posted on Feb, 23 2009 @ 05:17 PM
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
Maybe if you guys took some cultural sensitivity training, or looked at the history of racism, then perhaps you can understand why so many ppl are
offended by the image.
It is not often that I reply to someone that is not signed in or up whichever the case may be, but you do bring up a very good point.
Yes, the comparison of black people to monkeys and apes are a very old stereotype. Sometimes intentional and sometimes unintentional references to
images, words and phrases are made all the time. I can't tel you how many times I have been called "chief". i'd say about 95% of the time it is
said as nickname like buddy or bubba or dude.
Most people do not see my racial features in proper perspective. I am part Cherokee, but low enough with enough Caucasian features like hair color,
balding, facial hair and skin tones to be immediately identified as white. With sunlight my skin turns red but is not burnt (although I can burn),
without it I have a yellowed skin tone. Even some Asians will look at me as maybe mixed due to cheekbones and narrow eyes. Most whites just say I
"look sleepy" all the time because my eyes are never "wide-open".
I never let any of that get me down, nor do I use it to an advantage or work an angle. Rev. Sharpton does and has done so for many years. It is from
this looking in the past that things do not move forward as well and as quickly as it could.
I don't care what a person's race or sex or background is. I address the merits and flaws of the person. And to use a stereotype because I guess I
can, there would be many scalps on my belt if all I saw was hate when I looked through my eyes.
Although I will admit that if I know the person well enough, I will point out that I have Cherokee in my blood when they happen to call me chief, if I
think I can get nervous laugh out of it. Usually I get a story about a great-(great-)grandparent that married someone that was half Indian. Seldom do
they know which tribe.
But on the subject of editorial/political cartoons the most offensive one I ever saw was one I seen as a teenager in which the Statue of Liberty had
been raped (over something) and the caption was "Was it good for you?" or words to that effect. Not sure, but I think it was by the same guy that
also draws "Mother Goose and Grimm" comics. In that perspective, this one was pretty tame in my book.