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So all day yesterday I was wondering what I should blog about, and then a gift was dropped in my lap today by way of the New York Post.  By now you have all heard that President Obama has signed the Economic Stimulus Bill.  As was to be expected he’s getting heat because the bill was passed will minimal support from Republicans.   Some are saying President Obama was elected because of his promises to foster bipartisanship blah blah blah.  Here is what I think about bipartisanship…in theory it’s a good thing.  It’s like that Coke commercial “…I’d like to buy the world a home and furnish it with love.  Grow apple trees and honey bees, and snow white turtle doves.”  In theory it’s a cute concept, but later for furnishing someone else’s house, I want to furnish my own.  And you can keep the apple trees and turtle doves…send me my stimulus check!

All the politicians meow meowing about bipartisanship need to get over it.  There comes a point in every President’s career that he has to make a definitive decision to do what is best for the people that elected him and worry about soothing the ruffled feathers of bipartisanship later.  The people that elected President Obama needed a bill passed.  While I’d love to debate the finer points of this Stimulus Bill and how it might impact middle class people like me, that is not the purpose of this weeks blog (sidebar: if you are a first time homebuyer or in the market for a new car, the Stimulus Package has a hook up for you ☺ !!!)

Okay so here is the background story that feeds into the New York Post broo-ha-ha.  A woman in Connecticut kept a giant chimp as a pet.  The chimp went crazy a couple of days ago and attacked the woman’s friend.  Police ended up shooting and killing the chimp because they could not gain control of the situation, and I believe the woman’s friend was critically injured.  Late night stand up routines had a field day with the story, as apparently the woman treated this animal as her child, and this was not the first time he had run-a-muck in the town.

The New York Post took a different approach.  They featured a cartoon in the paper and on their website today that showed two cops and a dead chimp.  One cop is holding a smoking gun towards the chimp and the caption reads: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”  Needless to say people are up in arms as this cartoon seems to paint a not so flattering picture of President Obama.  At best it is mocking his stimulus bill as something so bad a chimp could have written it.  At worst it is insinuating that in some way President Obama and a dead chimp have a lot in common.  Things that make you go hmmm….

We can all agree the cartoon was in poor taste.  It’s like someone drawing a parody of a rape victim…you just don’t do it! Al Sharpton was Johnny on the spot demanding an apology, but The New York Post had this to say: The cartoon is a clear parody of a current 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.  I am no huge Sharpton fan, but I don’t think this constitutes “publicity opportunism”.  Certain things common sense should just tell you not to do, and obviously there is a little common sense missing on the New York Post editorial team.  Common sense should tell you not to make fun of or do any type of parody of abused children, victims of rape, or ANYTHING that might insinuate any type of relationship between Black men and apes/monkeys/chimps.

In my opinion, the statement by the Post is in a word: REACHING!  There is no cleaning it up, and they would have done better to just come out and say they made a joke in poor taste and offer profuse apologies.  Instead they chose to dig in their heel and stand behind a dangerous and reprehensible picture.  What’s your take on this Epiphanyblog?


February 19, 2009 - Posted by | News, Obama, Opinion, Politics


  1. Sad to say, but this is no surprise. The NYP is a rag with little journalistic integrity. I’m sure they refer to Obama as a monkey in staff meetings constantly anyway. I just wonder if the cartoonist was trying to say he wanted to see Obama dead, because he obviously thinks Obama is a primate.

    Comment by JBlaze | February 19, 2009

  2. I heard about this on the radio on my ride home yesterday. As soon as I got home I went on-line to look at the picture. There is no doubt in my mind that this artist is making a direct correlation to the old stereotype that African Americans are one step up from apes and monkeys. This is not just an attack on Obama but an attack on all African Americans.

    Who has been traveling around the country pushing for the Stimulus Bill…Obama. Who wrote most of it…Obama and his administration. And the caption says they will have to find someone else to write the next Stimulus Bill while an ape lies SHOT on the ground. The parody is clear to me! A very dangerous image to put out there.

    This is a deliberate, racist, demeaning, reprehensive attack on the President of the United States and it’s time to get behind him the same way we did to get him elected. It will only take a minute to write a short message on-line to the NY Post and demand an apology. Stop buying the paper and let the companies that buy ads in the newspaper know we will not buy their products either.

    The only thing that hurt these people are an impact in their pockets. We need to let them know this mess stops now or there will be repercussions. I’m proud of Rev. Sharpton for jumping on this so quickly and we need to support his efforts. This has to be nipped in the bud now. If we let the NY Post get away with this there will be more!

    Comment by Miss Linda | February 19, 2009

  3. I think they are just saying what some people, specifically those “other” races are actually feeling. You know there is always one person that speaks with some are thinking. We knew when President Obama got elected that we were going to take a journey back into the time. The time in which ignorance was spoken and displayed as being ok.

    We just have to take a stand and let them know that it is not acceptable. We have to stand and support President Obama and let them know that this behavior will not be tolerated.

    We must use the power we have as a people to unite in prayer and protect the person that has been choosen to lead us. We have to come up with a different approach other then the likes of Al Sharpton in order to let racism know we are here to stay. I cannot say that I know what that looks like but I can say that the baton has been passed to us and we must make a stand.

    The NY Post is definitely out of order and I would imagine if the Final Call, Ebony or Essence protrayed such cartoons in their publications and directed it towards those other racial groups or even just suggest some kind of violence towards them, we would be charged with some sort of “terroristic threats”.

    It is saddening to know that the NY Post is not the only one who feels this way. They are many that we won’t see and others we will just hear about. We just need to be prepared to react in a way that exposes ignorance and puts us on top.

    Comment by Venom | February 19, 2009

  4. Their just trying newspapers with shock tactics. And guess what it worked.

    Comment by The Lone Wolf | February 19, 2009

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