This cartoon from a recent edition of the New York Post has sparked some heated debate over whether or not the it’s racist.
In the cartoon depicted two police officers and a chimpanzee that has just been shot by one of the cops. One officer says, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”
It’s typical for editorial cartoonists to link two current news stories, in this case the shooting of a chimp after it mauled a Connecticut woman and President Obama’s signing of the stimulus bill. But according to a CNN report, black opinion makers like the Rev. Al Sharpton ask, “Are they inferring that a monkey wrote the last bill?”
It’s no secret that black people have been associated with primate imagery in the past and frankly I can’t believe this cartoon made it past the paper’s editors. Furthermore, some say including gun violence in the cartoon was in poor taste because of the nervousness some feel about the safety of a black president in a historically racist country. And I wholeheartedly agree. Also, let’s not forget that a woman was nearly killed by a chimp and to make light of that is pretty insensitive too.
Bottom line — this cartoon is NOT funny.
But maybe you disagree. Tell me your thoughts on this editorial cartoon.