You Just Don’t Get It Do You?

Now for anyone who is still naïve enough to believe racism and/or racial discrimination is a thing of the past let me introduce you to the latest of a string of incidents that you may not be aware of that continues to happen all around us.

You would think Rush Limbaugh would have done this, but it’s the so-called “Big Bad Liberal Media” that sneak this one in. I speak of the New York Post.

For those who are unfamiliar or oblivious to the racial connotation of a monkey and how it relates to race let me attempt to offer you a very brief history lesson of being Black in America.

This drawing from Josiah Nott and George Gliddon called “Indigenous Races of the Earth” was drawn in 1857. This drawing was the beginning of the ridiculous suggestion that Black People ranked between White People and Chimpanzees in terms of intelligence. The lie was perpetuated throughout America as truth by Whites during a time in the U.S. when racism and bigotry was socially acceptable and common place. Today we still find it, but the lie is more secluded and socially sophisticated.

Now to address why this cartoon is considered to be racist and not just insensitive towards animal rights?

It does show a level of insensitivity towards animals, but it’s the text and the known history of not only the NYPD, but the relationships between Blacks and the police. I’m more than happy to go there, but want to stick to this issue for the moment.

Now to add the text to the cartoon that reads, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill” the day after President Obama signs the Stimulus bill and the fact that he’s Black (which I could go into that for those who want to debate the “One Drop Rule” and how that relates to the President.)

Footnote: I want to add that it’s also interesting how this depiction comes almost a week after Charles Darwin’s 200th Birthday to and how it can spark the conversation about Social Darwinism. But I’m trying to not overwhelm you with the depth of sophistication of the subtle message this image suggests in form of a cartoon.

The cartoon in today’s New York Post is telling of the silent rise in the sophisticated racial & discriminatory attacks reported since 2008. I’m still amazed of the ignorance of history that some people and institutions continue to exhibit.

Throughout American history the racially motivated reference of Blacks with monkeys has been made, most recently history in Pennsylvania at a McCain/Palin political rally.

One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual inference to this form of racism when, in the cartoon, the police say after shooting a chimpanzee, “now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill.”

What the Hell is that suppose to mean? You talk about respect for authority or the Office of the President.

But this isn’t the first time a New York Post cartoonist has come under heavy fire in the past for racially tinged cartoons. Does anyone remember the cartoons depicting 2001 NYC Mayoral candidate Freddy Ferrer and Rev. Al Sharpton? And who can forget the magazine cover of the New Yorker Magazine last July.

Some will often try to ignore the racial implications out of being uncomfortable speaking about the subject or fear of being questioned. For those who have read this blog for any length of time I hope you can conclude that I tend to understand where you’re coming from and will question when it isn’t clear or objectionable.

I understand if this is you, but do not be afraid to speak out against racism or discrimination. Now some have tried to use these words against me, but it still doesn’t fit, because whenever I’ve seen discrimination I’ve always spoken up or clarified the intentions of the person accused regardless of politics, race, preferences or religion.

When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said that “we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” he wasn’t just talking about one group of people or a single issue. I invite you to chime in on your sincere thoughts, ideas and suggestions regarding this cartoon. But if I can quote King for the millionth time it would be this principle that I continues to motivate me to even share my opinion about the things I blog about. “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” This may not matter to you, but your silence says more than your words if it doesn’t.

References & Inspirations
New York Post – 02/18/09 “Sean Delonas Cartoon
Wikipedia “Scientific Racism
Wikipedia “One Drop Rule
Wikipedia “Ethnographic
Wikipedia “Popular Racist Ideology


14 thoughts on “You Just Don’t Get It Do You?

  1. That’s just a shame. Some people just have no shame and don’t think about the ramifications of their actions. Thanks a lot NY Post….

  2. That one is worse that the “drunken negro cookie”! I am stunned that the NY Post printed something to this extreme. Things like this fuel the ignorant to do more ignorant things. We have all prayed for change and should all continue to pray for the president’s safety. As for the many Delonas out there … we should put pen to paper

  3. The artist knew what he was doing. And it’s despicable. I wonder what he told himself…well, it’s the police talking. It’s not how *I* feel. Or hee, hee, won’t this incite controversy, ching, ching $$.

    Cannot imagine.

  4. Sad, but I don’t see why anyone is surprised.

    The NY Post is a joke. It’s a Right-Leaning tabloid in the tradition of the National Inquirer, The Sun, etc… “extreme” is their forte’. That’s all they have.
    Bullshit stories that never check out and pandering to Right Wing vermin.

    Just go there and look at their “News Roll” at the bottom of the page.

    The WSJ, FOX, The Sun, and Sky News.
    All Fascist, money first garbage.

    Consider the source and don’t give them any more attention than they’re worth. Which is nothing.

  5. This being in the New York Post is not a shock to me at all. The Post is owned by News Corp..(Fox News) The followers of News Corp and Fox News idolize people like Sean Hannity and Michael Savage. So anything in the Post does not shock me one bit.
    As far as your point, We have a very long way to go in this country.

  6. Shaking my head in utter disbelief…sounds like sensitivity training should become the norm rather than the exception. Start with more sensitivity training and simontaneously develop a three strike rule on anyone engaging in “journalism” that reaches a high volume of daily readership. Ethics should matter.

    Another thought-provoking post, Tim.

  7. I agree totally with the previous two remarks and will add that all trash media controlled by Rupert Murdock has no positive value.

  8. I admire your humanism, Al. (Really, no sarcasm)

    But believe me, those who follow the doctrine of Rupert Murdoch and his publications simply are not capable of this sensitivity of which you speak.
    They just need to rounded up and driven into the sea. At least as chum they will have served a purpose in their pointless lives.

    Just another flock of fish turds in the ocean of life.

  9. If a picture of a white elephant with bullet holes was published in a Black publication with the caption “Now the stimulus bill will be passed”, how upset do you suppose a certain group of people would be?

    A few days ago I heard about racoons at the White House and immediately knew that it was racial. It seems as though the White media is trying to get some Black people riled up enough to take to the streets so the media will have negative stuff to write about Blacks. And I’m also thinking that these published acts of racism is meant to reach some warped racist who don’t have a badge/license to kill to do something to try to cause even more racial divide.

  10. “Big Bad LIBERAL medi” you say? Are you kidding me?

    Anyone with ANY knowledge of this jerk Delonas’ cartoons knows he is an ultra-Conservative neo-con who has repeatedly crossed the lines with his bigoted and racist/prejudicial moronic toons!!!!

    David Gergen and Roland Martin were right on the money on Anderson Cooper’s AC360 last night! This a**hole Delonas is no better than the bilge water in his bathroom! ‘Nuff said.

  11. Of course I’ve tried not to comment on this “cartoon.” Since I work in publishing and often work with illustrators I under the need to be “cutting edge” and provocative. This is especially true of political cartoonist. Take a look at some stuff that has been done in the past–not pretty stuff.

    On to this one… The Post is a rag to begin with. It is a tabloid. They are so loving all the attention they are getting, which is why they won’t apologize for it. They are jumping for joy that their web site got a zillion hits because of the cartoon. (Good for getting more ads.) The problem with this drawing is that it is bad satire. Based on the cartoonist’s explanation the two situations–the stimulus package and the chimp rampage don’t even mesh properly. The Post makes a poin to insult everyone. Almost every day their headlines are in poor taste. And they are selling enough papers to keep printing every day. It’s Rupert Murdock owned which let’s you know right there it’s all about the mighty dollar–and the attention.

    The cartoonist and The Post knew what they were doing. They are smart enough to recognize the negative connotation, and to realize that the people would be more likely to connect stimulus package with Pres. Obama and not to the democrats in general or congress, etc. I bet when that cartoon came up in their editorial meeting they were excited about the the negative feedback they were going to get–I know it came up.

    I vowed many years ago to never buy The Post. I wouldn’t even use it to pick up dog crap off the sidewalk.

    Ok, sorry for the rant.

  12. Oh, I get it! Dance Monkey Dance. The organ grinder plays a tune and if you don’t dance then the grinder must find a new monkey. I’m nobody’s monkey and neither is Obama. President Obama has said a word and the Hiphopacrites are marching in lockstep with Al Sharpton. He’s a clown who makes money off of racial conflict. I voted to change all this. If the word Monkey makes you go beserk, then the grinder knows what tune to play to fill his cup. If monkey makes you dance, then we are our own worst enemy. Oh, I get it. I get mad when I see us “Stuck on Stupid.”

    1. 😀 Obviously you just looked at the picture and made your comment without even reading what was written. So I guess the title applies to you too Mr. Cecil Jones, you just don’t get it do you?

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