Thursday, February 19, 2009
This racist cartoon is a disgrace. And you know what else is a disgrace? People pretending it's not explicitly racist. Are you fucking kidding me? It's not just a backhanded racist slur, it's like a death threat right out of a Klan newsletter. Fuck the NY Post for running this and not issuing an apology.
I heard a little thing on NPR today with a cartoonist saying he didn't read it as racist and people called in with "... I saw it as an allegory about congress..." I am certain I have grown up in a country where equating African-Americans with monkeys or apes is a common slur. Is it too uncomfortable or embarrassing for white people to admit we know racial slurs? Or is that we are ashamed and it's easier for us to be like, "Whaaat, I didn't even think that!"? That's bullshit. Or do people want to keep these racist tropes available by pretending that they don't know the meaning? This whole thing is infuriating.
The Post has offered a non-apology that is unbelievably offensive. I'm never buying the Post again.
Posted by ZS at 7:46 PM