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.”
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.