NAACP chief: Post’s racist cartoon invites assassination

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous calls for a boycott of the New York Post and the removal of editor-in-chief Col Allan. Bondareff/AP

NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous calls for a boycott of the New York Post and the removal of editor-in-chief Col Allan.

The head of the nation’s oldest civil rights group is urging a boycott of the New York Post – for publishing a cartoon he says is an invitation to assassinate the President.

NAACP President Benjamin Jealous blasted the fact-challenged tabloid for its attempt to apologize for the racially charged cartoon – and said Post editor in chief Col Allan and cartoonist Sean Delonas should get the boot.

Jealous hammered the Post Saturday as NAACP leaders gathered in New York for an annual meeting of the century-old organization, which is still seeking reparations for slavery.

The Post’s decision to publish the cartoon “picks off the scabs of all the racial wounds,” Jealous said, and is “an invitation to assassination.”

His comments came on the heels of a protest outside the newspaper’s Manhattan office Friday during which filmmaker Spike Lee called on celebrities to support the boycott.

The cartoon shows the bullet-riddled body of a chimpanzee with two cops standing nearby. One says, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.”

Following Thursday’s initial protests, the paper issued a lame apology on its Web site and claimed the cartoon was intended to criticize an “ineptly written” federal economic stimulus bill.

But Jealous rejected the Post’s mea culpa as “half of an apology – without elaboration.”

He and other NAACP leaders said the paper must respond with “serious disciplinary action.” If not, they vowed to urge organizations across the country to join in the boycott.

NAACP Chairman Julian Bond rejected the Post’s charge that the cartoon was not a racist statement.

“Anyone who is not offended by it does not have any sensitivity,” Bond said.With News Wire Services

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