Well, that didn’t take very long now, did it? As if the question of a post-racial U.S. in the age of Obama was to ever be taken seriously, the recent controversial political cartoon published by the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post comparing the President to a violent chimpanzee show how far we indeed have to go. Since Obama is the main architect and author of the stimulus bill, this racist depiction is undoubtedly aimed at him (as is the smoking gun of the cartoon cop) and is troubling on so many levels. Soon after Attorney General Eric Holder called the U.S. “a nation of cowards,” when it comes to race, the editors of the NY Post hid behind the familiar barricade of white denial when they issued the following “apology.”
“It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill. Period. But it has been taken as something else – as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism. This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize. However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with the Post in the past – and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback. To them, no apology is due. Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon – even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.”
And sometimes a racist is just a racist! During the presidential campaign, a southerner made a quick name for himself by selling t-shirts comparing Obama to curious george. He, of course, denied that racism was the motivation behind his t-shirt. Similarly, the NY Post can’t say that they ran a racist and violently provocative cartoon. Can’t racists please just admit they are racist anymore? This cloak of white denial is chicken-shit. Be straight up and upront with your racism! I much prefer it that way. The Post thinks that its cartoon is being characterized as “thinly veiled racism,” and the corporate media is framing the critique of the cartoon by using phrases like “critics say” or “appears to link.” No! It is what it is!
I guess this is life in “Post-Racial” America, eh? Sigh…