It was a disgusting cartoon and I saw no humor in it. When brought to task, the paper refused to do anything, although later it apologized to 'some' who might be offended.
It's racist if the reader perceives it to be. I am a white female, I found it racist and disgusting. I found nothing funny in that. I would never read a paper that felt it was ok to approach an issue that way.
Everything about the chimp incident was a tragedy. I thought it was doubly inexcusable to use something about that incident, especially in a racist way.
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Coretta Scott King