Thursday, February 19, 2009

Morning Musings: Racism in cartoons

Wake up white people! We're racist again.

I can't sleep because I'm an insomniac, but this morning the rest of America can't sleep because of this:


This, if you haven't heard, is a "racist" cartoon that was published in the New York Post. Because apparently the author is somehow alleging that Barack Obama is a monkey.

'Kay. If you think this is racist, you are retarded.

Think about it: Why would a political cartoonist at a national newspaper, trying to make a statement about how the government is sucking at trying to repair the economy, throw in a racial slur against the president just for shits and giggles? Please attempt to explain why this would happen.

If you don't know--and I didn't--the cartoon is a reference to police in Connecticut that shot a pet chimp who had gone off the deep end. The crime here isn't racism, it's the fact that like every other political cartoon ever, it doesn't make sense and isn't funny.

We're absolutely never going to advance as a country if shit like this keeps getting called racism. Yes, it's a monkey. Yes, rednecks have used the term "monkey" for black people. Yes, the president is black. That doesn't mean any of this is connected. Let it go. If I wanted to interpret everything everyone said to me as a slight, I could. But then where would I be? Sitting here pissed at everyone for shit that didn't even happen. It's time to live your own life.

I'm sure I'm going to get called racist for bringing this up, but in a journalism class, in a section on ethics, we read a story by a black journalist who was offended when someone used the following horrible, slanderous, racist term to describe him:

(You ready?)

Articulate.

That's right. Articulate. "Articulate" is a compliment. "Using language easily and fluently; having facility with words: an articulate speaker," according to Dictionary.com. And this guy, who has a section of a freaking textbook to explain this, goes on to say that he was offended that a reporter reffered to him as articulate. Why? Because somehow, he said, the underlying meaning was that black people normally aren't articulate.

...You know what, jackass? The guy shouldn't have called you articulate. Not because it's racist, but because you're not. You're an idiot. Most people aren't articulate. When someone compliments you, you shouldn't assume that they implied "You're [compliment X], unlike everyone else who looks like you!" That's just ignorant.

So keep getting pissed at stuff like this if you want to, and keep stunting the growth of society as a whole. I just hope that one day we're all a lot more... articulate.

2 comments:

  1. Well aight check this out dawg, first of all, you throwin' too many big words at me, and because I don't understand 'em I'm gonna take 'em as disrespect.

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  2. That's the thing about political cartoons is that you can take some of them a bunch of different ways, but calling this racist is just ignorant.

    God Bless America.

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