Cartoon’s message stirs up controversy

Many of us stood with our hands over our chests during school as we pledged allegiance to the flag of America, stressing the words, “One nation under God.” While we are one human race it seems that the socially constructed term of race still remains prominent.

Things seem to be stagnant because of certain things that appear in the media, primarily Sean Delonas’s Wednesday cartoon that was printed in the New York Post. 

According to the Associated Press, the cartoon in Wednesday’s Post by Delonas 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.” 

This cartoon is an outrage and could have easily been avoided if Delonas had a sense of value.

The Rev. Al Sharpton called the cartoon “troubling at best given the historic racist attacks of African-Americans as being synonymous with monkeys.”

But the Post’s 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, Sharpton reveals himself as nothing more than a publicity opportunist.” 

Although his reason for the cartoon could possibly be true, they still should have known that it would create controversy. Also, someone had to speak up about this incident, so does that make him a publicity hound?

Whatever the case may be, publishing something like a derogatory cartoon for the entire world to see proves that everyone doesn’t want this nation to be one of equality.

Kwamae Simpkins for the Editorial Board.