I have been trying to avoid blogging like the plague. It is something that I have not wanted to do, but it is now time that I let my voice be heard, especially on a day like today.
Early this morning I received an email from a friend with a link to the New York Post. I knew that whatever it was could not be good, but I never thought I would see what I saw.
I was floored. I am not sure what actually was the most offensive thing about this cartoon – the fact that someone actually came up with it or the fact that the Post actually printed it. This just shows you how important other voices in the media are. I bet the folks of color at the NY Post are completely embarrassed. What News Corp allowed to go onto the pages is offensive on so many levels.
Firstly, what does the chimp going mad have to do with the stimulus package? It certainly seems like the Post equates a monkey with black folks (Our president for one) and that the chimp going mad is indicative of a black man going crazy.
The problem with this logic is that there is none. The stimulus package is something that can work if implemented properly, and there is nothing crazy about it.
What is crazy is that the Post found some way to connect the mad chimp and the stimulus package.
Secondly, showing cops shooting a monkey ( the image of which has historically been equated with Blacks) continues to play into the fact that cops shoot Black men often and that it is just a regular occurence.
New York Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allan said in a statement that the cartoon was “a clear parody.
“It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist”
What Allan fails to realize is that Sharpton is just one of thousands of voices that abhor what the Post has done. This is so far beyond Sharpton, who was simply the first to speak up in public but not the first to be outraged. The community is up in arms.
The Amadou Diallo shooting was ten years ago; the Sean Bell shooting is still fresh in our minds. Black men are killed on a daily basis. Black men are killed by cops across this country far too often. Our president is a Black man and it looks like the Post is almost calling for an assasination.
THE NEW YORK POST NEEDS TO BE STOPPED.
Tomorrow: Why do we read papers like the New York Post