A newspaper cartoon comparing Barack Obama to a violent chimpanzee which was gunned down by police has sparked a race row in the U.S. Civil rights leaders condemned the drawing, which appeared the right-wing New York Post, for pandering to racial stereotypes.
It seems that rarely a day goes by these days where the black community are not up in arms over some perceived racism, and you have to wonder whether the anger is at the supposed portrayal of Obama as a monkey, or the fact that white people have dared to criticise their President.
Going Ape Shit
The monkey = racism thing just doesn’t work. We’ve had eight years of Bush being portrayed as a monkey, not to mention Gordon Brown frequently being caricatured as some ape or another. Do we have a situation here where it is perfectly acceptable to portray white people as apes, but for blacks it is a no go area? Just like it is acceptable for black people to say the word nigger, but for whites it is a taboo word. We’ve also already seen in Britain that any reference, remark or even sale of a Golliwog toy by a white person is racist.
Is this is what equality and equal rights mean? That for the next 1000 years white people are having to watch everything that they say and do because black people are likely to jump on any perceived indication of racism and forever brand them as the most evil of evils – a racist? All because of events that most white people alive today had no part in? How long can they carry on milking this white guilt at every opportunity before it runs dry?
This isn’t really about racism, the image in no way infers that Obama is the monkey, just that an ape could have written the stimulus bill. That doesn’t matter to some people though, who twist things such as this and use them to once again proclaim that white people are inherently racist.
Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson no doubt have plenty to say, none of it original, most of it exaggerated and all of it pointless. These rabble rousers know their trade well, and the sheep follow in good order. Already the idiots that are too dumb to think for themselves have been given their orders, boycotts are in place, and the threats have been made.
Had the exact same cartoon been shown a year ago, no one would have batted an eyelid. The President then (Bush), was white, ergo anything goes. Like treason, it seems that for this cartoonist racism was just a matter of dates. There was no racist intent in this image, just the misguided belief that what was acceptable before Obama, is still acceptable afterwards.
It seems that having a black President isn’t the same as having a white President, although you’d be forgiven for thinking so. Cartoonists everywhere are now formulating a list of what they can, and more importantly what they cannot include in their caricatures. Monkeys in any form are out, and so presumably are bananas, and I am sure that their are many frantic calls from newspapers and magazines to black groups to clarify said list. I am also fairly sure that black cartoonists will be like gold dust right now, as it is the only way to be sure, blacks after all cannot be racist (unless it is against whites, which isn’t real racism).
The white cartoonists will be walking on egg shells from now on, and I am sure that cartoons will be checked, double checked and then sent off to be sure the black community won’t be offended, before being published.
This over-sensitivity to anything and everything that could possibly be twisted to become another example of racial insensitivity is like the boy who cried wolf, people are going to get sick of hearing it. Whilst that may force Al Sharpton to get a real job, it means that genuine victims of racism are not given the benefit of the doubt.
A black medical student is suing her college for £300,000 after claiming it was ‘institutionally racist’ in failing to stop alleged bullying by fellow medics.
The above story is a classic example. My first thought was, ‘Here we go again!’, assuming that it was another instance of perceived racism, when in fact she may actually be a genuine victim.
In legal papers submitted to Central London County Court, she said: ‘Mr Pinder asked me if black men were less intelligent than other people.
Of course we only have her side of the story and she could of course be exaggerating or making the whole thing up, but if only half of what she is saying is true, then this group are despicable.
She alleged: ‘The group refused to share the shower room with me and discussed rotas for the only other shower.
To be fair in my University days we had a foreigner as a flatmate and two shower rooms. The foreigner had some very repulsive habits, which he persisted with despite being told on numerous occasions that his ‘habits’ was not only impolite but inappropriate. So four of us used one shower room, he had the other to himself. This may be construed as racist, but I think it was more a clash of cultures. I believed that this may also be the case here, until I read that Miss Jibowu was from South London!
Emily stated, ‘We should introduce a virus into Africa to wipe out the continent and kill off all the black Africans so that we can move in’.’
This isn’t racial insensitivity, but downright racist. Ironic then that Pinder looks a bit ‘ethnic’ himself. I doubt he’d be able to join the BNP. He certainly wouldn’t be classed as part of the Master Race in Emily Bowen’s final solution. It is one thing to think such abhorrent thoughts, but to actually give voice to them, in public, and believe that it is acceptable! It beggars belief.
But this is the ruling elite for you. I am sure that they talk about working class people in much the same way.
Thanks to people like Sharpton and his over sensitive racism detection brigade, the cynical side of me wonders how true all of this is. It looks as though it will be her word against theirs anyway, and people like the Bowen’s and Pinder’s are experts at extracting themselves from such messes. Regardless, at the very least Jibowu has been treated shoddily by the College.
With any luck another member of the group will do the right thing and support her claims, unlikely though.
It would have been nice if Obama had spoken out about this cartoon, stating something along the lines of a mountain out of a molehill, but the disciple of Rev. Wright seems to be letting the black clergy get as much mileage out of it as possible. So much for him promoting racial harmony.
Obama rode a tide of white guilt into office by promoting his colour – ‘Yes We(I) Can,’ ‘Time for Change’ etc, euphemisms meant to feed off the white guilt. Accepting his nomination on the exact date that Martin Luther King made his I have a Dream speech and after becoming President having his first photo op on the steps of the Lincoln memorial, where King delivered his speech, all cleverly orchestrated but clearly everyone seemed to have skipped the part of King’s speech where colour was unimportant.
I think that this will be the first of many racism outrages during Obama’s Presidency and it looks as though Sharpton and Jackson are ready to play the racism card at each and every opportunity, i.e. whenever Obama is criticised.
The first race storm since taking office, ironically involving him, but the half white, half black President is keeping stum.