Politcal Caricatures Of Obama, 'Birther Movement' Hint Of Racism

Apr 27, 2011

Today, President Barack Obama released the long-form of his birth certificate proving he is a U-S citizen. Questions over the President's citizenship have provided fuel for his critics giving rise to the so-called birther movement. Recently, a doctored photo raised questions about President Obama's citizenship. It also drew fire as being racist. Host Michel Martin speaks with Stephen Hess, author of American Political Cartoons, 1754-2010: The Evolution of a National Identity and Mike Luckovich, editorial cartoonist for the Atlanta Journal Constitution about the history of politically incorrect cartoons, and about whether cartoons depicting President Obama are under particular scrutiny because he is African American.