By now, you’ve probably heard every version imaginable about the blatantly racist caricature featured in the NY Post. There’s no way of explaining their way out of it. They merely need to take ownership of what they have done and: (a) close their doors (b) send an open letter of apology to Obama and people of color (c) shut their doors.
It’s probably not likely that they will shut their doors, but what I, for one, would like to see this incident bring forth is the issue of patriotism. Forever, African Americans have been treated like third class citizens in the country that our ancestors built. The inability of white America to own up to past transgressions, whether publicly or privately, by their generalizing, objectifying, stereotyping of black life hampers the direction of rebuilding our country within the vision that President Obama has for the country.
When Michelle Obama said, “For the first time in my adult lifetime, I’m really proud of my country … not just because Barack has done well, but because I think people are hungry for change…I have been desperate to see our country moving in that direction and just not feeling so alone in my frustration and disappointment,” she had valid reasoning behind her statements.
NO, she did not mean it in the way that it was distorted, but even if she did, she had valid circumstances to stand on: 4 Little Girls killed in a church bombing, the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., Emmit Till, James Byrd, 41 shots in Amadou Diallo and now a depiction of the nation’s President, her husband, depicted as a dead monkey shot to death on the front of one of the U.S.’ longest running major daily publications.
White racists of this country, specifically at the New York Post, need to be called out on their unpatriotic act that is depicted in this heinous carricature. If Michelle Obama can be considered unpatriotic for her remarks, what does it say when you depict the President, your leader, the world’s most powerful man, this way? What kind of patriots or Americans do this and get away with it? Today, the New York Post is just as much a terrorist in this country as Timothy McVeigh. There is no difference in the destructive nature of their act.
I pray for President Barack Obama and his family to be and feel safe in what could be the most instrumental position he’ll hold in his career. But, I also hope that he dismisses, just this one time, with some of his diplomacy and address this issue, as only he can, in the most eloquent fashion.
The prejudice and disdain for African American life by racists has for too long left us outside of a dream of living in our own country and now that we have a black President, it’s time to let some people know, in no uncertain terms, that there is a new sheriff in town. We cannot dismiss the fact that some of us who are elderly, voted for the very first time; that are young, thought about politics for the very first time and voted; that a lot of us are feeling like Americans for the very first time. So, sorry New York Post, but you WILL NOT dismantle these facts no matter how hard you try. America STOP BUYING THE NEW YORK POST!