Was it Racially Drawn?

United States
February 19, 2009 7:19am CST
There is an cartoon in the New York Post that depicts to officers standing over a bullet ridden monkey and one is saying "They will have to find someone else to write the New Stimulus Bill". Al Sharpton has come out to say that this was VERY racially charged and a direct reference to President Obama. The Post does not agree and said that it was just a combined referral to the recent Monkey attack and demise, and lightly referring to whether or not the stimulus bill could actually improve the country. Now, most if not all of us know that the "Monkey" crack has been widely used as a reference to blacks. Was this done on the sly to make that kind of remark about the new president?
2 responses
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
19 Feb 09
ugh!! I am so tired of all of this racism stuff. First of all in America it seems ok for an african american to make fun of or pretty much say anything they want about a white person or white people, but they go crazy over anything referenced towards them... I am not pertaining to this cartoon, because I didnt see it, but it is just always something like this.
• United States
19 Feb 09
I can honestly say I know what you are feeling. My dad is white and my mom is black. I hear it on both sides, and take offense when ANY one is made out the brunt of a racial remark. But I still thought this was a good topic of discussion. I assume we can all talk about it as is and not as a whole blacks against whites thing. For me, since they are talking about reprimanding the cartoonist and/or the editor, I wanted to see what the REAL public opinion was about the subject, not to start a racial epithet or fight. What does the REAL America feel about it?
@stacyv81 (5904)
• United States
19 Feb 09
no i understand what you mean, but I saw the cartoon and I am pretty sure all they are saying is that a bunch of monkeys (the actual animal) could do it better than the government. I dont think it was meant racially at ll
• United States
19 Feb 09
Yah I was discussing with my husband and he was thinking the same thing. I think people are getting very touchy about all the race and everything. I always put "other" on my applications, not because of my parents but because I say I am American. Period. NO black or white. Just American. :) Thanks for the response :)
• United States
20 Feb 09
You know the cartoon may not have been racially motivate, but it definitely shows how irresponsible the and near sighted the illustrator and the publishers are. How could they not see what kind of an impact that this would have, especially given how racially sensitive America still is. I'm not one to jump to conclusions but at first glance it looks racist as heck. What comparisons did they think that the people would draw? The Post cannot be that naive or stupid I mean come now. Honestly there is now explaining this one away. Now way!.
• United States
20 Feb 09
I agree with you Spectrum. It was, if not intentional, very naive of the cartoonist, and even more so on the part of the post. Well, like everyone else, we will just have to await the outcome and see what happens. Apparently now they are protesting, with the greasy Al Sharpton leading the way. Who knows what will come of this. And if Obama himself isn't speaking out about it, why should anyone else be getting in a tizzy over it? If he can be a better man about it, then shouldn't everyone else?