Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Leaving it to the readers

There is a lot I can say about this cartoon, featured in the latest edition of the NY POST. Historically the most racist newspaper in NYC. But I'm going to leave it to you in the comment sections:



The Jaded NYer said...

well, since I know very little about the Post, I'll just comment about the cartoon.

I can see both sides:

1- they are saying the stimulus bill is so stupid that monkeys must have written it


2- they are calling the prez a monkey in a racist way

However, let me point out, as Devil's Advocate, that Bush was portrayed as a chimp/monkey in many political cartoons during his presidency. Are we being hyper-sensitive here? I'm not sure... just some food for thought for you...


Smarty Jones said...

Jaded has a point. As a journo- I wonder if this was done to boost single-copy sales for the day, but as an African American, I'm mad as hell.
I said a long time ago that we are going to have to get a thick skin about this shit, but I think the Post has gone to far.
Mainstream media spends a lot of time trying to be politically correct and what I have always loved about The Post is they've thrown that PC crap out of the window.
At the same time, when you stray from the confines of the PC world, you tend to offend a lot of folks. So, I'm kinda torn.

Keith said...

It's a racist post and a threatening one to boot....Remember how upset certain people got when NWA did that song
F@$k the Police?" years ago...I could use the same logic and get equally upset about this..Some nut could mistake this as a call to shoot the President..It all depends on how you look at it. I don't dig it.. The same cartoonist will be stuffing that extra $13.00 in his pockets and enjoying that tax break though..He won't be giving the money back.

Lorraine said...

I think Jade is right, and I think it can be seen from both ways.

But, if it could be seen as racist and there is a history of:

1. Comparing black people to primates

2. Cops shooting black men for no reason

Why the eff would you put that in a cartoon unless you just didn't give a shit that people were going to see it as racist?!

12kyle said...

Is it racist? Yes! Am I surprised??? No.

I wrote in a post after he won the Democratic Nomination that we must have thick skin when it comes to our president. It is what it is. I think we should be mindful of stuff like this. So when people say that there is not racism in this country, you can point to stuff like this

Wonder if this idiot made this with his hood on or off?

The Jaded NYer said...

Let me also add that the fact that Al Farton is the one spearheading the "This is Racist!" campaign against the cartoon is one of the reasons I refuse to call it out and out racist... that man... *sigh* I run away from anything he supports!

Keisha "Kitten" Isaacs said...

Hey Sistah!

Definitely appears we need thick skin as Kyle said...YES!!...can we get thicker skins...YES WE CAN!!!!

ShellyShell said...

I can see both sides but when I first saw it I saw it as racist! But with us living in NYC I think they were also bringing in the crazy Chimp killing in Connecticut! I don't think it was smart due to the fact that historically blacks have been called monkey etc and now that our President is black it's referring to him! This is one of the many reasons I hate the Post!

Dee said...

Playing Devil's advocate a bit, yes, 1) Bush was often referred to as a monkey. However, Bush did not write the stimulus bill, and the Republicans as a whole distanced themselves from it entirely. Yes, 2) a chimp attack happened this week, making any sort of chimp references somewhat relevant. However, the correlation that many people are making, that the stimulus bill is as out of control as the chimp who attacked, is tenuous at best. What is VERY clear is 3) the historic reference to black people as primates. So even if the author meant to impart in his picture the first 2 thoughts, the 3rd one definitely crossed his mind, and he knew exactly what he was doing when he drafted the picture. Simply put, if he did not intend to offend, he would have NOT created this "satire," the way he did, being fully aware of all the cultural references out there. He is very clever indeed in his offensiveness. I would even go so far as to say that this depiction should b considered a threat to the President.

Keith said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention..I hadn't heard about it
until I read your blog...I gave you a big shout out on my blog today for that..Would you give you a big hug if I was in New York...
Thanks for being on point.

Kofi Bofah said...

I was not feeling this cartoon.

Kofi Bofah said...

I was not feeling this cartoon.