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Agentgonzo
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Wed 25th Feb '09 12:17PM
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Is this cartoon racist?

I don't see how it is. All I see (from my admittedly politically-ignorant stance) is some zoo-keepers shooting a chimpanzee and inferring that it is President Obama. How is this racist? I honestly don't see it. If there is long-standing and institutionalised racism that a black-man is an ape, then maybe, but I haven't seen that. I see that they are calling Obama a chimpanzee, but that in itself isn't racist - you're just talking about the one man.

If you then say that "well, Obama's a black man and having him portrayed as a chimpanzee is racist because you are saying that all black men are chimpanzees" then that's just utter bollocks because in that case it's you who is the racist because you're inferring that all you see of Obama is that he's a black man and that anything said about one black man is valid for all black men.

Seriously, I don't see how this cartoon is racist.
  

Allen Key
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Wed 25th Feb '09 2:09PM
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Agentgonzo was bold enough to comment:
If there is long-standing and institutionalised racism that a black-man is an ape, then maybe, but I haven't seen that.



Sadly, there is - for example, there are references to the association in Othello, right up to black football players having monkey noises chanted at them from the terraces today etc.
 

General*
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Thu 26th Feb '09 12:37AM
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I think one of the ridiculous justifications given for slavery was that black men are closer to apes than humans and therefore it is ok to use them of beasts of burden hence it is a very sensitive issue.

Also as AK points out racist football hooligans traditionally pelt black players with bananas and make references to being "from the jungle".
    

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Thu 26th Feb '09 10:35AM
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Yeah it;'s all big extension of the 'youre not from round here so I shall hate you' sentiment that those racist freaks are so fond of.
    

Agentgonzo
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Thu 26th Feb '09 11:38AM
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I seem to have lead a sheltered life - that stereotype has completely passed me by
  

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