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New York Post Apologizes For Cartoon

What is this world coming to?  It seems as though the New York Post has decided that it would be in their best interests to apologise for it’s Wednesday cartoon editorial that depicted two police officers  shooting a chimpanzee with the caption of  “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill”. 

It is extremely out of the ordinary for the Post to succumb to outside pressures and issue an apology for anything that it prints, but I suppose that the publisher is afraid of a potential boycott and further bad publicity from likes of Al Sharpton and other that were offend by the cartoon, thinking that it was racist slap at President Obama.

Here is the text of the apology:

Wednesday’s Page Six cartoon – caricaturing Monday’s police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut – has created considerable controversy.

It shows two police officers standing over the chimp’s body: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill,” one officer says.

It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.
Period.

But it has been taken as something else – as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.
This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.

However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past – and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback.

To them, no apology is due.

Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon – even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.

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>New York Post Apologizes For Cartoon

>What is this world coming to?  It seems as though the New York Post has decided that it would be in their best interests to apologise for it’s Wednesday cartoon editorial that depicted two police officers  shooting a chimpanzee with the caption of  “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill”. 

It is extremely out of the ordinary for the Post to succumb to outside pressures and issue an apology for anything that it prints, but I suppose that the publisher is afraid of a potential boycott and further bad publicity from likes of Al Sharpton and other that were offend by the cartoon, thinking that it was racist slap at President Obama.

Here is the text of the apology:

Wednesday’s Page Six cartoon – caricaturing Monday’s police shooting of a chimpanzee in Connecticut – has created considerable controversy.

It shows two police officers standing over the chimp’s body: “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill,” one officer says.

It was meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill.
Period.

But it has been taken as something else – as a depiction of President Obama, as a thinly veiled expression of racism.
This most certainly was not its intent; to those who were offended by the image, we apologize.

However, there are some in the media and in public life who have had differences with The Post in the past – and they see the incident as an opportunity for payback.

To them, no apology is due.

Sometimes a cartoon is just a cartoon – even as the opportunists seek to make it something else.

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We Are All Creatures of God: Why Should Race Matter?

Since our 2008 Presidential election has been going on for almost 2 years now, I thought I had heard almost every political statement going. About a week ago,a friend told me he heard a mutual friend of ours make a statement that made my blood boil , so much so that I can’t let it pass without letting off steam and venting to my friends and acquaintances. So please bear with me.

The statement was ” I can’t bring myself to vote for a black man”. The statement was made by an educated (completed graduate school) church going person holding a responsible position in their community. In this day and age, after all that we have gone through in this country, how can a native born American make a statement like this?

Since WWll, large numbers of young black men have died in our wars to protect this great country of ours, so we have the right to vote and pursue our dreams. We are all creatures of God, equal in his eyes and in our own. What a sad commentary on our times if after all these years, with all of our blessings in this country, there are still people who can’t vote for a fellow human being just because he is black. And what is even worse, people who are educated and so-called religious.

And so I ask everyone that if in the next 2 weeks you hear someone make that statement, call them on it and remind them they should be voting on the issues, not on a person’s skin color. To withhold a vote because a person is black is despicable, Unamerican and shameful.

Bill Butler
Middletown resident

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>We Are All Creatures of God: Why Should Race Matter?

>Since our 2008 Presidential election has been going on for almost 2 years now, I thought I had heard almost every political statement going. About a week ago,a friend told me he heard a mutual friend of ours make a statement that made my blood boil , so much so that I can’t let it pass without letting off steam and venting to my friends and acquaintances. So please bear with me.

The statement was ” I can’t bring myself to vote for a black man”. The statement was made by an educated (completed graduate school) church going person holding a responsible position in their community. In this day and age, after all that we have gone through in this country, how can a native born American make a statement like this?

Since WWll, large numbers of young black men have died in our wars to protect this great country of ours, so we have the right to vote and pursue our dreams. We are all creatures of God, equal in his eyes and in our own. What a sad commentary on our times if after all these years, with all of our blessings in this country, there are still people who can’t vote for a fellow human being just because he is black. And what is even worse, people who are educated and so-called religious.

And so I ask everyone that if in the next 2 weeks you hear someone make that statement, call them on it and remind them they should be voting on the issues, not on a person’s skin color. To withhold a vote because a person is black is despicable, Unamerican and shameful.

Bill Butler
Middletown resident

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Union leader: Racism keeps Obama from building lead

The Hill
By Kevin Bogardus

DENVER — A prominent union leader on Tuesday blamed racism for Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) failure to build a big lead over GOP rival Sen. John McCain.

Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), said many workers are considering voting for McCain (R-Ariz.) because of his military service and status as a hero of the Vietnam War.

McEntee said several union members had approached him, saying they could not vote for Obama because of his race. He also said some local union presidents have failed to support Obama out of fear.
“There are some local union presidents that are afraid — yes, that’s the word, afraid — to hand out literature for Barack Obama,” said McEntee.

McEntee said union members need to consider Obama’s voting record on labor issues, not his race.

“You can’t vote for Barack Obama because he’s black? That’s bulls–t. Absolute bulls–t,” said McEntee to a standing ovation from the crowd.

McEntee said that the race between Obama and McCain should not be close and that the Democrat should have a much bigger lead in the polls.

“We have to wake up, wake up our own members,” said McEntee. “It’s a no-brainer, a no-brainer.”

McEntee encouraged the Illinois delegates to campaign in other states for Obama, since they know the senator best.

Key Democrats this week have voiced worries that Obama does not have a bigger lead over McCain, who is hampered by President Bush’s unpopularity. Other union officials also have cited Obama’s race as a reason why some white union members are not embracing him.

McEntee said McCain is not a friend of unions and members must campaign for Obama and spread the message of his support for labor. He said unions will be in deep trouble if Obama is defeated for the presidency.

“If we don’t win those states — excuse my language, I know it’s early — but we will be in the proverbial s–thouse for the next four years,” McEntee said.

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>Union leader: Racism keeps Obama from building lead

>The Hill
By Kevin Bogardus

DENVER — A prominent union leader on Tuesday blamed racism for Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-Ill.) failure to build a big lead over GOP rival Sen. John McCain.

Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), said many workers are considering voting for McCain (R-Ariz.) because of his military service and status as a hero of the Vietnam War.

McEntee said several union members had approached him, saying they could not vote for Obama because of his race. He also said some local union presidents have failed to support Obama out of fear.
“There are some local union presidents that are afraid — yes, that’s the word, afraid — to hand out literature for Barack Obama,” said McEntee.

McEntee said union members need to consider Obama’s voting record on labor issues, not his race.

“You can’t vote for Barack Obama because he’s black? That’s bulls–t. Absolute bulls–t,” said McEntee to a standing ovation from the crowd.

McEntee said that the race between Obama and McCain should not be close and that the Democrat should have a much bigger lead in the polls.

“We have to wake up, wake up our own members,” said McEntee. “It’s a no-brainer, a no-brainer.”

McEntee encouraged the Illinois delegates to campaign in other states for Obama, since they know the senator best.

Key Democrats this week have voiced worries that Obama does not have a bigger lead over McCain, who is hampered by President Bush’s unpopularity. Other union officials also have cited Obama’s race as a reason why some white union members are not embracing him.

McEntee said McCain is not a friend of unions and members must campaign for Obama and spread the message of his support for labor. He said unions will be in deep trouble if Obama is defeated for the presidency.

“If we don’t win those states — excuse my language, I know it’s early — but we will be in the proverbial s–thouse for the next four years,” McEntee said.

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