Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Political Cartoon in New York Post deemed Obama's Stimulus Plan Monkey Business By: Gillateen

The New York Post published a rather wild political cartoon that referred Obama's Stimulus Plan as Monkey Business. The cartoon displays two white cops. One cop, gun in hand, shoots down a wild chimpanzee. Immediately afterwards, the other cop says "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill". The New York Posts says "The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimp in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveils himself as a publicity opportunist".

Intially, this cartoon was based upon an incident that occured in Connecticut on Tuesday. A woman kept a chimpanzee as a house pet and treated him as if he was human. She reportedly "slept, ate and drank wine" with the chimpanzee as obscene as it sounds. Later, the chimpanzee goes mad and attacks his owner's friend. As a result, his owner stabs the chimp and calls 9-1-1. When the police arrive, they shoot the chimpanzee dead.

Furthermore, Rev. AL Sharpton, on MSNBC, responds with the point of African Americans being sterotyped as monkeys since the days of the Transalantic Slave Trade and goes on to say that "that Pres. Obama is the face and representative of the New Stimulus Package. Thus, the New York Times is inferring that the Chimpanzee in the cartoon is Pres. Obama". Interestingly enough, a freelance writer, Eric Nelson points out a "beware of the dog sign" in the cartoon. Nelson believes that this sign is referring to the bloodhounds that were unleashed on runaway slaves and the police dogs that were used to attack blacks during the Civil Rights Movement.

In closing, my "spidey sense" says OVERT RACISM!!!! In today's day and age, when verbally firing upon a person or group of people, one must be accurate and politically correct. This cartoon was in poor taste and should have not been published. If the New York Post wanted to "mock the government's efforts", then the cartoon should've have featured a donkey and or elephant being shot down. To say that this cartoon was not a direct attack on Obama is ridiculous. That's like saying the "Microsoft Company and all of its products suck" and expect Bill Gates not to be offended.

1 comment:

  1. I definatly agree with your view on the subject. When I heard about the cartoon, I was very disappointed. However, at the same time I wasn't surprised. Its still hard to catch a cab, lol.. Even with a Black President you would think race relations would improve. It saddens me for the publishers to defend this cartoon as not being racist.