Above is the latest cover of The New Yorker, which has a satirical cover, as they describe it of Sen. Barack Obama in a robe and turban with his wife, Michelle, in a “blow-out” afro, army pants and a machine gun with the American flag burning and a picture of bin Laden on the side.
This “satire” obviously is not funny and is tinged with many political overtones. Besides playing into the Obama-Muslim myth, in which polls state that 10% of Americans believe that he is a Muslim (I recently heard that it has climbed to 15%) and that most Americans would not vote for a Muslim to be President, it also plays on the old militant “Angry Black Woman” motiff.
The depiction of Mrs. Obama is an old play of what scared many whites in the 60′s, the militant black, who is “out to get whitey” ala the depictions of Angela Davis when she was a member of the Black Panther Party. This cover is a not so subtle challenge to Obama’s persona of being a “post-racial candidate.” How can he be “post-racial” if his wife is the second coming of Sister Souljah, right?
Also, could this “satire” also imply to some that Americans need to be fearful of a “Black” – Muslim alliance that could “change” or overtake the American way of life?
This cover is more than distasteful; it is loaded with several messages that invoke old and current prejudices within our society. This publication has the freedom of speech to print such things. I suppose that they also have the freedom to invoke fear as well.