I have read and enjoyed The New Yorker Magazine for years, but the cover they’ve decided to run for the July 21st issue’s story on Obama and the politics of fear was a really, really horrible error in judgment.
Per the magazine’s statement (quote via The Huffington Post), the illustration:
“…satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama’s campaign.“
Do you feel the satire? Or does the picture of Michelle with an Angela Davis ‘fro, combat boots, army fatigues, a bullet belt, and an assault rifle on her back—ready to pick off “whitey” at a moment’s notice—alarm the shit out of you? No? Then how about the picture of Osama bin Laden on the wall (because, you know, “Osama” and “Obama” sound just alike so, you know, they’re boys, you know, and are scheming together to finish America off)? What about the flag burning in the fireplace IN THE OVAL OFFICE (where Michelle and Obama are standing as they give each other a “terrorist fist jab“). We won’t even talk about Obama adorned in traditional Muslim clothing.
And they say this was meant as a satire? Like the Republicans won’t run this image in the ground until every person who ever feared the worst of people of color is intimidated and, therefore, buys into it?
Shame on you, New Yorker. You just lined yourselves up with the David Dukes of the world, only you’re worse. At least he was an open member of the Klan. Pull your sheet off New Yorker and show your true face!!!
*Thanks for the heads-up, Matt. This image has me reeling. I don’t know if I’ll ever touch a New Yorker magazine again.