The general blog drought around here lately will, regrettably, continue a while longer as I dig out from under a big pile of work that isn’t getting done on its own. But I just had to poke my head up for a minute to comment on this bit of silliness from the lunatics over at Uncommon Descent.
By now I’m sure you’ve seen the New York Post cartoon, in which a policeman, having just shot and killed a chimpanzee, remarks, “They’ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill.” This was a play off the recent story about the pet chimpanzee who went crazy and mauled a woman. The cartoon is in rather poor taste, since the the stimulus bill is closely associated with President Obama, and depicting black people as apes has a long and distressing history in American popular culture.
Andrew Sibley draws a different lesson:
A cartoon in an American paper, the New York Post, has brought fresh attention to the race problems in some sections of society. The cartoon shows a chimpanzee shot dead by police with an unsubtle caption referring to the new American President Obama.
Where does the idea that human beings are related to apes come from? It comes straight from Darwinism. There is some irony that the left loves both Darwin and Obama, but Darwinism leads to racism and fascism where the African is considered less evolved and closer to apes than the Caucasian. It is time for the left to address honestly the dark side of Darwinism.
Right. This cartoon, which attacks a Democratic President and appeared in a far-right-wing newspaper, reveals the follies of the left. The implication that the stimulus bill was written by apes was not a metaphorical attack on the wisdom of the bill, it was a statement about common descent.
I’m afraid Sibley’s post is far funnier than the cartoon itself.