“If you’re making a joke and it involves a monkey and a black person, you’re probably going to get called a racist. … If a black person can be connected through six degrees of separation with your monkey, then don’t make the joke.” ~ Raving Black Lunatic
Dear Lady with the Now-Deceased Nutty Chimp:
When a person loses a pet, no matter the circumstances, it’s a tough situation. Unless you are Michael Vick, but you’re not. That said, I’m sincerely sorry for your loss and for what happened to your friend.
I’m writing this letter to you, though, because I want you to apologize as well. I need for you to accept culpability for the drama that has unfolded in the wake of your chimp literally going apeshit. Why you? Because your chimpanzee gave that New York Post cartoonist the fodder to draw up that ridiculous sketch for Wednesday’s paper.
Yes, it was in poor taste and a racial oversight of sorts. But it shouldn’t be the huge ordeal it has become (no one got upset when someone compared George W. Bush to a monkey). But America, parts of which believed racism died the day President Obama was elected, and Rev. Al Sharpton are making this an unnecessary dramatization for profit. Surprise, surprise.
Why won’t people realize and accept that ethnic disputes and racism, however subtle or unintentional, aren’t going anywhere anytime soon? There’s a cultural war going on in Israel that began long before any of our grandparents’ grandparents’ grandparents’ grandparents’ grandparents’ grandparents’ grandparents’ grandparents’ grandparents’ grandparents … … were alive.
It’s not just randomness.
This considered, our melting pot of a nation shouldn’t be outraged to a point where people want to boycott The Post like it’s 1955 in Montgomery, Ala. Instead, we need to continue doing the necessary work to get mindful minority eyes in a position to keep similar foolishness from going to print in the future. We’re on the right track as a nation. Remember, we have a black president.
But there clearly weren’t a set of black or mindful eyes looking at that cartoon before it hit the presses. I can’t blame you for that part.
But I will fault you for having a batcrazy chimp that put the seed in that cartoonist’s mind to think subtly comparing President Obama and his stimulus bill to your dead chimp might be a genius idea. Someone has to take the blame, and it’s apparent The Post staff won’t do so with sincerity. You have to remember that their owner is a devout Sarah Palin fan.