The furor over the NY Post's editorial cartoon featuring a dead chimp killed by police continues as the NAACP called for the resignation of Post editor-in-chief Col Allan and cartoonist Sean Delonas, as well as anyone else "involved in the decision to print the image."
The Post made a sort-of apology for the cartoon, which shows a fatally shot chimp and one cop saying, "They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill"—which prompted many to think this was an allusion to President Obama, who is closely associated with the stimulus package (the Post claimed it was "meant to mock an ineptly written federal stimulus bill"). NAACP President Benjamin Todd Jealous wasn't convinced, calling the cartoon "an invitation to assassination" and that it "picks off the scabs of all the racial wounds."
NAACP Chairman Julian Bond said the cartoon represented "thoughtlessness taken to the extreme. ... Anyone who is not offended by it does not have any sensitivity." When the AP asked the Post for comment, the Post referred to the "apology" editorial. The NAACP website is collecting complaints to the Post. And the NAACP is celebrating its centennial this year; it was created in Springfield, IL after a race riot in 1908.