Editorial Cartoonist Thomas Nast: Anti-Irish, Anti-Catholic Bigot?
Biased. Disrespectful. Offensive. All sterling job qualifications for any good editorial cartoonist. But “racist”? Woah! Thomas Nast was the granddaddy of the American political cartoon. And having lived in New Jersey, he’s been nominated for induction into the state’s 2012 Hall of Fame. But last month, legislators of both political parties fought to take his name off the ballot. Caricature is oversimplification, a type of dehumanization for speedy communication. It’s also a