So, Now It Begins…..

 

Does this really need a caption?  Really?

Does this really need a caption? Really?

That did not take as long as I expected…..less than two full months into the Obama administration and already, the racist images and stereotypes are popping up innocently enough all over the media.  Case in point: after Monday’s incident in Connecticut, where a woman was nearly mauled to death by an rampaging chimpanzee that was later shot to death by police, New York Post cartoonist Sean Delonas drew a cartoon depicting police officers standing over a monkey they had just shot, implying that the creature was the author of the stimulus bill that just was signed into law; in effect, calling our President a monkey.  Wow.  I was speechless upon viewing this the first time, because all of the goodwill and feelings of change and unity were utterly gone in an instant.  I never considered this past presidential election a benchmark in our country’s civil rights history, but rather an indication that politics was in the process of reinventing itself and the electorate it served, all at the same time.  Even though the pride that swelled throughout the hearts and minds of black America resonated within me all the same, I nonetheless forced myself to look into the cold, dark eyes of reality and understand that we still have a long way to go, in terms of racial tolerance and relations in this country.  But, within that reality, never would I have imagined that it would become commonplace to accept an image as oppressive and haunting as this cartoon in the mainstream media.  However, there it is, a testament to the groundswell of hatred and bigotry that remains in the wake of last year’s historic presidential campaign.  Never have I been more aware of what is really thought of people that look like me by some other people that don’t look like me.  It was obvious in painful way before.  Today, it is painful in an obvious way, a view into a mindset we were supposed to be forty or more years removed from.  I guess some things, sadly, never change.

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~ by darrylthewriter on February 19, 2009.

One Response to “So, Now It Begins…..”

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