Chimp Cartoon – Racist or Misunderstood?

You’ve probably all heard the story by now of the New York Post cartoon, which featured two police officers, one of which shot a chimpanzee at close range.  The caption read: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” 

I don’t see how anyone could say that this is a ‘misunderstanding.’  The article is clear.  It is combining two current events – the shooting this week of the agitated chimpanzee on a rampage and the signing of the stimulus package also this week by President Obama.  If this is a misunderstanding… please ‘splain. 

The cartoon is pretty clearly a poorly executed attempt at likening our president to a chimpanzee.  Like we couldn’t see that coming.  Ha – ha, so original. 

 As an African-American woman myself, of course that cartoon stings.  But, at the same time, our president is in a position that is unprecedented.  A first.  So, I am wielding pretty thick skin right now.  And I hope that he is too.  Right now, these slights have absolutely no bearing.  We are above it, way above. 

I’m taking the high road on this one.  I would urge anyone else to do the same thing.  


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