A Sean Delonas editorial cartoon that ran in the New York Post is raising some questions about his intent and whether it could be viewed as racist. The cartoon was published yesterday and depicts two police officers standing over a chimpanzee shot dead by one of the officers. One police man says, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”
The exact intent is subjective. There was a national story yesterday of a chimp that had to be shot after it mauled a 55-year-old woman in Connecticut. Various interpretations offered in the blogosphere range from thinking that the stimulus bill was so bad it was written by monkeys to a racist view that the chimp was President Obama. That last view was the one taken by Rev. Al Sharpton who has said,
The cartoon in today’s New York Post is troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys. One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual reference to this when in the cartoon they have police saying after shooting a chimpanzee that “Now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill.”
“Being that the stimulus bill has been the first legislative victory of President Barack Obama (the first African American president) and has become synonymous with him it is not a reach to wonder are they inferring that a monkey wrote the last bill?”
UPDATE: NY Post editor-in-chief Col Allan is defending the cartoon.
“The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.”