18 February 2009

Cartoons are funny, right? NOT

So, there are a few things that you just don't do. It's something you grow up knowing- don't put your elbows on the table, don't talk with food in your mouth, don't call black people chimps. Just ask the New York Post. Recently, the paper ran a cartoon featuring several cops standing over a bullet-riddled chimp stating "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."

Ok people. Now is not the time to have the conversation on whether or not there SHOULD be a difference in calling a black person and a white person a chimp. Because there shouldn't be. But unfortunately, due to long history of our country, the reality is that there IS a difference. You can not run a cartoon effectively calling our new black president a chimp, and expect there not to be any repercussions.

I'm not saying that the NYP is full of racists. This is not a "you're a racist" issue. This is a "are you seriously that stupid that you honestly didn't anticipate the backlash of this" issue. Come ON.

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