This is why we are “a nation of cowards” when discussing matters of race.
From The Washington Post:
The headline, illustration and text of “Below the Beltway,” a column in The Washington Post Magazine today, may cause offense to readers. The magazine was printed before a widely publicized incident last week in which a chimpanzee attacked and badly mauled a woman in Stamford, Conn. In addition, the image and text inadvertently may conjure racial stereotypes that The Post does not countenance. We regret the lapse.
Since this illustration may upset the women and children and those with weak constitutions, I am posting it below the fold:
Of course we didn’t need the WaPo to tell us this; any male who’s lost a potential girlfriend to a questionable outlaw biker type (yes, I see those hands) knows that it’s true.
Anyway, where was I?
Oh yes, the cartoon. Maybe an apology is due for the romance angle — Sandra Herold, the owner of Travis the chimpanzee (who horribly disfigured and nearly killed a woman in a freak attack last week) treated him like a human being and even allowed him to sleep in the same bed with her.
But racial stereotypes? What racial stereotypes? Political correctness has apparently vanquished common sense. A Michelle Malkin commenter noted, “What a double standard for the liberals to preach that we evolved from apes and then scream when we compare people to them.” For crying out loud, even Maureen Dowd admires bonobos.
Then again, the racial fear mongers have so poisoned the national dialog that even using the arcane word niggardly can be interpreted as a racial slur. So I’m really not surprised at the over-reaction of the Washington Post.
I’m really, really beginning to miss the free speech of the Bush years.