What you’re about to read is not interracial in the sense we had in mind when we began this BW blog, but it’s subject matter that is very much racial. And if it’s racial, then it must have black-white relevance. (After all, this is a site cleverly named ZebraCouple’s Blog– we do focus on BW things here.)
Post, are you kidding me with this chimpanzee cartoon? I guess you are trying to kid us all, right? After all, isn’t that the purpose of a cartoon, to be funny? Not sure if anyone’s told you this or not, but this frame misses the funny mark by a country mile. Not only that, it’s incredibly insensitive to those involved with the recent tragic mauling, to our President, and most important— blatantly racist. Unless of course you’re planning to use the hiding-it-in-broad daylight-in-plain-view defense strategy. The one that attempts to convince people that something isn’t what it appears to be, because it’s so obvious. “Of course it’s not racism,” I can hear their argument fermenting already. “Only the most foolish, irresponsible news organization would print blatant racist trash without even the hint of a veil of sarcasm or disguise.” Say no more. This is why the Post is the Post, and not the NY Times.
Don’t bother commenting in the Post’s defense. I might agree with you that this may have been an effort to generate some free publicity; get folks talking about them. But if that’s the case, that makes them worse yet in my book; if this is the only way they knew to get that done.
Am I missing something here? I mean, this is so bad that I almost didn’t want to include the link to the ‘toon. But if you haven’t seen it, you need to. If, like me, you’re as “Mad As He*&, and you’re not gonna take it anymore,” write the NY Rag-Post and let them know it.
*** ADDENDUM *** It took me a couple days to come back to, and finish this post. Not surprisingly, the controversy grew, and opinions multiplied like rabbits while I drafted this article. Here’s a good reaction piece from across the pond. It includes the Post’s apology, (though I don’t know how people and organizations sometimes have the stones to apologize for their own deep seated values. Clearly what they’re sorry for is any long-term negative hurt this will do their paper.) Also included are a few random reactions from varied talking and writing heads.
Normally I do not find myself on the same side as traditional media reactionaries, but this time seems like a no-brainer. Even a monkey could figure this one out.
Now THAT’s FUNNY!!