Posted by: ReyMac
I hate giving bushlit like this precious time from my day, especially my birthday. But my son is a black man in America. My daughter is a black woman in America. And stuff like this on the front page is why “I laugh, and eat well and grow strong.” I understand why the white man who drew this thinks its not racist. He’s simply connecting two current events in a humorous way, right? Wrong.
Stereotypes of black men and monkeys are centuries old. For more recent prejudices, check the original Tarzan the Ape Man movie. The black man in charge of the stimulus bill is Barack Obama. I’m going slow here for the uninitiated. Whether you agree with the stimulus bill or not, believe it was written by a group of monkeys banging on a typewriter or not, it is “now the defining act of Barack Obama’s infant presidency.” Drawing two white men shooting a monkey who is equated with the black president through the white men’s words and ideas is racist.
You don’t have to like it. But that’s what it is.
I don’t blame the cartoonist. His job is to make stuff up, put pieces together to get a reaction. I do blame the editor for poor judgement. While controversy sells papers, this type leads to boycotts and drops in sales. And for other people to simply write it off as “Al Sharpton crying foul” misses the larger point.