Monkey Business as Usual
By now you've probably seen the infamous New York Post cartoon of two police officers standing over a dead chimpanzee with two bullet holes and the caption " They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."
We'll isn't that special...
Now I don't wanna come off like that church lady from the old school Saturday Night Live skit who saw the evil one's hand in every action undertaken by mankind so I'll try to be as objective as possible.
There is a reason why African Americans get uptight when animals, especially monkeys, are in any way, shape , form or fashion connected to anything dealing with black folks.
For many years, European historians promoted as scientific fact the idea that Africans were the missing link between apes and humans. However, on page 105 of Michael Bradley's book "The Ice Man Inheritance," he makes the point that feature wise, it is the Caucasian that has more in common with apes than Africans by quoting Ashley Montagu and Ivan T. Sanderson.
During World War II, some white soldiers went overseas spreading the myth that black soldiers had tails to mess up their rap with white women.
It has been suggested by some that even the movie King Kong was really about the attraction of black men to white women.
Also, I remember years back when AT@T caught heat for having an ad that had humans representing the other continents but (you guessed it) a monkey was chattin' on the phone in Africa.
So, the outrage over the Post has precedence.
This is not the first time that the NY Post has been criticized by black folks. I remember back in the day Public Enemy had a song dedicated to the racist journalism of the paper called "A Letter to the New York Post."
But the question is, with all the other stuff going on in the world, why is this story so newsworthy ?
Simple. The sidebar issues.
A lot of people are going to get a lot of mileage from this story and come next week people would have forgotten all about how the controversy started in the first place.
So, why all the static?
The Civil Rights folks need something like this every now and then. I am sure the donations have dropped since President Obama was elected and many proclaimed America as "post racial." So, the Civil Rights fighters are going to use this to prove why your tax deductible donation is still necessary.
It has been rumored for months that the Democrats are trying to get the Fairness Doctrine instated that will give the liberal tree huggers equal access to the airwaves. Ironically enough, since folks on the Left fear radical black voices, this may result in even less "controversial" authentically black issues being discussed in the media.
The Right Wing Conservative bigots may actually benefit the most from this controversy. Since the election, many have been playing the reverse race card and saying that there is some anti-Conservative conspiracy. They are playing the victim role very well.
Fox News' Sean Hannity already has a "Hate Hannity" hotline and folks like him are referring to themselves as "Conservatives in exile."
By the way, who owns the NY Post again?
That's right..Rupert "Money Bags" Murdock, who also owns Fox News.
So, I guess the world is a stage and every actor plays a part.
My prediction is...
In the end, they will all find a way to blame Hip Hop. After all, 50 Cent's "G-Unit" does stand for "Gorilla Unit," doesn't it?
Or maybe they will blame Kool and the Gang for releasing "Jungle Boogie" back in the '70's.
Paul Scott, Hip Hop TRUTH Minista" writes for No Warning Shots Fired.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org (919) 451-8283