So this afternoon I get a link from RogierFvV regarding this chimp cartoon I have been so hot about lately. The headline to the article he sends me reads as follows…
N.Y. Post Apologizes for Chimp Cartoon Some Linked to Obama
Now if you just read this headline at first glance, you might come away thinking that some bit of right has finally come out of this story. Try again.
For starters take a look at the headline again. It says “Apologizes for Chimp Cartoon Some Linked to Obama”, not for the Chimp Cartoon they wrote linking Obama. This is only the start.
If you read the article, which way too many people do not bother to do, you will discover how truly shitty this apology is. Some snippets from the apology;
“It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill. Period. But it has been taken as something else – as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.”
“This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.” (Now this is where you might get fooled into thinking they’re sorry, till you read the next line…)
“However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past – and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback. To them, no apology is due.” (In short, fuck you Al Sharpton!)
“Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon – even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.”
That last line was just pure brilliance to me. This was not an apology for being insensitive or inappropriate. This was saying sorry all you black people are so fucking sensitive! Arrogance at it’s apex. Even after so many voice the hurt this cartoon caused, even after it was brought to their attention how it came across, they stand by that it was “just a cartoon.” Unbelievable. Its kinda like if I punch you in the face and break your nose and then turn around and say, “I’m sorry your nose is so fragile you friggin sissy.”
I am gonna leave you with an absolutely wonderful comment from my new friend IMChurchmouse:
I also agree here on many white people not “getting it” when they say that they didn’t crack the whips nor enslave the black folks. I HAVE black friends and have watched them humiliated right in front of me like I won’t care! I can’t BELIEVE what some church going people would do to an innocent young black child to hurt their very spirits – for no Godly reason at all! I always let them know that God has a special place in hell for folks like them.
I may not be responsible for the problems that my brothers and sisters suffer for bodies that they didn’t choose (how do people hate people for things they didn’t choose??), but I CAN be a part of the answer to the fix! I WON’T stand by when I see it happen. It’s happening to ME when it happens to them, dang it. So let’s stop the hate white folks. We’re too dang quiet about it, and too dang complacent with it.
Who’s with me?