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The NY Post Cartoon Fails

The NY Post Cartoon Fails

By now you have seen the infamous cartoon published by the New York Post — the one where upon having shot a rabid chimp, a policeman comments, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” Apparently it was a reference to the recent case of the woman in Connecticut who was attacked by a chimp. It has sparked an outcry among people such as Al Sharpton, accusing the cartoonist of racism.

At best, the cartoon may be suggesting that the stimulus was so poorly written that it could have been done by a monkey. However, the image of a chimp associated with the first African American President’s stimulus plan references the tired and ugly stereotype of blacks being closely related to monkeys. Not to mention that the violence brings to mind police brutality, which is still too common in the black community. (See Oscar Grant)

Apparently the author has a history of producing tasteless cartoons, and while one response could be to sigh and continue on with the day, or brush it off and declare people  too sensitive, another response could be to have a conversation about the matter.

First off, I am definitely for free speech. Criticism and debate is vital in a democracy, and no party or institution should be off limits. But there is also the question of taste. If a prominent leader was depicted as decapitated, there would surely be outrage. This cartoon similarly shows disregard for an African American male life Whether the racist inferences were intentional or not, they are still there and still continue to perpetuate damaging ideas within society. Ultimately the cartoon fails to deliver any real satire or witty insight into the stimulus package.

If you would like for the cartoonist Sean Delonas and the New York Post to issue an apology for the cartoon, please sign the citizen petition.

 

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4:44PM PDT on Mar 12, 2009

It should read pass or present member who cares, I don't... The point is that he/ she is correct I completely agree with what you are saying Pass member... And you Marion Y just proved the point by asking something stupid like why they are a past member was it because they was fighting to much with other members... Instead of keeping to the subject at hand..

4:33PM PDT on Mar 12, 2009

I give up! Seriously. This constant race baiting & insanity beloved by Al Sharpton & his cronies, so long as it's an injury or insult (or perceived one) to the "blacks" / "African-Americans" that is whipped into a froth & milked for all the attention it can garner for the good ol' Reverend! As long as everyone is going to keep dividing themselves by whatever means they can come up with, be it race, color, creed, religious belief, sex, etc., this world will never know peace & harmony. I am fed up with the insanity & wish to point out that "hate crimes" are only recognized as being so when it's white/caucasian on _____insert minority here. When laws are passed, they should be equal for all! Keep stirring the pot of ugliness & division, keep getting misdirected from things that should be considered more important or worthy of your attention by the media so that you miss the things that are meant to keep society at each others' throats. It's this sort of ridiculousness that has made me rethink my political beliefs & has taught me to never trust the mainstream media. It's a shame that so many people would rather fight each other instead of taking those who wrong us as a society to task. There's more to be seen than black & white, but I know so many of you like to squabble over inane things that will not benefit anyone, so keep at it & refuse to see the forest for the trees, the government likes it better that way...
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2:56PM PDT on Mar 11, 2009

I don't want cartoonist Sean Delonas and the New York Post to issue an apology for the cartoon, I want to see a national boycott big enough to put them out of business. But some one will say "Oh then you don't believe in freedom of speech or the press!" I certainly do! I also beleive in the public's right not to support anyone who trafficks in this kind of trash.

5:35PM PST on Mar 1, 2009

Dear Past Member-
It is true there are those who only survive as media darlings. It's those people who you have to ignore, not main stream media. If it wasn't for main stream media, our country would be in the midst of political corruption. The worst scenerio was during the Nixon administration. This past administration was corrupt also as they were, also; power hungry. But that's for another debate. To claim there isn't more than one America is extremely naive and it's like putting one's head in the sand. There is a recent report that America's African-American kids are less educated than the third world countries. Isn't that enough of a wake up call to find out what's going on?

2:48PM PST on Mar 1, 2009

And...

Why are you a past member? Too much fighting with other members?

1:54PM PST on Mar 1, 2009

I give up! Seriously. This constant race baiting & insanity beloved by Al Sharpton & his cronies, so long as it's an injury or insult (or perceived one) to the "blacks" / "African-Americans" that is whipped into a froth & milked for all the attention it can garner for the good ol' Reverend! As long as everyone is going to keep dividing themselves by whatever means they can come up with, be it race, color, creed, religious belief, sex, etc., this world will never know peace & harmony. I am fed up with the insanity & wish to point out that "hate crimes" are only recognized as being so when it's white/caucasian on _____insert minority here. When laws are passed, they should be equal for all! Keep stirring the pot of ugliness & division, keep getting misdirected from things that should be considered more important or worthy of your attention by the media so that you miss the things that are meant to keep society at each others' throats. It's this sort of ridiculousness that has made me rethink my political beliefs & has taught me to never trust the mainstream media. It's a shame that so many people would rather fight each other instead of taking those who wrong us as a society to task. There's more to be seen than black & white, but I know so many of you like to squabble over inane things that will not benefit anyone, so keep at it & refuse to see the forest for the trees, the government likes it better that way...

8:57AM PST on Feb 27, 2009

So true, Karl. Right here at Care2, you can still see racists in denial spreading their lies...

http://www.care2.com/polls/vote?pollID=911

4:46PM PST on Feb 26, 2009

Racism is still a sign of Ignorance in the Americans. Luther King hadn`t finished his work, and maybe Obama neither will be able.

8:48AM PST on Feb 25, 2009

This issue is over. Murdoch has issued an apology saying it was insensitive to publish that vile cartoon and he is sorry it offended people. Millions of people around the country were offended, included many whites. So this issue was a real problem. Like I said, it's OVER. Murdoch knows we will not stand for this racism and he fears losing his media monopoly.

8:29AM PST on Feb 25, 2009

I agree a lot of The Post's cartoons are tasteless.. but they did the same thing to Bush and everyone laughed. I remember them comparing Bush to (among others) a chimp. Now all of a sudden it's racism. i don't think they were being racist..just doing what they always do, and poking fun of the president.

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