NYPost Cartoon: Racist or Just Tasteless?
Is it racist, or just morbid?
By Gabriel Winant, Newser User
Posted Feb 18, 2009 11:06 AM CST
Recent cover pages of The New York Post, top, and The Wall Street Journal are shown, Thursday, May 3, 2007 in New York.    (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

(Newser) – A somewhat inscrutable, certainly tasteless, and possibly racist cartoon by Sean Delonas appeared today in the New York Post and other newspapers, prompting complaints from several quarters, reports the Huffington Post. In a reference to the recent chimp attack in Connecticut, the cartoon shows two police officers, one with smoking gun, standing over a dead chimp. One officer says, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

At best, the cartoon seems to be calling the authors of a bill, unloved by the Post, crazed chimpanzees. But since the authorship is somewhat unclear—including members of Congress, White House staffers, and the first African American president—it also evokes longstanding racist themes, a connection not lost on the Rev. Al Sharpton.

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Feb 24, 2009 9:58 PM CST
have you never heard the term "porch monkey"? I am white but I don't blame people that got upset over that cartoon. I got upset and I am not even black! (btw, it might have helped their case if the cartoon had been GOOD) FAIL on all fronts.
Feb 19, 2009 6:29 AM CST
Here's the literary commentary you were hoping for, bacimom!
Feb 19, 2009 3:21 AM CST
Oh. I forgot. "Did Burris have anything to do with this?"LOL.