Thursday, February 19, 2009

Gunplay, a Chimp & the Presidency

By William Loren Katz
February 19, 2009

On Feb. 18, New York Post published a cartoon of two policemen who have just slain the author of the economic stimulus package -- a chimpanzee who lies in a pool of blood. The paper's defense was that the cartoon was just good-hearted fun, no harm intended to the African-American President who devised and signed the package.

Read on.


Bill from Saginaw said...

The Post's defense of this racist cartoon included an effort to portray it as satire, claiming the monkey with four holes in his chest wasn't referring to Obama, but rather referred to Washington politicians who supported the stimulus bill generically. Also included in the editor's press release was an attack upon Al Sharpton, calling him a publicity seeking opportunist because he voiced objection to the imagery.

I fully agree that none of this is a laughing matter.

Bill from Saginaw

sanda said...

Two things:
I first saw racism, but did not immediately realize the implied assassination.

Despite knowing some of Tim Wise's work, I was surprised at the number of comments on "liberal" blogs who deny the racism in the cartoon. Tim Wise does antiwhite racism teaching.

I know William Loren Katz' work from WBAI for a long time.

This good historical look at this cartoon is appreciated.

Robert said...

Shooting down the writers of any legislation presented to any sitting president is tantamount to calling for the violent overthrow of the United States Government. Why are the paper and it's publisher not called to account for this? Oh yeah, power and money trump national security.