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"The New York Post" Just Doesn't Get It

On Wednesday, The New York Post printed this cartoon on page 6:


This morning, The Post printed this half-assed apology and offered an explanation of what they think they meant to say:

Wednesday’s Page Six cartoon – caricaturing Monday’s police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut – has created considerable controversy.

It shows two police officers standing over the chimp’s body: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill,” one officer says.

It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.


But it has been taken as something else – as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.

This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.

However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past – and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback.

To them, no apology is due.

But lest there is any ambiguity about what they did, let us be absolutely clear:

1.  Two white policemen, suggesting powerful people who are WHITE people,

2.  Shooting (assassination is something I think all of us who love Obama deeply fear)

3.  a chimpanzee (an historically dehumanizing racial epithet)

4.  while suggesting in the caption that the monkey is the President

5.  and implicitly suggesting that killing the monkey is some kind of solution to an ambiguously defined problem.

This is the sort of calumny that existed in Jim Crow days.  The reversion to overt expression of this kind of psychological imagery at the beginning of the 21st century is incredibly disturbing.    


  1. I know I’m in the minority, but I don’t see everything that has caused the furor in this.  It is a topical news story that was used in a political context and could have been used no matter who was in the White House.  In fact, I don’t see it as a dig at Obama at all, but a “a crazed chimp could have written this damn bill” joke.  And it was actually Pelosi and the Senate who really wrote the final bill, correct?

    If anything I think the Post and the cartoonist could have predicted this outcome (maybe they did and wanted the publicity), but that there wasn’t any racial intent at all to it.

  2. spacemanspiff

    I’m probably one of the less p.c. Moose here. I don’t do outrage and it’s one of the main reasons why I can’t stand some liberal blogs half the time. One has to learn to pick their spots or be considered “fringe” to mainstream America. Which means that great ideas or real concerns are not given the serious look they deserve.

    This cartoon is offensive. Everything about it stinks.

    First off is the obvious monkey=black . The artist knew what he was doing when he drew the cartoon. Besides the obvious racial aspect ( Amadou Diallo anybody?) from it — I can never NOT be outraged when somebody potrays the POTUS being shot. Especially when we have the first A.A. President and history who has already recieved the most death threats EVER at this stage in his career.

    Almost everything else I’d say has already been said. I’ll leave you with this.

    Gawker assembled Delona’s greatest hits.

    He’s a sexist racist homophobic piece of shit.

    Some of his “hysterical” cartoons are:

    That pregnant transgender man-what are docs supposed to do with this freak? (This one was so clever he drew it twice)

    Muslim terrorists love Democrats. What else is new, huh?

    Women: Whores.

    Gays: Sheep fuckers.

    Please take a look at these and form your own opinion on them.

    His track record makes this recent cartoons message crystal clear to me.

  3. creamer

     As some prior comments have noted, the link between apes and African Americans as racial stereotyping in this country would seem indisputable. The linking of two completley separate news stories makes no sense unless you equate Obama as the ape.

    I think anyone who finds this humorus, or can’t understand the offence taken by some, should try to look at this through the eyes of an African American.

  4. i cannot believe that a newspaper printed this.  honestly – this is beyond reproach.  now i wouldn’t say that i agree with every point you made (assassination, etc) – but this cartoon is unbelievably racist and well – idiotic – haha – let’s make a joke about killing an animal (wink, wink).

    but this stinks to high heaven.  since its a well-known fact that the newspaper industry is slowly dying, is this the post trying to be inflammatory to drive circulation numbers?

    fail, fail, fail.

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