This post I’m providing the link to below is one of the best commentaries I’ve heard yet about the socio-political tsunami that is the New York Post cartoon. The only thing I would say differently is that I don’t believe it is just about white-on-black racism versus black-on-black violence; I think it’s also about getting bogged down by individual and generally insignificant issues rather than dealing with the greater problems at large.
We do this all too often in society. Sure, there should be consequences for the one person on some radio show somewhere who says something racist, homophobic, or misogynistic, but we need to deal with systemic racism, homophobia, and misogyny. The one guy on the radio show seems to engender unequivocal outrage throughout the mass media and general public. The story permeates the news cycle and public discourse for days or longer. But where is the discussion about society’s bigotry? I suppose it’s easier to blame one guy, or one newspaper, but it’s not a big enough step to solving the issue of bigotry and intolerance. It’s a massive problem to conquer, to be sure, but we can’t keep shrinking from it by scapegoating and claiming we’re doing something. “We’re fighting bigotry. See? We got that guy fired who said/wrote that racist thing!”