Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Is New York Post cartoon racist?

Is this New York Post cartoon racist? Does it depict the police officers shooting Barack Obama? After all, there are still far too many backwoods Americans who throw about derogatory slang terms about blacks.

However, it's free speech but does free speech also cover what some define as hate speech? The line, though, was crossed a few years back with a Muhammed editorial cartoon published in Europe and that led to riots. America is much calmer than that but does this editorial cartoon prove that racism is again going mainstream?

Like any art form, it is open to interpretation and I welcome and am curious about yours.


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13 comments:

People in the Sun said...

I guess it could mean that whoever wrote the bill must have been as crazy as a crazy chimp. But still... there's the racist stereotype, and then there's the implication that we can save the country by shooting the author of the bill (or more specifically, Obama).

Republicans and their fans are becoming comically irrelevant with stuff like that.

Jacki said...

I don't see any purpose in that cartoon at all. Just like our society to attempt to laugh at violence, yet if we see a shirtless woman on TV you get all the groups out there getting bent out of shape.

snowelf said...

This just bothers me. I don't like it at all and I think you made a really good point by posting it.

--snow

Anonymous said...

I read the cartoon this morning, didn't think much of it but was surprised it is making a stir. I honestly didn't connect it to racism. People are way to serious.

Anonymous said...

This kind of stuff makes me both sad and angry! It is in your face RACISM. STOP NY POST NOW!!!

Anonymous said...

There are two problems with this. 1) Black people have had a history of being likened to beast especially monkeys. Actually that was part of the justification for slavery. 2) Bush messed up a lot, but no one would dare to suggest to shoot him... for anything! How is President Obama different 3) Given the recent situations with the police murdering a handcuffed black man in Oakland, CA, execution style and last year;s fifty shot murder of a unarmed black male (Sean Bell). This image carelessly portray the endorsement of police brutality.

Just because it does not offend you, doesn't make it non-offensive. It is very much so. Just when I though America had grown.

Renaissance Woman said...

It made me sick when I saw the picture and the meaning. Racist...YEP!

James said...

I don't know... The racism angle is a bit of a stretch. Obama didn't even write the bill in the first place, so I mean, I'm not really following here. The Dems who wrote the bill are like rampaging chimps?

Maybe the true moral of this cartoon is that cops are dumb.

Anonymous said...

This shows the embedded racism of the US.When a openly act is committed and those it doesn't affend tell thoses it do to lighten up.To thoses whom can't see allow me to offer the eyes and mind of the black. The background a car pulled over by a police car. a sign on the street pole saying beware of dog. chimp is just one of the names used by racist today to identify blacks. the chimp on to ground with its hands up but is still shot. the two white police. and the ref. to the stimulus bill is as plain as who set the framework of the bill.....OBAMA

The cartoon is racist and if you still won't see it your a sideline racist.

Uncle Joe said...

song my mark knopfler:

Punish the Monkey (but let the organ grinder go)

James said...

Interesting angle to this story I saw on cable news last night...

Racist or not, the controversy has made this cartoon nearly ubiquitous in the media...cable news, the internet, blogs, etc.

As with the Muhammed cartoon a few years back, the discussion is just ensuring that it's getting way more exposure than it would have gotten if it had just been ignored.

You know the guy who drew it is just loving it. "I've always wanted to be syndicated," he's thinking. He's probably getting calls from right-wing magazines, too, asking him, "Do you freelance?" Dude just hit the big time.

spleeness said...

Actually the chimp reminds me of Bush and that's when talk of a stimulus bill plus its early starts began...

The Doozie said...

I'm not sure, but maybe it ties in with the recent chimpanzee attack where the officers had to shoot and kill the animal? At any rate, it's stupid.