NAACP Urges NY Post To Fire Cartoonist And Editor

NEW YORK (AP) -- The head of the NAACP on Saturday urged readers to boycott the New York Post, calling a cartoon that the newspaper published an invitation to assassinate President Barack Obama.

Benjamin Todd Jealous, president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, called on the tabloid to remove editor-in-chief Col Allan, as well as longtime cartoonist Sean Delonas.

Earlier this week, the newspaper apologized to anyone who might have been offended by the image printed Wednesday, which some say likens Obama to a violent chimpanzee gunned down by police in Connecticut.

Jealous said the cartoon was "an invitation to assassination."

On Thursday, after protests by notable figures including director Spike Lee, the paper posted an editorial on its Web site saying the cartoon was meant to mock the federal economic stimulus bill, but "to those who were offended by the image, we apologize."

A spokeswoman for the newspaper referred The Associated Press to the paper's editorial when asked Saturday about the proposed NAACP boycott.

Jealous called the editorial "a half of an apology, without elaboration."

The drawing, he said, "picks off the scabs of all the racial wounds."

He spoke as the NAACP gathered for its annual meeting in New York, where it was founded a century ago.

NAACP officials said that if the Post does not take "serious disciplinary action," they would reach out to organizations across the country to join them in their efforts against the tabloid.

NAACP Chairman Julian Bond called the publication of the cartoon "thoughtlessness taken to the extreme. ... Anyone who is not offended by it does not have any sensitivity."

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  • by MB Location: Greenville on Mar 3, 2009 at 01:38 PM
    Once again a loud mouth with no job wants someone else to lose a job. "Offended" people get offended everyday so NAACP needs to stop crying and move forward. THey always take the "IF I can't have my way I will protest and ruin things for others." Don't buy the Post, your choice. And others can make theirs but SHUT UP ALREADY!
  • by C on Mar 2, 2009 at 02:49 PM
    Obama Snake Oil: How have you been, amigo ? Hopefully,the WITN moderator will forgive us for getting so far off topic! Anyway, I could'nt agree with you more. When the old cartoons are shown these days,almost all of that wonderful physical comedy is conspicuously absent. Elmer blowing Daffy's beak off with his shotgun STILL leaves me laughing, but the PC crowd has long since "sterilized" the great cartoons of yesteryear. Buying the DVD sets seem to be the only option. For that matter, I also grew up watching The Three Stooges, but NEVER did it enter my mind to poke my brother in the eyes ! Well, one last item: Check out Youtube for what has to be the funniest Droopy cartoon ever made. Just type in "Deputy Droopy" and go with the first one that comes up. Then, turn up the volume, maximize the picture, and prepare to laugh yourself to tears ! Highest Regards, C
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 2, 2009 at 12:08 PM
    It was called the Bugs Bunny Road Runner hour you waskley ole wabbitts. We all grew up with it but it is now deems too dangerous for kids to see? C, this is a classic example of PC. Most all of us watched this Saturday morning, dem or rep. We didn't try building ACME machines or jumping off a cliff. The amazing genious about these cartoons is they were as entertaining to adults as children, the underlying meanings and words. Well, as Fog horn leg horn would say, "that dog is as suttle as a hand grenade in a water barrel".
  • by C on Feb 28, 2009 at 12:31 PM
    To AL : Sounds like you and I would get along famously ! I will never forget the great days of Saturday morning cartoons, and the Looney Tunes gang were certainly the mainstay. If you're interested, the DVDs I mentioned are "Looney Tunes: Golden Collection" and have several volumes; if you can't find them at Sam's you might try Best Buy or Amazon. They're un-edited and fabulously politically incorrect ! Thanks for the kind words,and take care ! C
  • by AL Location: Greene Co on Feb 28, 2009 at 10:08 AM
    Alpha, Honey if WITN is your therapy you really need to seek a place like Holly Hill or Cherry or some out Patient therapy! Freud is gone but there are a lot of couches you can find to lay on and tell the man what a horrible life you have me friend! Really get a job and a life baby! Love ya!
  • by AL Location: Greene Co on Feb 28, 2009 at 10:04 AM
    OMG! C you are soo funny ! I loved the Looney tunes ! You made me smile for that! Thanks!! You wascally wabbit!
  • by C on Feb 27, 2009 at 02:03 AM
    This is for Think About This : I know exactly what you're talking about; I myself saw those horrible coyote / roadrunner cartoons. I found them disturbing, but also curiously nostalgic. I found myself compelled to go to Sam's Club and buy several volumes of DVDs of these cartoons, and found that we've only scratched the surface . Why, they even showed a bald-headed hunter with a shotgun and a speech impediment blasting a duck to smithereens! A cat with a lisp trying to devour a helpless, Brooklyn-accented canary! Glorifying animal violence while simultaneously making fun of speaking difficulties ! HORRORS ! You're right; PETA and the ASPCA need to act on this immediately ! Meanwhile, I'm pretty sure that poor coyote has a pretty good lawsuit against the ACME corporation......
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Feb 26, 2009 at 10:49 AM
    Tad, I prefer the more affluent black and racially diverse communities. Anyway, I will not be in any dangerous community after dark. However, that has no effect on the comments I've made on this board. It does not take away from the merit of the many great contributions of African Americans.
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Feb 25, 2009 at 10:07 PM
    Cat, you are right as usual, it is funny. The Unwise one, I'd like to drop you off some Saturday night about midnight in one of the wonderful project neighborhoods in Williamston, Rocky Mount, Kinston, Greenville, Plymouth or Durham. You may become a more honest debater.
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Feb 25, 2009 at 07:09 PM
    Think about this... That was frick'n HILARIOUS!

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