A few people have already e-mailed me this op-ed cartoon that ran in the New York Post this morning, and I’m not sure what to make of it. It’s possible the cartoonist means that the stimulus package is a mess. I dunno. There would seem to be a less labored way of making the same point.
The reason people have taken issue with this, though, might be obvious. I’m not so sure. (But then, I didn’t get the big deal surrounding that notorious New Yorker cover, either.) I’m gonna assume that it isn’t intentionally racist, but really, really tone deaf.
What say you?
UPDATE: The Post — surprise — is defending its decision to run the piece.
The cartoon in Wednesday’s Post by Sean Delonas shows two police officers standing over the body of a bullet-riddled chimp. One of the officers says the other, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”
Civil rights activist called the cartoon “troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys.”
But Sharpton said the Post should clarify the point it was trying to make with the cartoon, which was playing off Monday’s rampage by a pet chimpanzee in Stamford, Conn., that left a woman severely mauled. Police ended up killing the chimp.
In a statement, Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allan said: “The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.”