- - Thursday, November 19, 2015

Kentucky’s Lexington Herald-Leader published a political cartoon by Joel Pett that mocks Gov.-elect Matt Bevin for his position on Syrian refugees.

But Syria aside, the cartoon itself is tasteless and racist, depicting Bevin trembling in fear under his desk while an aide holds up photos of Bevin’s adopted children and states, “Sir, they’re not terrorists…they’re your own adopted kids!”

As a two-time resident of Kentucky, this is shameful and does not represent the Commonwealth well. Seeing how Bevin will become only the second Republican in forty years for Kentucky, some journalists (and cartoonists) might want to brush up on their lessons about propriety in reporting on politicians from the party they do not support.

And while they’re at it, they might want to read up about Kentucky Christians who adopt children. I personally know of dozens of families in the Commonwealth who have adopted kids from all over the world, and several who did so from Ethiopia. Treating such families as freak-show material warrants an apology.

The cartoon can be seen here.

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