Provocative? I definitely feel provoked
The news media is abuzz today with the cover of the July 21 issue of the New Yorker.
Here Barack Obama is dressed like a muslim and Michelle Obama is sporting an Angela Davis fro and totes a rifle with ammo. It should also be noted that the American flag burns in a fireplace that has Osama bin Laden’s picture hanging above it.
Oh yeah, let’s not forget the terrorist fist jab.
So the New Yorker thinks they are being cute by depicting the Obamas the right has been painting them for a few months. It’s supposed to be satire, a caricature of the Obamas to illustrate how those on the right are characterizing them.
Instead it reminds me of the old cartoons that were in magazines such as the New Yorker in the early 20th century with images of big lipped, dimwitted African Americans or bucktooth, shifty eyed Asians. When dealing with race its a thin line between something that can be taken as satire and racist. I don’t know if I want to put the New Yorker in the racist category but considering how many people will pass by and just look at the cover picture and forego the article I think they did themselves and the Obamas a disservice.