18 February 2009

Racist or Racially Insensitive/Ignorant?

This cartoon was published in the conservative New York Post.

Here's the backstory: Some domesticated chimpanzee in Stamford, CT, had lyme disease, went crazy, and attacked his (human) next-door neighbor. The cops were called (after his owner stabbed him) and shot him to death.
So, here's the question: Was Sean Delonas being a racist by comparing President Obama to a monkey, or was he just completely insensitive to the notion that perhaps people would take it that way? Surely he could've figured out that people would respond negatively, right? And the paper's editors didn't say anything about it? Smells fishy to me, but I'll let you decide.

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