Friday, February 20, 2009

T is for Teapot from Taiwan

My son gave me this teapot made out of store receipts (not glued or wired together)

T is for Ticked
The New York Post must think people are stupid

No matter what the original intent it is astonishing that given the history of ugly racist propaganda/stereotypes (most recently during the presidential race) this cartoon could be seen as funny or politically astute in some way.
For more information and protest letter please visit Color of Change.
thanks to Impatient Blogger for the info and link
The Art of Propaganda has a long ugly history and it is always the same when racism is confronted. There are protestations of ignorance, of innocence, but sir it was only a cookie, a joke, a right to offend. Ah people shouldn't be so easily offended.
Why not, that is the intent is it not.
Sometimes it isn't a matter of being offended, it's not wanting to empower those who would demean or dehumanize others with our silence.

"State of Mind"
backstory here

The Ranks of Hate Swell-Southern Poverty Law Center


David Ben-Ariel said...

JafaBrit says on DL's blog: it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand the impact of such an image given the history of its usage to demean people of colour

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that WE ARE ALL PEOPLE OF COLOR and that using that phrase for non-whites exclusively is racist and ironic since, technically, black is the absence of color.

JafaBrit's Art said...

I get where you are coming from, unfortunately the reality in this particular case is that the imagery used has a long history to demean a specific segment of people in regards to their colour.

Margot Potter said...


This is a hot button topic indeed! I think ultimately people will rationalize everything that doesn't fit their personal mythology. We all do that. It's too difficult for many people to admit that racism is alive and well in this country. The phrase 'people of color' is universally understood and by using it you aren't being racist. I don't get the connect.

We live in a complicated world that is further complicated by our colliding agendas. I'm not really interested in arguing semantics or politics or religion, I'm willing to have a discussion and to hear other points of view. I have at my age come to a point where I'm pretty clear about how I feel and I don't feel the need to argue.

I have a blog so I can work out my personal feelings and thoughts through writing. I think that's why you're here too. I think if people want to spout their personal agendas, they should get their own blogs.

We will never, ever all see reality through the same lens. I saw this cartoon as playing to a long standing racial stereotype, as did you and many others. If other people see it as a statement about Obama being crazed...that's their perogative. I think they're wrong. They think I'm wrong.

I feel that even if the artist didn't intend for the connection to be made, someone at the New York Post should have seen the connection.

I'm not angry at people who share a dissenting opinion, which is I think the difference in our stances. I'm not attacking them for not thinking the way I do. I can't bully someone into my point of view.

Why are people so angry?

Thank you for your thoughtful, eloquent post and for your provocative and powerful art. Don't let anyone silence your voice through their anger.


JafaBrit's Art said...

"term people of color has been embraced"

I did find a good article that gave reasons to object to its use though.
It is a valid argument, however as a means to identify the targets of hatred it seems relevant to point out who they are according to how THEY define themselves.

LOL, margot I only have one personal agenda on MY blog, ART and how it relates to life, and reflects issues that I come across in life.

thanks for dropping by.

Bill Evertson said...

The cartoon is even offensive in the context of the original attack. The victim is severely mauled with doctors deciding if she is a candidate for a full face transplant. Too soon for me to see humor in any context. I just saw on the evening news that the Post has offered a half hearted apology.

Balhatain said...

Makes you wonder if they were hoping to create a controversy.

Lana Gramlich said...

That teapot's WAY too cool!

JafaBrit's Art said...

"Makes you wonder if they were hoping to create a controversy."

Well, that is very possible,sometimes people think the negative publicity is worth it.

Hum, Bill a double whammy, urg!

Lana, I was fascinated when my son gave to me. Not one wire or piece of glue to hold it together.

Janvangogh said...

My first impression of the cartoon was to connect the recent wild chimp story with the Infinite Monkey Theory. (given an infinite amount of time a monkey with a typewriter will eventually type the complete text of the Bible). After all, the police man did say write, not sign.