New York Post cartoon prompts protest

February 20, 2009 10:45:26 AM PST
It's the kind of cartoon that used to get people all riled up in the pre-civil-rights era. And the fact that it was published yesterday in a New York City newspaper and appears to poke fun at the nation's first black president has people even more upset.Yesterday's New York Post features a cartoon that shows two police officers, one with a smoking gun, standing over the body of a bullet-riddled chimp.

The caption reads: "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill." The cartoon is a reference to the chimp that was killed Monday in Connecticut after it mauled the friend of its owner.

But the caption's reference to the stimulus bill signed into law by President Barack Obama has triggered cries of racism. The head of the National Association of Black Journalists wonders how the Post could "let this cartoon pass as satire." Some say they felt it suggests Obama's assassination.

Some protesters are urging a boycott of the Post and the companies that run ads in the paper. For its part, the paper is defending the cartoon drawn by Sean Delonas. An editor calls it a parody of the chimp shooting that also mocks Washington's efforts to revive the economy. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs declined comment.