On the New York Post simulation of the murder of the president of the United States

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by Amiri Baraka

Hundreds protested Friday for the second time in as many days outside New York Post headquarters, shouting, “Boycott the Post! Shut it down!” and “End racism now!” “Since when can you call for the killing of the president of the United States?” demanded City Councilman Charles Barron. – Photo: Mario Tama, AFP Getty ImagesNaturally we are outraged by Rupert Murdoch’s low rag The New York Post’s depicting Barack Obama as a monkey, whatever garbage they use to lie about this racist attack. But even more deadly is the fact that the Post in that cartoon is actually calling for the assassination of the president of the United States!

And this is punishable by prison.

Can you imagine anyone drawing a picture of Bush being slain, what the consequences would be? In Venezuela Chavez had to pass a law against the right wing calling for his assassination over television. What would be the penalty for some group calling for the assassination of past presidents of the United States by public media.

We cannot just be outraged by the racism of Murdoch’s disgusting infamy. We must call for the prosecution of the publisher and all involved with it. It is not just racism; it is a threat to the chief executive of the United States. This is one of the aspects of Barack Obama’s election to the presidency, that this NY Post brand of racist slander now is an attack on the president of the United States, and Murdoch and company must be made to pay for it.

This is the least we can do to begin to push for the reality of a “post racial” America, to begin to lock these egregious racists up! This should be a test case, and we should come together to push this.

What about you, Amsterdam News, Daily Challenge, Village Voice(?), New York Times, Johnson Publications, Washington Post, Essence, BET, TV One, ABC, CBS, NBC, ACLU, Move On, Outraged Citizens etc. Will you take up the call for prosecution of the creators of this blatant and dangerous threat to the president of the United States?

Amiri BarakaFounder of the Black Arts Movement in Harlem in the 1960s, former poet laureate of New Jersey and author of over 40 books, Amiri Baraka can be reached at amirib@aol.com or through www.amiribaraka.com.

Boycott everything owned by Fox

POCC Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and Davey D at the 2007 Media Reform Conference in Memphis - Photo: POCC Minister of Information JRHip Hop historian and journalist Davey D remarked in a caption under the New York Post cartoon, posted on his website, daveyd.com: “At a time where Obama has had numerous threats on his life and police have been trigger happy shooting or tasing to death Black men from coast to coast, what was this about? Time to boycott everything owned by Fox – from the NY Post to American Idol.”

15 COMMENTS

  1. Bu sh*t Continues…
    Today at 11:43 am

    28 February 2009

    Neither the appearance nor the timing of the offensive piece of offal that is now being labeled the ‘Shoot The Monkey’ cartoon surprises me in the slightest.

    Particularly as it comes 46 years after the U.S. government (& its quislings) assassinated Muslim Minister El Hajj Malik El Shabazz.

    Idiots like Delonas – and the people who support his lack of a mind – are only copying his Willie Lynch, 12 sandwiches short of a happy meal mentality as they sing his praises with great praise and write to the heavens of his supposed hilarity.

    Again, none of this should come as a shock.

    Remember the owner of the Lafayette Bakery in New York’s Greenwich Village asking his customers if they ‘would like some ‘drunken negro head cookies’ to go with their coffee?

    This item made its debut on Martin Luther King Day in ‘honor’ of President Barack Obama. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/26/drunken-negros-cookies-ne_n_161073.html

    Then of course, there was the front cover of the New Yorker depicting Michelle Obama complete with automatic weapon and AFro…

    And the ‘ONECITIZEN’ rag depicting Michelle Obama being tortured and lynched by the KKK…on May 22, of 2008 – three days and a number of decades after the birth of Malcolm X – and several other honored and revolutionary AFRIKANS.

    http://michelleobamawatch.com/liberals-and-their-satire-new-yorker-cover-features-gun-toting-michelle-obama-rocking-and-afro

    http://whataboutourdaughters.blogspot.com/2008/05/michelle-obama-depicted-being.html

    What I do find fascinating is that people – AFRIKAN people in particular – are still being ‘shocked’ about this 21st century Willy Lynch style, white supremacist bullsh*t…

    Some of us think that just because Obama was selected president of the U.S. (with hugs and kisses from Israel for continuing the bu$h regime’s slaughter of Palestinians and Haitians – to name but a few) that 600 years of AFRIKAN oppression by empire building white supremacists and their ideologies were going to vanish into thin air – and overnight too, no less.

    Did we imagine Camelot in blackface?

    Get a fu**king grip!

    Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation as a matter of economic necessity, not because he gave a rat’s ass about empowering AFRIKAN people and / or about eliminating our enslavement.

    Wanna laugh?

    Check out some truly apropos bu$h*t @ : http://www.nowpublic.com/culture/americas-most-infamous

    Bu$h*t, I might add, that was ‘voted’ into office by way of fixing the ‘selection’ process – twice…

    But no matter…

    Everyone who voted apparently couldn’t get enuff uv that (bush) $h*t on the couch, & only wanted 4 more years of exposure to ‘a ‘little’ white lying…..’

    Forward,

    m

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