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Fuck Politeness

This is a revolution, not a public relations movement

Sean Delonas is the Comical Genius behind the Oh So Witty and Not At All Playing On Centuries Old Racist Tropes cartoon featured in Wednesday’s New York Post. The cartoon shows a chimp dead from police fire, referencing a chimp that tore off a woman’s face, and was later shot dead by police. The caption reads ‘They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill’.

As Huffpo commentary points out, the most charitable possible interpretation is that the stimulus package was so bad that chimps could have written it.

As Reverend Al Sharpton points out, the cartoon is

“troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys”.

It is more than a little hard to believe that any fully adult person living in America could claim to be unaware of this, or unaware that given that the stimulus package has been seen as largely Obama’s project that it was likely that the cartoon *would* be read in this way.

I would have liked to link to Sean Delonas’s website but it’s been taken down for now.

Now, the only other *possible* ‘positive’ reading I could imagine, and believe me, it took work, was that Delonas was making a scathing commentary on the entrenched racism within the police department…

So. How likely is that? I guess I’d better take a look around at his history. The Sydney Morning Herald reports his recent cartoon showing Jessica Simpson (in the news for having gained some weight) dumping her boyfriend for Ronald McDonald. Hur hur. *Fat* chicks chase burgers. Doesn’t sound politically aware and transgressive does it?

Then I find *this* (Ten Cartoons From Delonas – a little snapshot of his well rounded bigotry) over at Gawker.

Gah. In case you need them summarised, Al Sharpton having his ‘fat arse’ kissed cos lord KNOWS all politicians are under the control of African-American civil rights activists, ‘ew poofs’, ‘wtf transgender’, ‘lezzos’ and ‘sluts’. Doesn’t seem all that likely that it was a critical engagement with systemic racism within ‘justice’ institutions now does it? I mean I figured not in the first place, and even if so, Al Sharpton’s point would still stand. But you know bigots, they get *very* upset when fellow bigots aren’t given the benefit of everyone’s totally extracted under duress doubt.

Anyway – so Rev. Al Sharpton (with his long history of campaigning for civil rights) makes an *entirely fucking reasonable point* and what does the publishing paper say?

In a statement, Post Editor-in-Chief Col Allan said: “The cartoon is a clear parody of a current news event, to wit the shooting of a violent chimpanzee in Connecticut. It broadly mocks Washington’s efforts to revive the economy. Again, Al Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.

What. The. Fuck???

You get yourself in hot water by publishing a cartoon that appears to be mocking the first efforts of the new President, the first African American President, a cartoon that is plausibly read as equating Obama with a chimp gone off the deep end and your answer is to call Al Sharpton a ‘publicity opportunist’? Your response to a well known African-American civil rights activist raising concerns (and he raised them in a fucking mild way in my opinion) that something in your paper is racist or could certainly be read as such is to dismiss a man’s activism and reduce him to empty mouthing off for personal gain? EXCELLENT WORK convincing the world you’re genuinely concerned about racism.

Toolbag of the week automatically granted.

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