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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