Friday, February 20, 2009

Feigned Indignation: Here we go again..

This is so ridiculous I just had to show you how far and how established the feigned racial indignation scam has become.

New York Post (which incidentally is not one of the 'chosen untouchables' meaning left-leaning liberal mainstream-media outlets) ran a story which included the cartoon alongside and immediately race merchants like Al Sharpton moved into top gear.

Had the
New York Times done the story in exactly the same way with the same cartoon, you would have heard nothing but, the Post is more right-leaning therefore fodder for race peddlars and white guilt apologists etc. The picture shows two cops shooting a chimp, that's all. Nowhere does it refer to blacks, Obama, or anyone in particular but it is blacks themselves, them of the huge inferiority complex that are associating the chimp with blacks.

Ok. Having fabricated an "offence", next comes the "indignation" firestorm whipped up to maximum, then comes demands for apologies, then heads to roll etc. A tried and tested process. Fool proof. Keeps them whiteys in place, y'know fearful of exercising their right to free speech. A good scam - and the sad part, it works every time.

Me, I see a few possibilities. It could refer to a well-known expression being sketched out namely, "getting the monkey off your back", the 'monkey' being a big problem, a seemingly insurmountable situation ergo, the great economic recession. Or, the person who wrote the stimulus bill is a monkey, it is that dumb. Or, it refers to the chimp shot by cops a few days earlier?

But no, blacks, race-baiters, white guilt apologists see money and/or an opportunity to score some points in the Great Racial Black-White Jihad of getting back at whitey. Nice try but this monkey ain't buying it.

See also;

It wasn’t racist when President Bush was portrayed as a chimp

NY Post editor defends cartoon; knocks Sharpton

Protesters picket New York Post over chimp cartoon

Cartoonists treading lightly when drawing Obama

No more drawings of chimps, please. We have a black president.

Chimp-Stimulus Cartoon Raises Racism Concerns

An editorial cartoon in the print and online editions of The New York Post was criticized for linking a chimpanzee with the economic stimulus package signed by President Obama.

Updated, 9:49 p.m. | Gov. David A. Paterson, Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, the Rev. Al Sharpton and others expressed concern on Wednesday morning over an editorial cartoon in The New York Post that showed a police officer telling his colleague who just shot a chimpanzee, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

Critics said the cartoon, drawn by Sean Delonas, implicitly compared President Obama with the primate and evoked a history of racist imagery of blacks. The chimpanzee was an apparent reference to the 200-pound pet chimpanzee that was shot dead by a police officer in Stamford, Conn., on Monday evening, after it mauled a friend of his owner.

Speaking at a conference of the New York Academy of Medicine on Wednesday morning, Mr. Paterson said that while he had not seen the cartoon, he believed that The Post should explain it. Given the possibility that some people could conclude the cartoon had a racial subtext, Mr. Paterson said the newspaper needed to clarify its meaning.

“It would be very important for The New York Post to explain what the cartoon was intended to portray,” Mr. Paterson said in response to a question about whether the cartoon’s depiction of a monkey was racist, as Mr. Sharpton has suggested. “Obviously those types of associations have been made. They do feed a kind of negative and stereotypical way that people think. But I think if it’s enough that people are raising this issue, I hope they would clarify.”

Senator Gillibrand, Democrat of New York, said in a statement: “I found the Post cartoon offensive and purposefully hurtful. This type of cartoon serves no productive role in the public discourse.”

City Councilman Leroy G. Comrie Jr., a Queens Democrat, called for a boycott of the newspaper. “To run such a violent, racist cartoon is an insult to all New Yorkers,” he said in a statement. “This was an unfortunate incident in which a human being was seriously injured- not an opportunity to sling dangerous rhetoric. It is my belief that The New York Post owes an immediate apology to this city for demonstrating such terrible judgment and insensitivity.”

Mr. Comrie urged New Yorkers to “demonstrate their displeasure with the New York Post by writing letters to their advertisers and simply stop purchasing a publication that clearly has no respect or sensitivity for people of color.”

On Wednesday evening, the Brooklyn borough president, Marty Markowitz, also weighed in, saying:

My office has received complaints about this so-called cartoon, and I can see why. If its disturbing connection to reprehensible racial stereotyping was unintentional, it just proves once again how disconnected The Post is from New York City and its residents. And for such a weak joke? There’s no excuse. The ‘editors’ overseeing such content should be ashamed—and held accountable. The Post is always quick on the attack, so now we ask that they do the right thing and apologize to all who were offended by this tasteless cartoon.

A newsroom employee at The Post, who spoke on condition of anonymity because employees were not permitted to comment on the matter, said its newsroom received many calls of complaints on Wednesday morning after the publication of the cartoon. “Every line was lit up for several hours,” the employee said. “The phones on the city desk have never rung like that before.” Many Post staff members were dismayed by the cartoon, the employee added.

The cartoon was on Page 12 of Wednesday’s edition, next to the paper’s Page Six gossip column. On Page 11, the reverse side, was a photograph of President Obama signing the stimulus bill into law in Denver. Mr. Sharpton, who has been an unflattering subject in cartoons drawn by Mr. Delonas in The Post, said in a statement on his Web site: The cartoon in today’s New York Post is troubling at best, given the racist attacks throughout history that have made African-Americans synonymous with monkeys. One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual inference to this form of racism when, in the cartoon, the police say after shooting a chimpanzee, “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 whether the Post cartoonist was inferring that a monkey wrote it?

In a statement, Col Allan, editor in chief of The Post, denied Mr. Sharpton’s assertion that the cartoon was “racially charged.” Mr. Allan said:

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.

A 2001 cartoon by Mr. Delonas depicted Fernando Ferrer, the Bronx borough president who was seeking the Democratic nomination for mayor that year, kissing the buttocks of Mr. Sharpton — a depiction that was widely criticized as demeaning, and even racist.

In a phone interview, Mr. Sharpton said he planned to hold a protest outside The Post’s Midtown offices at noon on Thursday.

“What does shooting a chimpanzee have to do with a stimulus bill?” Mr. Sharpton said. “This raises all the racial stereotypes we are trying to get away from in this country.”
He added: “I’m not speaking on behalf of the president or the chimpanzee. I‘m speaking on behalf of the offended African-American community.”

Mr. Delonas has drawn ire from a number of groups for past cartoons in The Post. In 2006, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation denounced a cartoon of his that showed a man carrying a sheep wearing a bridal veil to a “New Jersey Marriage Licenses” window, a reference to the State Supreme Court’s ruling that year requiring the state to grant same-sex couples the same legal rights and benefits as heterosexual couples through civil unions.

Andrew Rojecki, associate professor of communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago and co-author of “The Black Image in the White Mind” (University of Chicago Press, 2000), a study of racial attitudes and their relationship to mass media content, said he found the cartoon deeply troubling.

“Of course I would say it’s racist,” Professor Rojecki said in an interview. “There’s no question about it.”

He added, “The cartoonist, whether he did this consciously or not, was drawing upon a very historically deep source of images about African-Americans that African-Americans do not have a lot of control over.”

Such images are harmful on a number of levels, he said. “Even people who do not harbor deep-seated prejudices, because they have stereotypes deeply embedded in their consciousness, may react unconsciously when those associations are triggered,” he said.

Professor Rojecki rejected Mr. Allan’s assertion that the cartoon was devoid of racial content. “It strains credulity to imagine that there is any association between a chimpanzee that was shot because it had attacked someone and a bill that has successfully passed through Congress,” he said. “It makes no sense. What possible explanation could there be?”

Jan Nederveen Pieterse, a professor of global studies and sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of “White on Black: Images of Africa and Blacks in Western Popular Culture” (Yale University Press, 1995), said, “I agree the cartoon is racist, without a doubt.”

Professor Pieterse, who is Dutch, said that portrayal of non-Westerners as primates became well-established in both the United States and Europe in the late 19th century, and has affected not only blacks, but also the Irish and Chinese, for example.

“It’s absolutely outrageous,” he said of the cartoon, “and I think people are concerned because it sets a nasty, mean, very aggressive tone. You can’t get any lower.”

11 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

I'm not trying to score any kind of points, As a Black Man I found the cartoon offinsive We see things from different points of view because of our racial background and up bringing.

Lisa, Helsinki said...

sorry but as a white European even i know that you have to be pretty stupid (or blatantly racist) to publish such a cartoon. of course people are going to see what they saw in that cartoon - even if the artist "didn't mean it that way". Come on, use your brain especially in such an established paper. By the way, it's pretty naive of you to say " the picture shows two cops shooting a chimp, that's all. Nowhere does it refer to blacks, Obama, or anyone in particular"...that's what cartoons are all about, they rarely "say" anything but imply using images. Responsible journalists think about all the implications of what they write or draw!

Eric said...

Just in case you would like to put the artist's work in proper context. I think these toons make it abundantly clear.

Doberman said...

Hey Lisa Helsinki..when George Bush was portrayed as a chimp, his likeness was evident. In most cartoons, the target's likeness is implied and visible. Here we have a chimp, not looking like anybody, yet you and other apologists/ white guilters immediately race (pun intended) off to placate the 'offended' race. Would you have done the same if it had been Clinton or GW Bush again or another white person. The answer is NO, of course not.

Not everybody buys the race scam Lisa. People are fed up with being told they are racists. The Muslims and blacks have the market cornered on feigned indignation and being eternal 'victims' yet they have no problem stereotyping other races, whites in particular as racists and 'privileged' and 'slave owners' etc. You have your viewpoint, it is wrong, but you're entitled to it.

Anonymous said...

And the Attorney General thinks we can possibly talk about race relations. No wonder we are a "nation of cowards". Whites are terrified at being labeled a racist and labeled one for almost any perceived action or spoken word. Can someone tell me how there can be a dialog about race when there is this much furor over a cartoon. It remind me of the reaction the Islamic cartoon in I think Denmark a few years ago. I guess it's better to just smile and nod and avoid each other when at all possible.


Interesting to watch the bun fight about this subject. That the real focus should rather be placed on a gang of " illuminated " insiders that right now in front of the eyes of the " super sized " but mainly brain dead Yanks are destroying the future of generations to come by the the deliberate creation of economic chaos that will lead into a totalitarian society - controlled by sheer force. George Orwell sends best regards !

Anonymous said...

thanks for the link, Eric. opened my eyes, actually - the guy's humour is very poor and in bad taste. I think it is impossible to imagine the "artist" didn't have some racist glee in his mind with the controversial cartoon.

Anonymous said...

What an enormous inferiority complex blacks have. This is not a white problem, this is a problem that blacks have with themselves.

Anonymous said...

I think they were trying to say "Bush is black" when they showed Bush as a chimp! After all, the Negro Supremecists in the States claim Bush is black - along with any other apparently "white" person of fame or note!

Anonymous said...

"Honi soit qui mal y pense." Literal English translation: evil be to him who evil thinks.

It's all about mind control.

God, how I hate "liberals". Their real agenda is to enslave your mind.

d - _ - b said...

Dear White Liberals,

Everything you say offends me. I demand that you all be fired immediately from whatever it is that you do. Your ill concieved ideologies have destroyed entire countries including my own. And here you are babbling like a bunch of pussies because someone's feelings might get hurt? Maybe it is time for you to move on and let them(minorities) fight their own battles. Maybe it is time for you to start fighting for your own people, for your children's future, since YOU will be a minority by 2050.