Friday, February 20, 2009

The Left's Shameful Slurring of Monkey Cartoonist

FOR EIGHT YEARS, THE LEFT HAS PORTRAYED CONDI RICE IN RACIST AND SEXIST GRAPHICS. NOW, THEY'RE WORKED UP OVER A CARTOON THAT MOCKS THE MAIN AUTHOR OF THE STIMULUS BILL The shameful attacks on New York Post cartoonist Sean Delonas continue. It is fed only by ignorance and a hypocritical effort by the Left to portray opponents to Barack Obama's economic policies as racists. The cartoon in question shows two cops standing over a chimpanzee that has been shot dead. One cop says to the other, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill" as smoke comes from his pistol. Lunatics and ignoramuses nationwide jumped to the wrong conclusion that the cartoonist was portraying Barack Obama as a chimp (many incorrectly say "monkey"). They are wrong, dead wrong. Obama did not write the stimulus bill. White dude David Obey (D-WI) is the primary author. As the New York Times pointed out, "Indeed, it was Mr. Obey, the third-most-senior member of the House, who, in large measure, shaped the bill, in concert with other House Democratic leaders." So, if the cartoon compares anybody to the author of the stimulus bill, it's Obey or "House Democratic leaders" collectively, not Barack Obama. I wrote about this on Wednesday ("Obama Not Monkey Who Wrote Stimulus"). And by the way, is it racist to portray a white guy as a chimp, as has been done thousands of times to George W. Bush? Why is it only black people who can scream racism when that happens? I mean, we're all apes, right? Today, I received a hysterical (as in panicked, not funny) email from a woman who lives on Chicago's north side (we'll call her "X"). She loves to send - and forward - mass emails, and I usually read them and then delete them after a brief chuckle. Today's email from "X" was a forwarding of an ignorant rant from "," and it moved me to respond "to all" with an explanation as to why they are so obviously wrong about the wrongly infamous cartoon. The full text of the woman's email and my response are below; only names and email addresses have been removed. I have also inserted an occasional comment (in red; all graphics here were added by me). As you read the letter from "X," ask yourself why she and others did not protest when their fellow Liberals depicted Condoleezza Rice and other African-Americans in racist ways. Dear X, I respectfully disagree with you. Although I agree that portraying a black person as an ape or a monkey is just wrong, the cartoon in question simply did not do so. Here's why: The cartoon says that they'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill, Well guess what - Barack Obama may have signed it, but he did NOT write it. Rep. David Obey of Wisconsin, a white guy, is credited as the primary author. Others contributed to the writing of it. So if anybody could be seen as being compared to a monkey or ape, it would be the white man David Obey. That being said, the cartoonist made no reference to Barack Obama. The implication of the cartoon is that even a chimpanzee could have written the bill, a commentary on the quality of the legislation. You can disagree with that; perhaps you like putting the nation into debt for a trillion dollars. That's not the point. The point is that there was nothing racist about that cartoon. Only an ignorance of who actually wrote the bill - and of who did not - could lead one to panic and assume (incorrectly) that it was Barack Obama. X, where were you when Condaleezza Rice was being portrayed by the Left in vicious, racist cartoons and photo manipulation? There seems to be a hypocrisy here, and an overblown one at that. To those who disagree with me, I ask you: Who do you think wrote the stimulus bill? After you search for yourself and discover that it was not Mr. Obama, will you send around an email apologizing for the libeling of a cartoonist who is innocent of your charges? Respectfully, Tom Mannis Chicago News Bench --- On Thu, 2/19/09, X wrote: From: X Subject: about that New York Post cartoon To: [group] Date: Thursday, February 19, 2009, 10:05 PM Yesterday, the day after President Obama signed the stimulus bill, his first major piece of legislation, the New York Post ran a cartoon depicting the bill's author as a dead monkey, covered in blood after being shot by police. NOTE: This was not Obama's "piece of legislation," as the New York Times explains. He signed it, but he did not write it. In the face of intense criticism, The Post's editor is standing by the cartoon, claiming it has no racial undertones, that it's not about Obama, and that it was simply referencing an incident earlier this week when police shot a pet chimpanzee (an argument that pundits and analysts simply aren't buying). NOTE: SOME pundits and analysts aren't buying it, but plenty of others are. It's impossible to believe that any newspaper editor could be ignorant enough to not understand how this cartoon evokes a history of racist symbolism, or how frightening this image feels at a time when death threats against President Obama have been on the rise. NOTE: It's difficult to believe that people can be so ignorant as to who actually wrote - and did not write - the stimulus bill. Notice that "X" offers no substantion of her claim that death threats against Obama are "on the rise." Please join us in demanding that The Post apologize publicly and fire the editor who allowed this cartoon to go to print: The Post would have us believe that the cartoon is not about Obama. But on the page just before the cartoon appears, there's a big picture of Obama signing the stimulus bill. NOTE: The cartoon is NOT about Obama. See above. A reader paging through The Post would see Obama putting pen to paper, then turn the page to see this violent cartoon. The imagery is chilling. NOTE: Yes, an IGNORANT reader who is unaware that Barack Obama did NOT write the stimulus bill. There is a clear history in our country of racist symbolism that depicts Black people as apes or monkeys, and it came up multiple times during the presidential campaign. We're also in a time of increased race-based violence. In the months following President Obama's election there has been a nationwide surge in hate crimes ranging from vandalism to assaults to arson on Black churches. There has been an unprecedented number of threats gainst [sic] President Obama since he was elected, with hate-based groups fantasizing about the killing of the president. Just a week ago, a man drove from Louisiana to the Capitol with a rifle, telling the police who stopped him that he had a "delivery" for the president. NOTE: Today's young black males kill more young black males in a year than the Ku Klux Klan killed in its entire history. Between 1882 and 1968, historians have documented more than 4,700 lynchings of African Americans, mostly in the South. In 2005, the latest full year of FBI statistics, almost 8,000 black Americans were murdered, mostly by other black Americans. (Source) And by the way, I lost count years ago as to how many times I heard Liberals tell me they'd love to shoot Dick Cheney or George W. Bush. But I guess it doesn't count as hateful if the threat is made against white men. There is no excuse for The Post to have allowed this cartoon to be printed, and even less for Editor Col Allan's outright dismissal of legitimate concerns. NOTE: There is no excuse for your vile lies about this cartoon, or your defamation of a cartoonist, based on your ignorance of who authored the stimulus bill. But let's be clear about who's behind The Post: Rupert Murdoch. Murdoch, the Post's owner, is the man behind FOX News Channel. FOX has continually attacked and denigrated Black people, politicians, and institutions at every opportunity, and we've run several campaigns to make clear how FOX poisons public debate. NOTE: Let's be clear about who is behind the slanderous, libelous email. It's ignorant, race-baiting, hateful Leftists who don't care about the truth and are willing to crucify an innocent cartoonist just to score political points. We don't expect much from Murdoch. However, with enough public pressure we can set the stage for advertisers and subscribers to think long and hard before patronizing outlets like the Post that refuse to be held accountable. You can help by making it clear that the Post's behavior is unacceptable, and by asking your friends and family to do the same. It only takes a minute: NOTE: I urge anybody interested in truth and justice to contact and ask them why they are so ignorant about who wrote the stimulus bill, and are so willing to defame the New York Post cartoonist. Write to -- James, Gabriel, Clarissa, William, Dani and the rest of the team February 19th, 2009 NOTE: Shame on you all. Subscription Management: This is a message from To remove yourself from our list, click here: To change your email address or update your contact info, send an email to ===========End of original message text=========== CNB RSS Feed