Oh, wait...yes I do. Monkey Lady from Connecticut. This is the part where people usually say, "I don't mean to sound rude..." Well, I do MEAN to sound rude. Monkey Lady is an idiot. Wait...don't brutalize me just yet. I'm literally VERY sorry for her friend, as I too have hands and can't think of life without them, but... it was a monkey. An ADULT monkey. Human beings have trouble controlling terrible two's. Hell, we can't control adult human beings! What made her, or her husband, think she could control a grown ass monkey? Las Vegas showmen have already shown us that even the most pampered and affluent of tigers can't be controlled. This monkey didn't even have a stage or Bedazzled cape & crown combo.
Monkey Lady and friends continue to ask (and I paraphrase), "We just don't know why he would act this way? It doesn't make sense!" Wow. Whenever a snake too large for its Brooklyn confines decides to suffocate it's owner, that's always the first question anyone asks. Whenever a horse decides he really doesn't like you riding on him, that's always the first thing the trainer asks. Whenever some pit bull mauls some poor soul simply because they got too close, people always ask, "Why?"
Now, I'm no scientist but I'm gonna give this one a shot. Let's see...maybe...it's because... THEY'RE ANIMALS! It's their God given right to act straight FOOL whenever they feel like it. Period. Who are we to question why? Sure, we can get all philosophical with the shit, "Why did he feel like wilding out on that particular woman on that particular day at that particular hour and so on and so on and..." What would be the point of that though? We'd be wasting our time on trying to find answers to questions we know are impossible to answer when we should be educating people that most...MOST...animals simply cannot be, or shouldn't be, domesticated. Especially for the purpose of raising them like children. Zoos are here and populated with certain species for a reason.
There's just no proper way to segue into what happened with the NY Post. If you don't know the story by now, well maybe ignorance truly is bliss. For the rest of us, this is just beyond weird. Let me start by saying the depiction is wrong...VERY WRONG...but I just didn't find myself so riled up that I wanted to go and boycott the NY Post. Why? Because, well...it's the NY Post. Honestly, anyone, including the Good Rev'um Alfred Charles Sharpton, Jr., who has read the NY Post for anything that remotely resembles informative news reporting is fooling themselves. When I first caught whiff of the cartoon and the publication for which it hailed, it almost made perfect sense. The suits at the Post, and it's bosses over at Fox (Hello?!) have been, are and will always be about selling papers or causing controversy...whichever may come first.
I remember when my step-father used to purchase all three major NY newspapers religiously, Times, Daily News and Post. He told me he read the Times for serious, international and financial information. He told me he purchased the Daily News for serious, national and local information. He told me he purchased the Post for the sports section. He wasn't lying either. I'd watch him comb through the other papers like someone searching for treasure at Jones Beach. He'd reach for the Post and immediately turn it over and start reading about his beloved Knicks, Yankees and whichever boxer he admired at the moment.
A number of staff changes over the decades hasn't changed the Post. It's the same crappy newspaper it's always been. Incidentally, it's gotten worse as it tries desperately to keep up with the internet. You watch Smallville? You know that crappy school newspaper that Chloe Sullivan used to work for, the Torch? Well, that's what The Post is to me, The Torch. Except it's not located in Kansas and instead of covering stories about meteor freaks and weird phenomenon it covers steroid freaks and weirder phenomenon. The Post is barely worth any one's energy save for the people who work there and make a living. They don't represent me nor do they represent most intelligent NY'ers who should be able to shrug this one off their shoulders. The Post CLEARLY doesn't represent minorities so why are minorities really so upset? Honestly, had BET or Noticias or BlackVoices.com ran the cartoon, then I would've sincerely raised both eyebrows.
Listen, some fights are worth fighting and some aren't. I'm in no way saying that nothing should be said with regards to this extremely poor lack of judgment. I'm just sayin', it's not really worth anything to boycott a newspaper that's worth nothing to begin with. If the Post were to close down tomorrow, who'd notice besides Rupert Murdoch and the janitorial crew?
All that being written, what I find most interesting is the focus of most people's anger or disdain. From what I've read or been told, most people are upset because the cartoon disses President Obama. Bump all that. He knew what he was getting himself into when he campaigned for the position. It's just getting started for him (as I bow my head in prayer for his family). What I'm most disturbed at is the NY Post's obvious lack of disrespect for the already tense issues between the average male of color in America and those people sworn to protect its citizens. With the recent police-driven murders plaguing this country, the NY Post should've given just a little...well, a lot more thought about running this now infamous cartoon.
Here's something ironic. As this very recent study claims, it's not uncommon for most Americans to subconsciously associate Black people with apes. Here's an excerpt:
"In addition, the findings show that society is more likely to condone violence against black criminal suspects as a result of its broader inability to accept African Americans as fully human, according to the researchers."
I KNOW I'm not the only person who's looked at Patrick Ewing or Yaphet Kotto and thought silverback. I used to look at Frank Perdue and think, "He really does look like a chicken!" too. Does that make me wrong? Of course not. What would've made me wrong is if I depicted the slaughter of the Perdue family like chickens in a cartoon to prove some silly point. It's not about how you look at something. Eyes don't lie. It's about how you use what you see once you've seen it. The Post wanted to stir up controversy and they've done that. I applaud them on such a weak effort. At the end of the day, their newspaper still sucks, Obama is still the President, that misguided monkey is dead and cops will continue to shoot innocent Black/Afro/Negro/Colored-Americans under some veil of, "I was just doing my job." ... unless we speak out against it properly.
Boycott, my friends...but boycott with the proper focus. That's all I suggest.
As always, thanks for reading...
P.S. Someone let me know when the original drawing of that cartoon is placed on eBay. It's gonna worth a fortune one day!!
P.P.S. Thanks for the university study link, Michelle!!