February 19th, 2009
09:05 AM ET

Racist cartoon?

Anderson talks with his panel in a discussion about a New York Post editorial cartoon some say is racist.

soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Veronica

    Great you guys are openly talking about Race!!! Now it's time to start talking about what being Hispanic in America REALLY means. You guys are ONLY talking black & white. Please talk about ALL HISPANICS REGARDLESS OF RACE (like you have to establish in any application form when looking for a job). Why ALL are treated like they are non educated/ illegal Mexicans that just jumped the border... Please try to promote for the society to stop putting us all in the same bag... There are also very well accomplished legal Hispanics from Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil and many other Latin American countries that SPEAK FLUENT ENGLISH and yet silently cope daily with racial actions and reactions that delay their paths to success, just because they carry an accent. Thank you, guys! Great job.

    February 27, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  2. Lindsay

    here is the thing, My husband and I are mid twenties, kinda middle of the road politically. When we saw the cartoon, we did not equate the monkey with a riacist hit at African Americans. As we both think this stimulus bill was horribly crafted, to us the cartoon said that the stimulus bill was crafted with all the sense of a monkey, and that we thought was funny. We were both confused when people started talking about the racism involved in the cartoon. And here is the real kicker, I live in the deep south, where, I'm told, racial tensions are supposed to be some of the worst in the country.
    So I guess the good news is that most people in my generation that I talked to about it, even African Americans, didn't see the cartoon as racially charged. They took the cartoon as political statement, whether they agreed with the political statement for us that was the real conversation.
    The bad news is all you folks from a different generation and a different time showed a younger generation how to see racism in it.
    If you find it racist, I feel sorry for you, because either you have been a victim of racism or you are coming to terms with your own personal sense of racism, but please don't pass that negativity on to the rest of us. We aren't being naive, maybe we are just a new breed of American who see racism as anachronistic element of the past that we don't really understand.

    February 25, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  3. Joycelyn Monson Gordon

    How dare we think , that just because, America has elected; an African American as president that all of the racism cease to exit. I have as an African American have been trying to be respectful of others feelings about the election and about the new president. I'm sure others can relate I haven't done any high fiving or chanting as some of my co-workers did when Bush was eleted. We can not and will not let the media or anyone elese compare our President to a monkey. What message have we sent to other countries that we want our President assinated? Shame on the United States of America for having double standards again. I am outraged that the Post tried to play it off like Al Sharpten just wants to be in the lime light.

    February 24, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  4. Devin

    I don't find it racist–I find it as NY Post editors trying to make a clever attempt at mixing to hot stories (the pet Chimpanzee mauling a lady and the passing of the stimulus bill) notice, however how I said trying. This is still excessively offensive, because in some way, they're probably trying to make a reference to President Obama. This may be considered political satire at it's best to some, but it is certainly in poor tastes and whoever ran this idea and whoever approved it should perhaps consider reevaluating their standards for entertainment.

    But we all know that a graphic picture of two bullets piercing an animal mixed in with political situations make for good viewing, correct? (sarcasm.)

    February 23, 2009 at 11:35 pm |
  5. Bill

    Some people seem all worked up about the NY Times gorilla cartoon with explicit, racial finger pointing going on, but why don’t we examine for-profit universities that some also accuse of taking advantage of minorities using taxpayers’ dollars? Isn’t this a racial concern?

    Maybe we can look deeper than the whole cartoon scandal in the NY Times when that same newspaper is selling for-profit university advertisements that are connected to scams all over the Internet. Now, that’s scandalous!

    Isn’t the American society and the U.S. Government losing terribly in these setups? Isn’t anybody concerned? Fleecing U.S. consumers and U.S. taxpayers through our education system is truly an attack from within and a racial concern, since some point out that minority students are explicitly targeted by these for-profit universities.

    Are for-profit universities the only well-lubricated, NASDAQ endorsed, Corporate America/U.S. Government setups out there that seems to consistently fleece taxpayers? This might be a perfect example of racism based on educational services provided to U.S. citizens by the U.S. government, through the pretext of business enterprise.

    February 23, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  6. Alice

    I am happy for you Ron Christie that you live where there is no racism. But I live in the real world and it is a problem and for you tosit there and act like your not offended made me even more upset about the situation, don't get me wrong I don't go out and look for racism but it is what it is and Racism is still out there. I hope you never find yourself in a situation. Roland Martin you hang in there and be yourself!!

    February 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  7. Bailey

    First why is the NAACP involved, they are a Tax exempt 501c3 org and they may want to read again the eligibility for having that status. As well the chimp is black. the cops are white. what's the problem – Is the NAACP being discriminatory against the white cops - should they have been black? Should the chip have been white? OR is the NYPost too conservative for the NAACP?? they just wont drink the Kool aid. Guess what Sharpton and the NAACP are the racists here. Move on! Or, give up your tax-exempt status and get jobs.

    February 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
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