Civil Rights Leaders, Officials Outraged Over Cartoon

Civil rights leaders and some elected officials are voicing outrage over a cartoon that appears in the New York Post.

They say it compares President Barack Obama to the violent chimpanzee that was gunned down by police in Connecticut this week.

Critics say it echoes racist stereotypes of blacks as monkeys. National Association of Black Journalists president Barbara Ciara calls the cartoon "nothing short of racist drivel."

It shows two police officers, one with a smoking gun, standing over the body of a chimp. The caption reads, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."

Some critics are calling for a boycott of the Post and its advertisers.

But the Post's editor-in-chief says the cartoon simply uses the shooting of the chimp to mock "Washington's efforts to revive the economy."

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  • by $$$ on Mar 6, 2009 at 06:31 AM
    No Snake you are the one that never got the point. You went around saying the African America vote got Obama elected and now you are more or less saying 87% were whites and Hispanics. It would have taken more than 13% of the votes to change the out come of this election if that is what you are trying to say.
  • by C on Mar 4, 2009 at 01:42 AM
    Somewhere in America, a white policeman is forced to kill a black assailant. Jackson, Sharpton and co. are there to denounce the obvious racism on the officer's part. Meanwhile,legions of conservative voters refuse to vote for a black liberal politician at election time. Rainbow Coalition swoops down; labels all of these voters as racists. Elsewhere, a white person is denied a job so it can be given to a less-qualified black person. Do Jackson and co. also call this racism ? Nope; THAT is "Affirmative Action". To them, racism is okay if it's being perpetrated against whites. They have found that if things don't go their way, shouting "Racism!" is the quickest way to get whatever they want. They put Martin L. King Jr. on a pedestal, while IGNORING the line in his famous speech that said people should be judged not for their skin color, but for their character. Am I a racist ? No. But I AM sick of these bigoted hypocrites that have the nerve to call themselves "civil rights leaders" !
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 2, 2009 at 04:02 PM
    $$$, seems you didn't get the point. If 13% voted for the chosen one then the other votes had to come from whites and hispanics. Like I said, he couldn't have won with just the black vote.
  • by AL Location: Greene Co on Feb 28, 2009 at 10:02 AM
    To Alex, I am a White male who is proud of his heritage. I am also part Cherokee Indian. I too am proud of that heritage too! I Do Not feel sorry for what happened over a 100 years ago during the Civil War. I had nothing to do with it, so there for I am not sorry! People need to get in their sorry heads no one is owed a living by what happened to their ancestors. You are responsible for your own actions!It is like if a black man or Chinese man went and killed someone would you make the whole race pay for this one mans crime?? This is what Adolf Hitler did to the Jews. Yes the Holocaust did happen, but it was not all Germans who did it. Just like all Southerners who fought on the Confederate side did not own slaves! only about 5% of the 100% owned slaves.The Civil rights leader Martin L. King was a good man. So was Malcolm X. I learned more about Black Americans than my dad wanted me too! It was MY choice. We all gotta get along and we need to look past skin and look into the heart!
  • by VBush Location: MHCY on Feb 24, 2009 at 06:50 AM
    This whole 'civil rights' point of view is simple. All those who make their living beating the 'civil rights drum' need to justify their existence or else they would have to get a real job. This will continue ad nauseam as it has for years. With the election of Obama, they really don't have any leg left to stand on. There is Colin Powell, Condoliza Rice, Clarence Thomas, Barack Obama and a whole host of others (who aren't sports figures,movie stars or singers) we could name that have blown their whole platform into the abyss. They will continue without any real cause simply because without racial issues...THEY DON'T HAVE A JOB. Public indignation justifies their very existence. They are well aware of this fact, and will continue to make something out of nothing until the end of time.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Feb 24, 2009 at 03:00 AM
    You cannot embrace sin and sinful lifestyles and be a Christian, so back to the drawing board and drop the phony Christianity stuff. I wasn't shut up on anything. If we are not a free market, there is no such thing on earth. To accept him is not to accept anything including the unrepentant homosexual, it is to accept those who repent, not those who abide. Turn away from that lifestyle because God will accept no unrepented sin into heaven.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2009 at 09:09 AM
    it is just a cartoon people. Get over it. The NAACP gets involved in anything they think is racial. If it were a cartoon of a piece of cracked guned down during the Bush presidency, everyone would be laughing.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 22, 2009 at 09:02 AM
    I'm just glad to see that others feel this is just as idiotic as I do. Where's the racial slur? They picked on everything Bush and every other president ALL the time, was that racial? Nope....leave it up to Al Sharpton....
  • by $$$$ on Feb 22, 2009 at 08:51 AM
    Just when did 13% of the American people have the ability to elect the President. What about the other 87% of Americans, who the hell did they vote for? Snake you can't fool people into believing no white people voted for Obama. We know for a fact that hundreds of thousands of white folks voted for him. Snake you need to get a new horse to beat because your horse died years ago.
  • by Brenda Location: greenville on Feb 22, 2009 at 08:00 AM
    Good point Alex!

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