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:: The cartoon depicts a dead and bleeding chimp, shot by two policemen. It is purportedly referring to the incident in Connecticut, where a pet chimp attacked a woman, and was subsequently killed by authorities.
However, it has overt racial implications, and implies violence against the president. It is completely disgusting so far as I am concerned, and the Post should be held responsible for attempting to incite violence against the president.
The Reverend Al Sharpton had this to say:
The cartoon in today's New York Post is troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys. One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual reference to this when in the cartoon they have police saying after shooting a chimpanzee that "Now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill.Being that the stimulus bill has been the first legislative victory of President Barack Obama (the first African American president) and has become synonymous with him it is not a reach to wonder are they inferring that a monkey wrote the last bill?
Meanwhile, the New York Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allanhas responded to the fury engendered by the cartoon, albeit inappropriately, in my view:
The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.
What do you think about the intent of the Post?