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Racially Insensitive Photo or Oversensitive Response?

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Professional basketball player LeBron James made history this month, as the first black man to ever appear on the cover of Vogue magazine.

But the fanfare was short-lived. Some say the Annie Leibovitz photo, showing LeBron in a gorilla-like/King Kong pose plays on racial stereotypes.

ESPN.com writer and News & Notes sports roundtable regular Jemele Hill said the photo is "memorable for the wrong reasons." She adds:

"Vogue deserves criticism, but more blame should go to LeBron and other black athletes, who need to exercise stricter control of their images. If LeBron is brave enough to wear a Yankees cap at an Indians playoff game, picking up a history book and educating himself shouldn't cause a strain."

Tell us what you think. Then, take a poll over at AOL Black Voices.

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