Is TNR’s Chris Christie Illustration Racist?

article_inset_macgillis_1The New Republic has a big story out, examining the patterns of questionable behavior by Chris Christie during his career, and a conservative website is taking exception to the illustration that covers it. The illustration, at left, is apparently racist.

The Blaze comments:

The illustration shows Christie retrieving a newspaper outside an impressive home wearing boxers, an open bathrobe and a gold chain around his neck.

There is something overtly Italian-American stereotypical about it, markedly a reference to fictional crime boss Tony Soprano.

“Christie is half Sicilian,” remarked one person on Twitter who saw the image. “If someone portrayed a black politician as a gangsta I know exactly how The New Republic would react.”

Christie is, indeed, half Sicilian, coming from his mother’s side.

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