…I’ve got a few things to say about this so-called Barack Obama/Curious George t-shirt controversy.
Yesterday evening, a white friend of mine sent me a text message asking what I thought about the Obama/Curious George t-shirt. I responded by saying I thought it was a bunch of people getting upset over nothing. I then went on to say that I felt that sometimes people just need something to protest and that’s how “leaders” like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton make their money.
Now I don’t like being in a position of having to defend George W. Bush or the Republicans, but they make a very good point. If you go to Google.com, key in “George W. Bush” & “monkey” and click the button marked “Google Search”, the first website that pops up is www.bushorchimp.com.
So here’s the deal…
…You’ve got two national political figures. One’s the President of the United States and one’s a United States Senator. For eight years, not a word was said in opposition to the President of the United States being compared to a monkey, chimpanzee, or any other member of that biological order known as primates. But now, a U.S. Senator who just happens to be black gets compared to a monkey and the charges of racism start flying, protests and boycotts are being organized…give me a break.
As a black guy, am I offended by the Curious George t-shirts? No more than I am about bushorchimp.com.
But hey, if it makes you feel any better, then to quote Giant Brian and Shafee of the radio station Project 9-6-1, I denounce those t-shirts.