So... here I was, assiduously avoiding the contentious skin-lightener thread at Prometheus 6 (and elsewhere, thanks to Sammy Sosa), not because of the topic itself-- my mom was a beautician back before they were hair stylists, and you can't scare me with the subject matter-- but because of the fact that P6 had to activate his devoweler (q.v.) just to keep the situation under control in the comments.
And dang if the topic didn't come in the side door via the Robertson/Haiti/pact with the Devil fiasco (which I first read about over at JJP). Tom Meyer, who is actually one of my favorite living editorial cartoonists, included the Robertson moment in his latest cartoon, but failed to capture the, er, essence of 700 Club faithful sidekick Kristi Watts:
The depiction looks more like a side view of journalist and frequent Nation columnist Naomi Klein than Kristi Watts, if you ask me. Wha' hoppen? Why did Kristi's skin fade from minority status in the artist's conception? Meyer is darned good, but I don't think he's subtly suggesting she might as well be white from her reaction to Robertson's blather. What do you think?