoughts about the shooting, so I thought I’d post five powerful cartoons about Trayvon, drawn by the nation’s top cartoonists…

Taylor Jones / Cagle Cartoons (click to view more cartoons by Jones)
Rick McKee / Augusta Chronicle (click to view more cartoons by McKee)
R.J. Matson / St. Louis Post-Dispatch (click to view more cartoons by Matson)
Mr. Fish / (click to view more cartoons by Mr. Fish)
J.D. Crowe / Mobile Press-Register (click to view more cartoons by Crowe)

By Daryl Cagle

Daryl Cagle is the founder and owner of Cagle Cartoons, Inc. He is one of the most widely published editorial cartoonists and is also the editor of The Cagle Post.

12 replies on “Five Powerful Trayvon Martin Cartoons”

Obviously, the answer to all our problems is more guns….preferably fully automatic….and maybe some hand grenades…..perhaps personal nuclearr weapons is a bit far down the road though.

Why aren't we seeing similar media coverage regarding the 49 people in Chicago that were shot (10 died) over the St. Patrick's Day weekend?

When it's a black on black killing or black on white killing the biggest racist like Sharpton, Jackson, Farrakhan, "new" Black Panthas and Spike Lee are silent! Same with the Fraud-in-chief…speaks volumes!

There's a reason why stereotypes start……redundant behavior by noticeable percentages. We stereotype young black men with hoodies and baggy pants, used car salesmen, Wall Street execs, soccer moms, guys who drive Corvettes, men who wear Birkenstocks, women with visible cleavage, IT managers, etc. If people don't want to be stereotyped a certain way, evolve……….it's a real world.

OH YES, if only I could afford to have such an arsonal…ah, but sadly I can only have my SHOTGUN…but maybe when I need to defend myself…that will be sufficient…or maybe you will come and sit at the end of my driveway and PROTECT ME. Just in case there MIGHT be some bad people out there…but then of course there are no really BAD people they are just misunderstood officer Krupke…

I notice all of these FINE LIBERAL FOLKS are trying this case on the Internet without knowing all the facts…I remember a time when a person was to get a FAIR TRIAL and presumed innocent. I don't know any of the facts in this, but I am sure the man will have to stand TRIAL no matter what or at least a grand jury to decide what will be done. But it is not for ME TO DECIDE and I am not going to make MY GUN JUDGMENT based on something that happened in a street in Florida. I have a gun to protect MYSELF and no other reason.

The same "jump to a conclusion" attitude was taken in Nov 2008, and look where that got us.

No matter how you look at this incident, it is senseless and tragic and never should have happened. There's no evidence I know of to suggest that Trayvon was armed or intending to do anything criminal. The 911 operator instructed Zimmerman to back off and leave the matter to the police. If he had exercised good sense and done so the tragedy would have been averted. Instead there was a confrontation and a young man is dead. The police wanted to arrest and charge Zimmerman. If they had, the criminal justice would be working to get at the truth. Clearly something went terribly wrong, and we don't know exactly what happened and why.

I'm not a big fan of private citizens owning handguns, but I respect their right to do so with proper regulation and their right to protect themselves if attacked in their homes or businesses. But armed vigilantes patrolling streets with guns in peacetime, non-riot situations is another matter. That's what police are for.

As a female if an unknown male approaches me quickly or without warning any time of day regardless of race, size or age I would most likely consider that a threat. What constitues a threat can depend on the time of day or how fast a person approaches you. I am more likely to allow a female closer into my personal space but that is me.

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