This is something that has been circulating in the feminist blogosphere earlier today (technically yesterday). It appeared in February 18th’s New York Post (a trashy newspaper that most people do not take seriously, but still).
My initial reaction upon seeing this was a complete blank. Honestly, WTF?! is all I had/have to say.
Al Sharpton articulates it better than me:
The cartoon in today’s New York Post is troubling at best, given the racist attacks throughout history that have made African-Americans synonymous with monkeys. One has to question whether the cartoonist is making a less than casual inference to this form of racism when, in the cartoon, the police say after shooting a chimpanzee, “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 whether the Post cartoonist was inferring that a monkey wrote it?