This picture in an email from a Colorado state employee is promoting some unpleasant discussion. The picture was sent using the state's email.
As a political cartoon on an editorial page, such a picture might be acceptable, especially if promoting some element of a conservative agenda.
That the picture evokes an unpleasant time in our racially charged past is unfortunate. That someone would push that envelope is alarming, but not unexpected. We've seen a lot of racial ugliness in the time since the election of this president.
Frankly, these cartoons are cheap and unnecessary to make the intended point.
Should the 73 year old employee lose a job for it? No. That punishment does not match the offense, which is only the improper use of state email.