To the editors:

The standards of the Reader were lowered by the publication of the pornographic, racist, and sexist depiction of the honorable Alderman Dorothy Tillman [December 20]. That cartoon goes far beyond political humor.

It circulates the fallacious rumor that she was brandishing a weapon where factual evidence proves the contrary. This cartoon is a page from 18th and 19th century literature where racism was on display in stereotypical characterization of African features. Resorting to a pikaninny portrayal of an African American woman is remiss of creativity as well as good taste.

The cartoon is an insult to all women. It is employment of the most blatant chauvinistic tactics by attacking beneath the clothes rather than encountering a powerful mind.

Peggy Ann Griffin