Night Strike wrote:Alright, let's take another look at the poster.
"Obamanomics" CLEARLY indicates that the individual is referring to the economic policies of Obama, his administration, and his supporters in Congress. When it comes to economic policies of the president, who gives a flying f*** about what race he/she is????? His economic policies of spending were clearly mimicking the spending policies of Bush, which is why the sign says what it does. Race is irrelevant in economics (unless you're talking about reparations) as economic policies affect people, not races.
I agree, one should not care about the race. The point here is however, that the people who made the poster are clearly trying to highlight that race in a negative way.
They are doing so by morphing a common phrase, and coupling it with a long used monkey=black person=lesser person racist theme, that has been used quite often. In this case, its clear it is obama himself the poster is attacking, and clear that the only reason the phrase monkey see, monkey spend was used, was to associate the idea of obama being a monkey.
The reason this is obvious, is because the poster would simply not make much sense if obama was white, because the phrase simply lacks the meaning of the original phrase, in both meaning and sentiment.
What is clear is that the main point of the poster, is to equate obama with a monkey, and because he is black. I myself would go so far as to suggest that most carrying such a poster, would even be honest about this, and go so far as to concede it directly.
Further, while it can be explained with some plausible deniability, however thin, that its just a coincidence that Obama happens to be black, and that the word monkey is often used as a racist term with black people, and that the picture of the monkey is next to the word obamanomics....I think its naive to do so at best, and reprehensible at worst, because it is defending something that was created to be overtly racist, while perhaps trying to camoflage it with a common phrase, that was only changed, for a convenient opportunity to post a racist slur.
As far as suggesting the sign was comparing Obama to Bush, is simply laughable, and over the line of plausible deniability and into the realm of delusion, or more precisely outright dishonesty.
Its all semantics meant to try to justify a racist poster in the end, and not a very good job of it at that. Its just too bad some are fooled by such things, and continue to fuel racial tension, when there really are a great number of problems that need attention. Unfortunately, outright racism cannot be ignored, because if it is, it thrives, and in many parts of the country and political arenas, it is by all means, allowed to do just that thrive. I thank my parents so much for having the courage to fight such things, and stand up against such evils, because I know very easily, with just slightly different teachings and attitudes, I could have ended up being one of these racist cowards that somehow believed they were better, because they simply happened to be born in a certain place, or of a certain race.