18 February 2009

Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp Isn't Happy

OK, so The Post is being accused of racism due to a cartoon they ran today which compared the Obama administration to that of a mad chimpanzee.

In the cartoon, drawn by Sean Delonas, a regular Post cartoonist, two officers are staring gloomily at the blood spattered chimp's corpse after one of them has shot it. Linking two current news stories – controversy over Obama's economic stimulus proposals and Connecticut cops having to shoot dead a celeb pet chimp that went berserk and mauled a woman.

"They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill," says the other officer.

Naturally, the cartoon drew immediate criticism from the famous layabout, race baiting Al Sharpton.

In a statement, Sharpton said the cartoon was "troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys".

Synonymous?! Speak for yourself, Al. Blacks are not synonymous with monkeys. I never said that, I don't think that, the cartoon didn't make me think that and so do me a favor and don't put words in my mouth.

This is yet another case of racism in the mind of the beholder. I saw the cartoon and thought to myself the Post was implying the stimulus bill had been written by a bunch of chimps as in a zoo full of laughing, jumping, crazy monkeys. I never thought the chimp was actually supposed to be Barack Obama!

Come on, people. Racism continues to exist because of self-fulfilling shit like this.

I am not claiming self-righteousness. I'm not above off-color humor or bad jokes but I don't think I'm alone when I say I never even thought that way about the cartoon until I heard the news story and heard Sharpton screaming about it and I think THAT is the real issue here.