A New YorkÂ Post chimp cartoonÂ by Sean DelonasÂ is at the center of the latest Al Sharpton controversy (see cartoon below).Â SeanÂ Delona’s comic was supposedlyÂ lampooning yesterdayÂ’s chimp attack and the newly passed stimulus bill but Rev.Â Al Sharpton (Founder of the National Action Network) believes that DelonasÂ’Â New York Post cartoon is Â“troubling at bestÂ” in its racist connotations.
Al SharptonÂ believes thatÂ the police officersÂ’ statement in the New York Post Cartoon about having to “find someone else to write the next stimulus bill”Â comparesÂ President Barack Obama (and by extension, allÂ African Americans) to apes.
HereÂ’s the New York Post chimp cartoon thatÂ Al Sharpton is reacting to:
Personally I think while this canÂ’t be called Â“racistÂ”Â the New York Post monkey cartoonÂ is certainly in bad taste. Sean Delonas should have known there were racial overtones to this comic. If he assumes his readers know this comic isnÂ’t really about the chimp attack, he should assume theyÂ’re also savvy enough to make the same jump in logic to see these racial overtones. He obviously wanted this reaction, and I donÂ’t know if itÂ’s a good idea that Al Sharpton is giving it to him.
But what do you think about Al SharptonÂ’s reaction to the chimp attack comic?