Is This Cartoon Racist?

UPDATE II: Yes, this is Ape week here at AOI, what can I say? Check out THIS correction over at Huffington Post:

John Gibson Did Not Compare Eric Holder To Monkey With Bright Blue Scrotum (UPDATED) The Huffington Post has learned that the below video has been doctored. We regret the error and apologize to Mr. Gibson. John Gibson never compared Eric Holder to a monkey with a bright blue scrotum. Rather, as seen in the unedited video below, Gibson played audio of Holder saying “nation of cowards” — so his full, unedited remarks were:”We were talking about Eric Holder today on the radio and his comment that this is a nation of cowards.” The video was doctored to include Trace Gallagher’s voice saying, “bright blue scrotum” where Gibson played Holder’s “nation of cowards” remark. The Huffington Post does not know the source of the video’s doctoring — it was picked up off TVNewser.

Awesome retraction. Hopefully our  Acre of Independence editors will fact-check our posts in a stern manner, and preclude us from ever having to retract any scrotum-related comments!

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UPDATE: The Post caved:

On Thursday night the tabloid newspaper apologized “to those who were offended by the image,” in an editorial on its Web site. “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. “Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon – even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.”

Drudge links to a story that the Post ran last summer, citing Al Sharpton’s tax problems,  perhaps the genesis of the protest?

This Cartoon appeared in Yesterday’s New York Post

Is it racist? Al Sharpton apparently thinks so:

The Rev. Al Sharpton and community activists say the image lampooning President Barack Obama’s stimulus plan is racist. Activists, politicians and civil rights leaders gathered Thursday outside the New York Post headquarters in Manhattan.  CBS 2 HD spoke with many protestors who expressed outrage over the cartoon.  “I’m outraged that they’d have the audacity to use this cartoon and not think that it would have an impact for people…how in the world do you have the audacity?” asked Hazel Dukes, President of the New York State NAACP and member of the organization’s national board of directors.  “It’s kind of a vicious personal attack. The attacks are beginning. They obviously have a racist character, which is highly upsetting and disappointing,” said Upper West Side resident Michael Skakum. Post Editor in Chief Col Allan issued a statement on Wednesday saying, “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.”  Rev. Sharpton wants the Post to take some action against the cartoonist and the editor who approved it. Otherwise, he said, he’ll ask advertisers to boycott. There was no further comment from the newspaper.

Isn’t the cartoonist implying that the Stimulus bill is so bad that crazed monkeys (like the one in the tony Connecticut suburbs that bit the hands and face off of someone a few days ago before being shot to death by the cops) could have written  it? That what I inferred when I looked at it.  It could be just me, but I don’t find it racist at all.  But maybe if the Stamford police had shot a violent, distraught circus clown to death over the weekend, the cartoonist would not have struck a nerve. No one likes clowns, after all, and they have no advocacy groups.   .    .

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