The Rev. Al Sharpton is demanding that The New York Post, which has come under fire in the past for racially tinged cartoons, explain what it meant in its latest controversial offering.Played prominently on todayâ€™s editorial pages, the cartoon depicts two police officers â€“ one with his smoking gun drawn â€“ standing over what appears to be a dead chimpanzee in a pool of blood. One officer says to the other: â€œNow theyâ€™ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.â€It begs the question:Â Are they referring to the dead chimp as the president of the United States?Without jumping to conclusions, I tried to determine what the $787 billion stimulus package signed into law yesterday and the police shooting of a raging mad chimpanzee have in common.Â Â The Rev. Al Sharpton appears to be a bit puzzled as well.Â Â â€œBeing 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?â€
The Rev. Al Sharpton is demanding that The New York Post, which has come under fire in the past for racially tinged cartoons, explain what it meant in its latest controversial offering.
â€œOn its face, it appears that the Post is not only calling Obama an ape, but a dead ape. â€œThe cartoon in todayâ€™s New York Post is troubling at best, given the racist attacks throughout history that have made African-Americans synonymous with monkeys,â€ Sharpton writes on his National Action Network website. â€œOne 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, â€˜now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill, Sharpton writes. (Source)