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NAACP Launches Campaign Over NY Post Cartoon

By Krissah Thompson
Whether he wants it or not, the NAACP launched a campaign on the president's behalf today.

Members of the civil rights group, upset about the publication of a cartoon in the New York Post they say depicts President Obama as a murdered chimpanzee, planned small protests at Fox affiliates in 50 cities today, with some taking place at noon and others scheduled for later today. The demonstrations come on the heels of a recent protest led by the Rev. Al Sharpton, who leads the National Action Network, at the New York tabloid's headquarters last week.

The Fox stations and the New York Post are owned by the same company, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.

The White House has had held its tongue on the cartoon and subsequent protests. But a week after the publication of the cartoon, the debate continues.

Ben Jealous, president of the NAACP, says the group's membership is still riled up about the cartoon and remains vigilant about racist and violent depictions of the country's first African American president. More than 25,000 have signed an NAACP petition in protest and are asking the New York Post's owners and managers to fire the cartoonist and his editor and create a plan to diversify its news operation.

"That cartoon was not simply an affront to the black community or to people of color," Jealous said. "It's and affront to all Americans. It's an affront to the American ideal of unity, and it's very divisive and unpatriotic."

The newspaper has explained that the cartoon did not depict Obama and was meant to mock what it called an "ineptly written" stimulus bill. Murdoch has also issued an apology.

By Web Politics Editor  |  February 26, 2009; 5:05 PM ET
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Comments

I still believe Booker T Washington had it right. NAACP re-birth yourself!

Posted by: lsa1802 | March 1, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

With all due respect to the NAACP and the good it has done over the years, I believe the organization is showing it's need for updating. I can appreciate the response by the organization and the many others who saw the chimp, read the caption and then on the following page saw the discussion regarding country's economic situation and Obama's stimulation efforts. My own first reaction was, "Oh, no they didn't!!" No one bothered to pay attention to the killing of the assaultive chimp by police earlier in the week. The mention of stimulus was enough to associate the cartoons' intentions to racist propositions and mischief. C'mon folks, this kind of crap ain't helping us grow up at all. I am a black American born in the 40's who has lived through Jim Crow times and have thus lived with racism when it was popular.
The cartoon wasn't! The hypersensitivity and absolute refusal to accept a different point of view but insist on accusing and condemning is just wrong!! NAACP, you are sending the wrong message and crying "wolf" when there is none. Stop it!

Posted by: cwthurman | March 1, 2009 1:38 AM | Report abuse

Why does the NAACP keep using such an archair term as "colored"? Wy not darkies, blacks, negroes, or african-american? Why do they have to separate themselves from the rest of the US population anyway? Don't bother explaining. My questions are just rhetorical ....

Posted by: curt7425 | February 28, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

What on earth has a depiction of Obama as a chimp got to do with race or racial discrimination? These NAACP idiots are clutching at straws that just do not exist. Would NAACP complain if Obama was depicted as a white guy? After all, he is just as much white as he is black. Talk about stupidity - these NAACP people have it in spades.... (pardon the pun).

Posted by: ziggyzap | February 27, 2009 11:53 PM | Report abuse

What are these race-baiters up to now? By God, I'm waiting for a note of sympathy for that poor chimp who, after a tragic death following years of being a slave owned by a white woman who treated him like a dull-witted child, is now being used to support the first in a series of desparate attempts to revive the careers of professional African malcontents who, unfortunately for them, find themselves held prisoner in a country (America) populated by "racial cowards" with a black man at its head thereby depriving them of their trusted club with which to pummel white folks. Whew...how's that for a run-on sentence? But I had to stick up for that misused, misunderstood chimp who was probably born out of wedlock, as is true for roughly 75% of his kind. His environment probably led to his violent attack on another white woman...his "master" probably let him wear his diaper "jailhouse-style" down around his butt and pumped into his cell a non-stop menu of rap. That alone would drive a creature to commit mayhem. Just read tomorrow's newspapers if you don't agree. He was never really expected to accomplish much...he knew he'd always have a roof over his head and a reliable source for food provided by a cynical and powerful elite who took his loyalty for granted yet refused to live in his world. Rumor has it that a steady diet of bananas kept him docile for most of each day. As is so often the case, he sure fooled them. A possible role model, Coco, obviously failed to inspire him...Coco was frequently shunned by her own kind for "actin' human". The possibility once existed that since Coco was high-functioning it might have led to a meaningful career as a liason between her kind and ours but it was never realized. She would have been better off joining a circus for major bank, but "the man" held her back for his own selfish reasons...not the least of which was the fear that she might one day mate with a human. So let's agree that this poor chimp is being stereotyped - and ended up dead - for doing nothing more or less than acting out based on environment, upbringing and a prediliction for violence. MoveOn.org y'all...especially the far less high-functioning Reverends Al and Jesse.

Posted by: ddnfla | February 27, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Ever stop to wonder why minorities like Asians from all countries seem to flourish in the U.S. How about Lations, they are in general honest hardworking family oriented folks. Stop to think about the Congressional Black Caucas. Not too many of them but look at the number of crooks like Rangel, Burris, and Jefferson. It is no wonder 25 percent of black children are born out of wedlock and 75 percent are raised in single family homes. Everytime an opportunity comes along to unite as people of the U.S. you get the self serving leaders like Marion Barry of DC that basically screws his people. Look all all the black millionaire athletes, helping to up lift their race or stuffing drugs up their nose. The NAACP is a hate organization and Al Sharpton is a racial bigot.

Posted by: 2tired | February 27, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

what a bunch os a**hole's if you can't see whats wrong it is because you don't want to see itjust don't teach that garbage to your children and do the world a favor and go back to school just like the President asked us to do this is so very sad

Posted by: yourabsolute | February 27, 2009 7:43 PM | Report abuse

AL Sharpton??? Does anyone remember Tawana Brawley? Why do people of African Heritage call themselves African-American? The POTUS is half black, should we not refer to him as Euro/African-American? Oh, we cant mention that, we might offend the rev al sharpton and rile up the NAACP (National Assoc Advancemnt of Caucasian Peoples). I thought the cartoon was on the mark and no refrence made about the POTUS, it was congress that wrote this lamea$$ stimuli pkg. Barack Obama is my president, yes I am worried he will ruin this great country, but I still support him because he was elected by my fellow Americans(I omitted the hyphenationed ones)America + can of whoopass = peace.

Posted by: hubbards | February 27, 2009 7:08 PM | Report abuse

peplz-Sorry if the Truth Hurts!

BUT, the SIMPLE Fact remains. Africans ENSLAVED Africans!

Slaves headed for the New World-or, elsewhere, were already just that!

Cursing the Buyers, does not change the FACT, that if the SLAVES were NOT Purchased;

They would have been Killed!

As far as the United Negro College Fund...

If I wanted to support the United Whitey College Fund;

What would YOU call me? ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 27, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

"NAACP = Hypocrisy

If there was no intent to defame then don't read something into a cartoon that was not there. If the NAACP is so interested in stamping out racism then why are they not actively campaigning to get rid of affirmative action which by its very nature is discrimiation in action. How much money is the NAACP expending to protect the whites in South Africa an overwhelming minority? There seems to be no problem with having a United Negro College Fund, how is that not racist?

Pathetic!"

Posted by: TBracewell

Typical racist rant. Negro colleges were established because blacks, who paid taxes, were barred by law from attending public white colleges. When their football players began dominating the NFL, northern colleges began recruiting the players. When Alabama and the other southern teams started having their heads handed to them by northern teams, Bear Bryant and his fellow crackers had to recruit them, too.

Affirmative action came about because even though governments were supposed to be evenhanded, they weren't. It was so egregious that the courts had to impose it. Black farmers couldn't get Dept. of Agriculture loans that white farmers could, and their farms went bankrupt so whites could buy them at fire-sale prices. But enough of that: your ignorance of history and society is as profound as your apparent lack of education. If you are white and haven't succeeded in America, then you are truly an inferior person.

Posted by: edwcorey | February 27, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Having grown up in a southern state as a white person, I can well understand Rev. Sharpton's and the NAACP's anger at this cartoon. The combination of the cartoon, the use of the sad story of the Chimp that had to be killed, and the first African American president presents those whose hate and anger overwhelms their sense to think about the unthinkable. I can affirm that it happened in the south and it can happen today. We don't need cartoons of any kind suggesting that shooting someone or some group is a legitimate redress of grievances. The New York Post should know better. For what it's worth, I think history shows that the NAACP was founded by Dr. W.E.B.
DuBois, a scholar and sociologist.

Posted by: lindahsmall | February 27, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Protect the whites in South Africa? Are you serious? You forgot about aparthied I guess. The poor little oppressed colonialsts. What about all the poor investment bankers that lost their multi-million dollar homes in financial crisis that they caused. I guess the NAACP should speak out for them too. Please...

Posted by: peplz | February 27, 2009 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember the cartoon Lil Bush that ran on Comedy Central during his Presidency? Farenheit 9/11. I believe I saw plenty of comics depicting Former President Bush as a chimpanzee, or worse. Its not a question of race, but rather lack of respect for people you disagree with. Liberals need to swallow some of their own medicine.

Posted by: bcasey2 | February 27, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"The NAACP is no different than the KKK."
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Except the NAACP doesn't engage in violence.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 27, 2009 3:48 PM | Report abuse

This campaign seems to be over Murdoch (and Fox News) than anything else. I recalled a similiarly offensive cartoon that portrayed Condi Rice as a maid - and yet, there was no such campaign. Why? Because, Doctor Rice, though just as black - if not more so - than Obama, worked in the Bush Administration. Apaprently racism is OK if directed at Republicans.

Posted by: CubsFan | February 27, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

There is a previous comment where someone wrote that Africans were enslaved by Africans and that the whites saved their lives by bringing them to America. He/She believes that we were done a favor by being enslaved. And then he says we were never slaves. Obviously, this person is trying to be as offensive as possible so he/she is not to be taken seriously. The problem is this is merely one of the most abrasive of the comments being made. But I have read others here and on different blogs that are pretty bad. They talk about thin skin. They blame the NAACP and Al Sharpton for the continuation of racism in America and completely forgive themselves for making these kinds of comments. If there is any question to why there is still a need for black people to come out against and protest incedents such as the NY Post cartoon debacle, the sentiment expressed from some these commentors on blogs like this should make it abundantly clear. You get mad because you feel blacks are too sensitive so you come out and say the most racist remarks you can think of. The irony is stunning. Plain and simple. The outrage against the outrage has shown Al Sharpton and NAACP to be exactly right for continueing the good fight. I hope we blacks get even more sensitive because it seems to cause some people to express their true bigoted feelings towards us. And we all get to see how far race relations have truly come. So please keep the hate coming if thats what you feel. And those that want to have a respectful and meaningful dialogue should should try to stay at the forefront of the conversation. To the previous commentor, good luck on making the United Negro College Fund out to be racist.!? Thats just idiotic.

Posted by: peplz | February 27, 2009 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"This ignorant campaign reminds me of the Muslims who went nuts over that Danish cartoon. Grow up.

Posted by: khoreia | February 27, 2009 12:04 PM"
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Are they rioting?, burning buildings?, making threats of bodily harm?

The Danish cartoon did not show Muhammad being murdered.

There are some distinctions here.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 27, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

peabody2,

Ditto! What does ole Al do for a living? The same thing as Jesse Jackson, nothing.

Posted by: mortified469 | February 27, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

2/3 of all black children are raised in single households.
1 in 4 young black men are in criminal justice system.
Getting an education is still looked on by innercity kids as "acting white."

But WHAT do Al Sharpton, NAACP, etc. choose to focus on, the past few years?

A cartoon.
An old idiot DJ (Don Imus.)
Defending a dog torturer (Michael Vick) and a drugged-out stripper (Duke lacrosse "rape victim.")
The NAACP cloaks itself in history and portrays itself as a "civil rights organization" but is little more than a headline-and-microphone chasing special interest group who wonders why its memebership has plummeted and its relevancy little more than a joke.
SHAME on you!!!

Posted by: peabody2 | February 27, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse


Roland from CNN (works in Chicago, i think WLS) says "hey, they did not put the words President on anything". In essence, he wasn't too upset.
However, it's the "power of suggestion".
So I checked the cartoon out. If you do notice, the gunshot wound on the chimp has a distinctive "O" (as in the dust from the bullet hole, etc. etc.).
So the "intent" for the "power of suggestion" is there. How deeply it should be interpreted is something else.
It was bad taste.

On another note, I am sad today. Rocky Mountain News in Denver has it's final edition today. 2 month shy of its 150th birthday. It's as if time is passing by so fast. (((sigh))))
They would never have run the cartoon.

I invited all the bloggers at the Snooze to come over to WaPo !!!!
May the Snooze be with you!!! We will miss you!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | February 27, 2009 2:35 PM | Report abuse

I am an African American and a Democrat, but I fail to understand why the NAACP relates the chimp in the cartoon to Obama. I related the chimp to the Democratic-led House of Representatives. If the NAACP wants to boycott something, I recomment Comedy Central and David Alan Grier for the menstrel show that is "Chocolate News". CNN and DL Hughgley's fake-news show could also use some scrutiny for its shenanigans.

Posted by: tlc20011 | February 27, 2009 1:53 PM | Report abuse

The nazi Murdoch and his klansman cartoonist deserve what they're getting. Paybacks!

Posted by: hfisher1 | February 27, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I am a democrat and an Obama backer but come on people get the race game out of your head. Once you become a political figure then you are fair game for about anything. Check all of the cartoons and even headline stories about both republicans and demorats over the years. Quit crying and get on with the campaign pledges or you will be a one termer and meybe not get another chance in years.

Posted by: SWAMPYPD | February 27, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

There are very good reasons why they are called "loony":

Remember how hysterically violent muslims got about cartoons of their Mohammed?

Same thing happens with the loony-left liberals and cartoons of their Messiah.

Lighten-up, loonies.

Posted by: LoonyLeft | February 27, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

I'm pretty well convinced that the infamous Pearson $54M lawsuit over a pair of slacks was racist. That is, it was an attempt to get rid those "other" people who make money in "your" neighborhood.

Golden rule anybody? Probably a few blacks around chuckling over that then denying any joy in seeing someone stick it to the Korean merchants.

I thought the cartoon was in bad taste, but it's hard for me to take up for others when they don't do the same.

Posted by: jhtlag1 | February 27, 2009 1:18 PM | Report abuse

The NAACP is no different than the KKK. Both are hate groups watching out for their own self interests. For them to say that "It's an affront to the American ideal of unity, and it's very divisive and unpatriotic," shows that the majority that voted a minority to be president were delusional in thinking times have changed. Why didn't Sharpton and the NAACP protest the New Yorker last year when they had a cartoon on their front cover depicting Nobama as a Muslim?

Posted by: 2tired | February 27, 2009 12:41 PM | Report abuse

NAACP, someone should sue you the next time an african-american shoots somebody in Wash DC/MD. NAACP/Al Sharpton, you are a bunch of losers. Bullets hurt more then cartoons. NAACAP are bunch of whiney babies.

Posted by: Italiaxxx | February 27, 2009 12:34 PM | Report abuse

This seems so self-serving. I saw that cartoon and assumed that the Chimpanzee was all of Washington, DC - President and Congress- and I actually thought it was funny.

Clearly the eyes of the beholder.

But if we can't accept an apology which was given even though there was no intent to malign, and still have to demonstrate about something clearly the demonstation isn't about the event but a way for the NAACP to prove relevance to their members.

Sad that we can't move beyond this- I would have thought the election of Barack Obama would help us begin. Clearly it hasn't to the Al Sharpton's of the world or the NAACP.

Posted by: peterdc | February 27, 2009 12:21 PM | Report abuse

Ben Jealous says his membership is "still riled up about THE cartoon." You know, that's the one showing a dead chimp having been shot, which the NAACP, Sharpton et al, said is a depiction of Barack Obama. The NAACP leadership, with Sharpton, "riled" up the membership, (if, indeed, that's true) by their stupid comparisons. Hmm. Dunno how they drew their conclusions. Obama didn't write the stimulus bill, Nancy Pelosi and her fellow chimps did. That was the point of the silly, unfunny cartoon in the first place.

NAACP? National Association for the Advancement of Chim Panzees? Get a life, Ben and Rev(enue) Al.

Posted by: Rodin | February 27, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

This ignorant campaign reminds me of the Muslims who went nuts over that Danish cartoon. Grow up.

Posted by: khoreia | February 27, 2009 12:04 PM | Report abuse

Notoriously
Annoying and
Antiquated
Collection of
Political Agitators.

Posted by: nosurprise2me | February 27, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

I agree the NAACP that was formed by such as MLK, Ralph David Abernathy and others dedicated to the "advancement of CP" is no longer. It has been taken over by people who care not for the working poor. Just publicity and anything that can be turned into publicity. Reverand Wright lived thru terrible times which caused his views today. They seek publicity on the backs of those who were actually treated badly.

As long as the news media gives them publicity, they will shun the duties the NAACP was set up for.

Remember blacks are no longer the minority.
Is your mind set in that rut?

Posted by: redhotpapasan | February 27, 2009 11:28 AM | Report abuse

After reading some of these comments, I am saddened that we are still such a divided people. A divided house cannot stand. Folks, wake up. Those who use divisive words, beware of their message. I don't care whether you are black, white, rich, poor, democrat or republican, unless these UNITED States of America truly become united, we are doomed to fail. Listen for words of unity and encouragement from your leaders. Which ones are using those kind of healing words? If you are supporting anyone who isn't, you might want to rethink your position. I support our President and I like his message. Is he 100% correct and will he never make a mistake? I doubt he would make that claim. But his words are healing to me and after eight years of the most divisive administration of my lifetime, we need some healing. I denounce cartoons like this one and the people who put it together. Until we all take a stand and come together as Americans, regardless of our philosophy, ideology, religion or color of our skin, we will continue to grow weaker as a nation. Is that really the position we want to promote to the world?

Posted by: bluedogdem1 | February 27, 2009 11:08 AM | Report abuse

The NAACP has lost all credibility. There a washed up bunch of ignorant idiots that harm the black people more than they help. Nothing but a right wing hypocritical org. The black community should be embarrassed by the NAACP.

Posted by: askgees | February 27, 2009 11:06 AM | Report abuse

I was not just offended by that dumb cartoon, I have continued to be offended by people trying to say it wasn't directed at the President. I've heard some say it was directed at Congress, and that is just as offensive ... the stimulus is meant to help America pull out of this nose dive economically. What is funny about a dead chimp and a comment about the stimulus package? I don't get the joke and I'm offended for our President, the Congress, and the African American population, and I'm embarrassed to say, there is still racism among my race. Shame on you Rupert Murdoch and all your supporters. It shows you up for who you are. And your apology was an attempt to justify it and a non-apology.

Posted by: bluedogdem1 | February 27, 2009 10:42 AM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm not as sophisticated as some of your readers, and maybe I should just shrug off a cartoon like this as political satire. But for far too long, depictions of apes, monkeys, etc. have been used to represent African-Americans. During the Viet Nam war, some Vietnamese were looking at the African-American soldier to see if they had tails. I believe at some point, this type of insensitivity and racism should be called out and recognized for what it is. All those sophisticated readers who think Rev. Sharpton and the NAACP should 'loosen up and not be offended', maybe they haven't walked in the shoes of anyone who has been mis-identified because of a negative depiction or negative stereotype. We all need to remember that maybe what some of us may find humorous could be someelse's pain. I applaud Rev. Sharpton, the NAACP, and those who stand with them.

Posted by: alesterp | February 27, 2009 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Who does the NAACP REALLY represent when it takes positions like this one. Most African-Americans I know took the same position I did -- the cartoon wasn't funny, but it wasn't racist, either. But these professional outrage-mongers want to keep stirring the racial pot.

on the other hand, the NAACP of California and the national NAACP just came out in opposition to California's Proposition 8 and in support of overturning the vote of the people-- despite the fact that a clear majority of African-American voters gave Prop 8 their vote.

Seems to me that the NAACP is out of step with the people that they claim to represent.

Posted by: RhymesWithRight | February 27, 2009 8:41 AM | Report abuse

Okay, let's review: The cartoon depicted the chimp as the writer of the massive stimulus bill recently passed by Congress and signed by Obama.

Who wrote the bill? CONGRESS, NOT OBAMA. And I would dare to say that a chimp might have done a better job than Congress!

Do Sharpton and the NAALiberalCP really have to work so hard to look so offended AND ignorant at the same time?

Posted by: LNER4472 | February 27, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Groups like the NAACP thrive on controversy. They would be out of business otherwise....What do they really so and for who?

Posted by: nosurprise2me | February 27, 2009 8:30 AM | Report abuse

Groups like the NAACP thrive on controversy. They would be out of business otherwise....What do they really and for who?

Posted by: nosurprise2me | February 27, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Recently, there was a vicious racial assault that occured in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on or about February 10/11. A bicyclist was set upon by a group of what was described as 40 to 50 youths who beat the bicyclist unconscious, stealing his bicycle. The bicyclist has severe injuries to his head, face and groin. The NAACP needs to know about this vicious racial assault.

Posted by: jnrentz@aol.com | February 27, 2009 8:10 AM | Report abuse

It's not only African-Americans who are upset, this old, white guy and a lot of others are as well. I do not pay for the Fox national feed on my satellite receiver, never watch it on cable and never, ever read that birdcage liner called the "NY Post". Still, I support the NAACP's efforts and will boycott all Murdock media properties wherever situated.

Posted by: NotBubba | February 27, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

The NAACP is nothing but a bunch of racist monkeys iself..not implying that blacks are monkeys (God forbid! "They" are people just like the rest of us), but the the NAACP has the weak MINDS of chimps.

What does the National Association of COLORED PEOPLE do, anyway, and what COLORED PEOPLE do they represent? They were one of the biggest movers and shakers in getting Negroes called BLACK, and they maintain the 19th-century name of "colored"? Something's a bit incongruent here. They're a mere figurehead covering a sinful bunch of white-haters; they claim to be for "equal rights," but they're NOT. They're for BLACK rights and nothing more. As an ol' white boy, I don't mind sharing my rights at all, but I won't just sit back and let THOSE goons TAKE them, which is all they want to do.

Hey, NAACP: grow up, start pushing for what you have stupidly CLAIM to stand for...EQUAL rights...and we'll all get along better. It's antagonistic groups like you that get the KKK and other racist groups fired up, and then you complain when they counter-attack YOUR racism. Why don't you disband that group of morons and do something worthwhile with your lives?
Who is the NAACP to condemn a cartoonist for voicing his views, anyway? You WILL see figured of Obama hanged in effigy and other such drivel, it's natural for people to wish harm on those they don't like. Let their hatred destroy THEM; it's not up to YOU to spread MORE hatred. Now maybe the Klan or another group will dutifully embarrass you enough over this matter to shut you up. Nobody endangered you or anybody YOU know, so mind your own business, eh?

It was the NAACP who helped "Amos 'n' Andy" become so popular in the '30s and 40's. They were two white man playing the parts of blacks and people...white and black...LOVED them. Then in the '50s, after they became a TV show, the NAACP fought against them because they were too "stereotypical"...and with with actual blacks playing the parts TRYING to, in effect, laugh at themselves, or possible at what whites might have though of them. I don't which of the NAACP's morons came up with that one; The majority of blacks enjoyed the show. Only a handful of self-seeking racists had the show canned...just showing off that they could abuse power. They haven't changed.

It seems the NAACP president has "Ben Jealous" of the white boys long enough and should close up shop so black rights can advance on a more intelligent level.

Posted by: flipper49 | February 27, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

Really, isn't this hoopla just an obvious publicity stunt/tactic for Sharpton at NAACP expense...?

Posted by: gpsman | February 27, 2009 7:49 AM | Report abuse

What a foolish waste of their time. These folks are upset about something that wasn't even aimed at Obama. How about protesting Black on Black crime that has a bigger impact on the lives of those you claim to serve than on some inane cartoon, most people never even saw, or connected with President Obama.

Posted by: MikeL4 | February 27, 2009 7:34 AM | Report abuse

Courtland Miloy pointed out an ape joke from the new Tyler Perry movie. One character connects Madea to King Kong, an ape who was gunned down.

Posted by: edlharris | February 27, 2009 1:40 AM | Report abuse

NAACP should be worried about THIS -- because blacks and other minorities seem to be disproportionately "targeted":


***


The Bush/Cheney- initiated American social genocide via silent, covert radiation weapons assaults, terroristic community gang stalking, and "programs of personal financial destruction" continues.


FRIDAY IS DAY 39 OF THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION.

DO YOU R*E*A*L*L*Y KNOW WHAT YOUR SECURITY MULTI-AGENCY COORDINATION CENTER IS UP TO?

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-targets-terrorizes-u-s-citizens
http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://www.NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 26, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Dremit97 - Before you get sidetracked like most who question the validity of the protest from a safe distance

Think of it this way


If the roles in the so-called "cartoon" were reversed and the chimpanzee was holding the smoking gun...


Would you really question the outrage of widows of slain police officers?

Posted by: misterearl | February 26, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Someone said they called Bush a chimp well I think he was wasnt he? couldnt of been human a human does not treat people the way bush, thats right hes not human hes republician!

Posted by: jwilsonte | February 26, 2009 7:52 PM | Report abuse

SaintThe-I suppose you deny the holocaust too?

Posted by: JRM2 | February 26, 2009 7:38 PM | Report abuse

JRM2- Nice try!

IF, by chance you are one of the ones you feel were wronged, you need to put the blame on the AFRICANS(Muslims mostly), who captured and sold your ancestors!

NOT the People who saved their lives, and got them to this Country that does more for People of Color than any other Nation ever has!

Only an absolute MORON of a Black Person, would be wishing they were born ANYWHERE Else!

Then, I am Mostly Irish, of the "Indentured Servitude" History!

Slavery was NOT a Blackman's Exclusive Club!

Then, realize (PLEASE), You, your Parents, your GRAND Parents, and their Parents,

WERE NEVER SLAVES!

Sorta like Barry's Kenyan Daddy-Who Abandoned Him!

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 26, 2009 7:16 PM | Report abuse

"But making comparisons of Bushie to a Chimp (Even though Barry has "Chimpness" down to a T),"
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But not one murdered by police.
And as far as thin skin goes, how would you feel if you or your ancestors were kidnapped, sold into slavery, beaten, treated as animals, lynched, not given equal rights, discriminated against socially and economically etc., etc., etc

Maybe then you'd be a little more sensitive, especially if the nation had just elected the first of your kind to POTUS.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 26, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

I loved the cartoon.

Posted by: hclark1 | February 26, 2009 6:28 PM | Report abuse

But making comparisons of Bushie to a Chimp (Even though Barry has "Chimpness" down to a T),

was PERFECTLY alright! :-(

Personally, I have a hard time understanding how Blacks and Muslims survive in the Sun-Belt they exist in;

with those THIN Skins! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | February 26, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

"If there was no intent to defame then don't read something into a cartoon that was not there..."

Posted by: TBracewell | February 26, 2009 5:47 PM"
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The stimulus has been commonly referred to as "Obama's stimulus" or "The President's stimulus" and given how nearly all the talk was centered around Obama courting the Republican congress to vote for the stimulus it is not unreasonable to suggest that the cartoon had racist violent intent.

Remember the curious George T-shirts during the primaries, how about the Mayor from Alamitos, CA that sent out a picture of the Whitehouse with a watermelon patch surrounding it, or "Barack the Magic Negro".

If you want people to be rational about racism then let's not make racist overtures.

Posted by: JRM2 | February 26, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of time. I'd hoped after the productive protests they made relative to the Jena 6 and other real world cases they would stop with this nonsense. They do everyone a disservice by letting the news cycle be taken over with cartoon talk when actually people are still getting gunned down by police. Imagine if we had this amount of coverage on the San Francisco BART shooting.

Posted by: Dremit97 | February 26, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

NAACP = Hypocrisy

If there was no intent to defame then don't read something into a cartoon that was not there. If the NAACP is so interested in stamping out racism then why are they not actively campaigning to get rid of affirmative action which by its very nature is discrimiation in action. How much money is the NAACP expending to protect the whites in South Africa an overwhelming minority? There seems to be no problem with having a United Negro College Fund, how is that not racist?

Pathetic!

Posted by: TBracewell | February 26, 2009 5:47 PM | Report abuse

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