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August 8, 2009

Sotomayor Confirmed: Hip-Hop Hooray!


Sometimes a wall is just a wall and a wave is just a wave. Still, I had some questions about yesterday’s NYT front page pic.

Specifically, I’m wondering how much cultural and racial loading there is in juxtaposing America’s first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice with a tag spray-painted on the wall outside her apartment building while also capturing her wave so it looks like a hip-hop gesture?

(Props: Pete Martin)

(image: Robert Stolarik for The New York Times. Story.)

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