What were they thinking? Racist chic, according to some.
The illustrator was a Latino, Andres Guzman. Must've been drinking some of those sugar-laden Big Gulps banned by Mayor Bloomberg.
The cover stands out for its cast of black and Hispanic caricatures with exaggerated features reminiscent of early 20th century race cartoons. Also, because there are onlypeople of color in it, grabbing greedily for cash. It’s hard to imagine how this one made it through the editorial process.
Very good! Read Chittum's entire article.
"Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful." - Margaret Mead