NY Post’s Ape Cartoon More Than Harmless Satire

Racist cartoon depicts monkey as author of stimulus bill

was likely prepared in advance. Regardless, it sounds to me like he was addressing Allen and Delonas with this sentence: “Though this nation has proudly thought of itself as an ethnic melting pot, in things racial we have always been and continue to be, in too many ways, essentially a nation of cowards.” He went on to add: “Though race related issues continue to occupy a significant portion of our political discussion, and though there remain many unresolved racial issues in this nation, we, average Americans, simply do not talk enough with each other about race. It is an issue we have never been at ease with and given our nation’s history this is in some ways understandable. And yet, if we are to make progress in this area we must feel comfortable enough with one another, and tolerant enough of each other, to have frank conversations about the racial matters that continue to divide us.”

Bravo, Holder!

The NAACP also weighed in on the controversy, in a statement that was about the same length as the Post‘s.  “We are saddened that the New York Post chose to create a symbol that is so divisive, insensitive and antithetical to that goal,” said Ben Jealous, president and CEO of the civil rights organization that is celebrating its 100-year anniversary. “The NY Post must do better.”

As far as I’m concerned, either the New York Post, which did not endorse Obama for president, is equating the 44th president of the U.S. as a monkey, or I need a humor transplant.

Sean Delonas didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Deborah Creighton Skinner is the editorial director at BlackEnterprise.com.

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  • Timothy Barber

    Fox News does not surprise me with their response. I can believe that the artist could have intended for his image to be purely satire;however it should have been someones job at the Post to see the potential reference. As a American who happens to be black,I am offended. Just as I was when the shoe was thrown at Bush. No I don’t care for Bush but he was my President.

    This incident proves the need for minority involvement in press and media! Yes we have a Black President, but ignorance and racial bias is a part of the USA that we all call home. The least of our problems is a the opinion of some artist being printed in a newspaper. We can choose not to support any company that needs our dollars!!!!! The bigger issue is will we support the struggling Black Press and Media that at least attempt to promote and not degrade people of all colors. Peace and God bless.

    • Dulciita

      they are uarawne of the racial symbolism of the monkey in our culture is a liar or idiot, or so naive as to be a danger to himself and others. I think this is generally your take, correct?5) Muted commentary? Maybe. The other message screams at the top of its lungs. Again, allowing the real message to get lost in the uproar points to (at best)the general incompetency of those involved.6) Getting back in the limelight? Your cynicism is showing, my friend. You’re a better person than this.7) No argument. I’m a fool, too.8) Who am I to mess with your punch line just because I disagree?

  • rogr

    THIS WAS THE ARTIST’S PUBLIC WAY OF EXPRESSING
    THE OWNERS TRUE, PRIVATE BELIEFS THAT BLACK PEOPLE ARE APES.
    THEY PROBABLY FEEL THAT THEIR READER DEMOGRAPHIC WOULD CONDONE IT. HEY, FOX NEWS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE.
    FORTUNATELY FOR US.. PEOPLE LIKE THEM WILL NEVER MAKE IT TO SUCH A HIGH IMPORTANT POSITION LIKE PRESIDENT.
    IF THE OWNER IS OVER 50YRS OF AGE, YOU CAN BET HE HAS THE MINDSET OF A NON-BLACK AMERICAN OF THAT GENERATION, EVEN THOUGH HIS PARENTS CAME HERE ILLEGALLY FROM A COUNTRY THAT WAS CLEANING OUT THEIR LANDS OF UNDESIRABLES.
    I BET HIM MOMMA IS PROUD OF HIM,,WHERE EVER SHE IS.

  • Anonymous

    Even if the Republicans/Conservatives use their usual scapegoats, don’t some of those who adhere to this party find it strange that these instances keep coming up over and over again, and that they have to scurry around over and over again to try and defend the authors of these instances?Even if they doubt are to doubt every single one of them as simply a “misunderstanding” that’s an awful lot of “misunderstandings” don’t you think?

    “Barack the Magic Negro”, this story, Mike Huckabees statement, Curious George, the Obama and Michelle terrorist picture, terrorist fist bump, etc. the list goes on. If their party is so guilt free from any of that, then why is it that these so called “coincidences” keep coming up and them having write them off constantly? There comes a point where you have to say “okay, something obviously doesn’t add up here”.

  • john

    lmao calm down

  • Black in America

    I found it hurtful, however I was challenged today by a non-minority co-worker and it made me think. They asked if I was hurt because it was a cruel reminder that nothing has changed around race issues or because I am black and am overly sensitive.

  • Katherine

    Oh my word… How is this man still employed? Wouldn’t liberal New Yorkers be completely appalled by racist, homophobic cartoons? This doesn’t seem like any accident, ESPECIALLY if this man has created controversy with his cartoons before. He knew what he was doing.

    In reference to Black in America’s comment, whether this was intentional or not, anyone who is making a nationally public statement, no matter what medium, needs to be more aware and sensitive to issues like this. Race, religion, sexual orientation, disabilities, etc. are all very sensitive topics that one has to consider when broadcasting to a large group of people. Only people with hate as a motive would be reluctant to this.

    I’m white and grew up in a diverse area (New Orleans), and although I do know of the stereotype I don’t think I would have even made the connection of the monkey being a racial insult. This is most likely because I wasn’t raised hearing anything like that from my parents, or friends that I can remember (white or black). It may also be that I’m part of a younger generation, it doesn’t seem like a common reference, although I’m sure my peers know of it as well. I HOPE that the latter is the case, rather than simply because of being white, or raised by intelligent people. It would be relieving to know that slurs and hate CAN actually die with the older generations.

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