Monday, February 23, 2009
John Legend: Firing Off Letter About 'New York Post' Monkey Cartoon
The cartoon in today’s New York Post is troubling at best, given the racist attacks throughout history that have made African-Americans synonymous with monkeys. This cartoon depicts that blacks are subhuman and our struggle for racial equality is teetered. In the cartoon, the police say after shooting a chimpanzee, “now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill.” I like how John Legend spoke out against NY Post’s ignorance. I won’t support them that’s for sure. I agree with him, even though we have the freedom of speech, it comes with responsibility and consequences. Unfortunately, as we live through this historic presidency, there will doubtless be more of these impolitic insensitivities. First the Lafayette French Bakery, a pastry shop in New York's Greenwich Village, started selling "Drunken Negro Face" cookies on Martin Luther King Day in 'honor' of President Obama and NOW this. When will this end? Folk want to try and convince Me that racism doesn’t exist and that they ‘don’t see color’ well maybe they don’t because if they did they wouldn’t print such ignorant things…I’m just saying.