This very cartoon ran in yesterday’s New York Post and had turned the city inside out. The image refers to the morbid chimp attack that occured in CT, however the words of the police officers do not pertain to that at all.
Instead it incorporates the mention of the Stimulus Bill, which President Obama has ownership of and signed on Tuesday.
Unapologetic, obivous, blatant, racism.
Now granted, The Post is certainly the most janky of the big three New York Newspapers: The New York Times,
The Daily News,
…The Post- yes…it’s still considered a newspaper (in that order, it’s always the last choice, and the one that’s ‘left’ on the newsstands)
There is absolutely NO correlation between the two events, which only futhers the question of why this was even mentioned, let alone even published.
So it should come as no surprise that Civil Rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton spoke up about the offensive, disgusting drawing.
(Courtesy of CNN):
“The cartoon in today’s New York Post is troubling at best, given the racist attacks throughout history that have made African-Americans synonymous with monkeys…The Post should at least clarify what point they were trying to make in this cartoon, and reprimand their cartoonist for making inferences that are offensive and divisive at a time the nation struggles to come together to stabilize the economy if, in fact, this was yet another racially charged cartoon.”
Yet the author of the cartoon, Sean Delonas defended his scribblings via a phone call with CNN calling the allegations “absolutely friggin’ ridiculous.” Delonas went on to say:
“Do you really think I’m saying Obama should be shot? I didn’t see that in the cartoon, It’s about the economic stimulus bill. If you’re going to make that about anybody, it would be [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi, which it’s not.”
That Sean Delonas really must have lost his damn mind if he thinks this is not offensive, racist, or not saying anything about Barack.
The editor-in-cheif, Col (stupid name, what is a ‘Col’) Allan not only defends this mess but attacks Sharpton. According to Allan:
(Courtesy of The Huffington Post):
“The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.”
A publicity opportunist?? Because he spoke out against something utterly absurd??
Unbeleivable. Either he is reeealllly ignorant or reaaaaaallllly smart. I choose the latter. Col Allan knows exactly what this cartoon means.
He knows the infrenece of what it is expressing.
He also knows the history even dating pre-civil war of the African Americans being referred to as chimps and apes.
He definitely knows the jagged-rock relationship between African Americans and the police
And he damn sure knows this was aimed at Obama.
Not to mention… he just doesn’t care.
Rightfully so, a tad bit later on this morning, Sharpton, alongside The National Action Network, The National Association of Black Journalists, (NABJ) along with others are going to protest the NY Post.
We’ve gotta do something. This is unacceptable by every means.
And it’s Black History Month.