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If you ever find yourself confused and even hurt by the racism that has been levied against the Obama family, join the club.  A Belgian newspaper is getting questions from around the world after it portrayed President and Mrs. Obama as apes in its publication.  De Morgan is a progressive newspaper that somehow felt that the image was appropriate for the Obama’s visit to The Netherlands on Monday.

Nigeria’s Chika Unigwe tweeted a picture of the image and it went global in a matter of minutes.   In the spread, the newspaper not only portrayed the Obamas as apes, but it also made jokes about the president and first lady selling marijuana.   The newspaper pretended that the images came from Russian President Vladimir Putin. 

 “Vladimir Putin is the president of Russia. He sent us this attachment at our request, and chose to send pictures instead of text ‘because he doesn’t have a lot of time’,” the Independent said, in a failed effort at humor.  

Some people see the images as a joke, but it’s not funny to those who know the history of African Americans being compared with Apes.

“In their defense, there are tons upon tons of pictures and t-shirts with Bush drawn as an ape,” someone wrote on the popular website, Reddit.com. 

De Morgan did apologize for the offensive photos, admitting that they are “guilty of bad taste.”

“When you consider the fragment apart from its context, which is a properly worked out satirical section, then you don’t see the joke but just a picture evoking sheer racism,” the newspaper said. “We wrongly assumed that racism is no longer accepted, and that in this way it could be the subject of a joke.”

What are your thoughts?  Was the newspaper out of line with this image.

50 Comments

  1. Greg Gross

    March 25, 2014 at 1:45 am

    Maybe the fruit doesn’t fall too far from history’s tree. When you check out the story of King Leopold II and the genocide he wrought on the Congo back in the day, the newspaper pic doesn’t seem quite so shocking anymore. Old Leo made Hitler look like a beginner.

    • TEWDROWOS

      March 25, 2014 at 4:33 pm

      I agree Greg

    • Wilbur gethers

      March 25, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      And that is why Germany showed not mercy to holland during WWII. By the way Holland and the Netherlands are the same they are dutch .

      • Adrea Adams

        March 29, 2014 at 4:33 pm

        Yes, and we know what the Dutch did in South Africa: Apartheid, for those not knowing. Agendas are what they are, whoever/ whatever entity engages media to attempt to perpetuate negativity is obviously supporting the projection of any human as other than that.// Without exception united blacks reject these despicable images.

    • Carol Watts

      April 7, 2014 at 3:14 pm

      Isn’t that the truth!

  2. JustALady

    March 25, 2014 at 10:03 am

    It’s never ok for anyone to call another human being anything other than that, a human being. For an allegedly educated journalist(s) to even think about posting something like this in a newspaper makes me wonder exactly what agenda this newspaper is following. Even if it did come from Putin it would make me question exactly where his head is (probably tucked neatly in his butt). These silly little boys (and girls, if involved) should use the newspaper to report on the news and not their silly, childish views!

  3. Wil May

    March 25, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    A good number of white people world-wide, are born racist. Some are physically and mentally insecure and process a false since of superiority. They use their white skin and past-on colonial ways to exploit people-of-color. Therefore, its not surprising to see a racist’s newspaper depicting the Obamas in a monkey-like fashion. here in the United States, white people will be a minority in another 20 years. Will reverse racism impact them?

  4. olivia

    March 25, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    To Darwin A. Miller and many other non-whites. White people are NEVER IGNORANT ABOUT RACISM! THEY KNOW EXACTLY WHAT THEY ARE DOING!!! They are taught fundamentals of it almost from their escape (groan) from the womb! They are subhuman, very clever, cunning, and psychopathic!

    • TEWDROWOS

      March 25, 2014 at 4:35 pm

      very true Olivia

    • FunFacts

      March 26, 2014 at 2:08 am

      That is so true. Whites are a plague upon this earth. They are full of hatred , ignorance and intolerance. They are constantly thinking of ways to try to hurt Black people and other non-whites. They are an evil race that hopefully one day will be extinct.

  5. Al Dawson

    March 25, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    It never seems to amaze me that some so called white people have a tendence to say something that is on their mind and then try to apologize it away. That is only indicative of the size of the brain of the person. I ask myself what would make an educated person of this caliber print a picture of this nature refering to the President of the United States. He/she must have an IQ of 1. Newspaper editor you need tp wake up and smell the roses. You and your paper will be lost in the end.

    You really need to turn to your Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    • mrA

      March 25, 2014 at 7:55 pm

      Question Mr. Dawson? What does jesus have to do with this article? This is one of our problems as a people. We aways expect God to get us out of our worldly transgressions. God has given us the tools we need but we refuse to use them. Its time to help ourselves before its too late.

  6. Ann G.

    March 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm

    Racism is alive and kicking the world over. White people have a terrible lack of self confidence and since they will soon be the minority, they are running stark raving mad, they are truly afraid these days of reverse discrimination should they be the minority. If Putin sent these pictures it just goes to show he is nothing more than a 5ft 2in little Russian redneck! I bet he is upset because the President and the first lady are taller than he is!

  7. Bucktooth

    March 25, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    Really? Look at the history of these barbarians! Nothing has changed..they’re just wearing different clothes! They were part of the Roman Empire..German..etc. How stupid to assume racism is dead in the world! We could float pics of these clowns around dressed in devil attire..cause that’s what they are!!

  8. Calexfo

    March 25, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    I constantly and seriously wondering why the constant utterances of blatant RACISM and disrespect to the President of the United States of America by people whose DNA is perhaps connected to the absolute elements of racism, hatred, disrespect, indiscipline, illiteracy, hypocrisy and total disrespect for their fellowman simply because of a difference in skin color, education, accomplishments and strength.

    I wonder if the constant barrage of nonsense to some people like Barack Obama, The President of the USA is necessary to prove a point of ignorance and total stupidity that spans their generations because of their weakness?

    The captions displayed in the newspaper Belgian newspaper, De Morgan is grossly inappropriate and has absolutely no journalistic value and in my mind have reduced them to disrespectful TRASH not worthy of readership.

    People who resort to such silliness are empty and their lack of manners shows in their everyday life and what they do. I for one is never surprised with anything those who perceive the world as being ‘white’ see the rest of the world. When that day comes when those fools will become totally insignificant and will not even be mentioned in the footnotes of history.

    Seriously folks, this is nothing but racism at its finest displayed by the folks in Belgium and when Nigeria’s Chika Unigwe tweeted such despicable photo of the President and the First lady. Disrespect should not be a state of mind, it should not even be condidered.

  9. SweetTweet

    March 25, 2014 at 1:28 pm

    Plain and simple — bulls…!

  10. malcolm

    March 25, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Some people will always have disrespect for some people bit it is time that we have respect for ourselves, and start holding ourselves and each other to a higher standard, The person who depicted the president and the beautiful first lady as apes I wonder what they look like, I bet he or she does not look as good as the President and his beautiful wife Michelle Obama, and if they are married I bet their wife does not compare with the first lady also. it is just a shame that some of us take the negative things that people say about us and internalize it, which is why a lot of Black people have a very low self image of themselves and each other.

  11. Charles AkA Bigdipper1961

    March 25, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    As a Black Man I have more White Friends than Black. I convinced myself that the racial climate in America was improving instead just an illusion. I’ve been around for a while and seen a great deal of racism. Emmitt Till and I would be the same age had he not been murdered.
    I say that to reference my opinion. When we elect a Black Man and Woman who possesses such a high intellects and are the most powerful political couple in the world then the mean spirited racists comes out from all of their hiding places and try to infect the rest of us with their slim and hatred. So, let us continue to push for fair and equal treatment in America. The Obama’s are a credit to both our Country and our race and though we may not always agree with them, they do it with such grace and class. Now,with respect to the racists… consider the source.

  12. ericaf

    March 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm

    You can’t unspill the milk. People do and say disrespectful things then say sorry. It doesn’t change the fact of what was done. We as black people have a history of accepting what is done to us and it is getting old. J€₩$ don’t take anything from the world after the Holocaust. They take action with their dollars. We need to be united and do the same.

  13. Tye Ukpong

    March 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    This areticle is the epitome of disgusting. If the Obama’s as highly accomplished as they are in all areas could be treated this way, then what about the rest of us and while we are at it, even the Africans?. And we worship the same God?
    the only solution thatI see is for all the “apes” of Africa to get their acts together and transform Africa. This war can never be won without the development of Africa…where we could proudly call home and schedule vacations. Please join and support http://www.acpdo.org

  14. janp

    March 25, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Ok so what do we boycott? I am sick of “I am sorry” especially when it’s obvious that you are not. White folks understand money. I don’t care if they are born racist or raised that way or its in the genes. They do understand money. So what’s the next move. Respect unfortunately today equals fear of not spending. So I am ready. What’s next?????

  15. godfather05

    March 25, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    These racist and bigots knew exactly what they were doing and then they want to say that this was inappropriate. They are racist, bigoted pigs period.

  16. ana

    March 25, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Putin and the white trolls are running scared,after all they are the scavengers,minorities and scumbags…Oh well,back to the meth labs and redneck hills.

  17. norman Russell

    March 25, 2014 at 5:42 pm

    The Belgian newspaper is no different from their “German counterparts who slaughtered the six million Jews during World War2

  18. William W. Blocker,III

    March 25, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Have all of u lost your minds? What is more racist than the executive of the U.S. and Mrs. Obama being portrayed as anything other than HUMAN BEINGS. NEVER will this be considered as a joke, funny, humorous, etc. This is blatant RACISM at its worst.

    You white people will never get enough of humiliation, racism or stupidity when it comes to portraying African Americans as anything other than intelligent, rhythmic, powerful, beautiful people. You steal,destroy or violate our humanity at every turn. Our lives, brilliance, music, dances, colloquialisms, mannerisms,slang, style of everything that has been always better than the punks, bammas and bastards you really are.

    Wake up white people, pretty soon you will be in the MINORITY, but I guarantee that we the majority will treat you with dignity, honor and respect as human beings for we already have tolerated your ignorance for centuries and it is time for the world of color to revert to the GOLDEN RULE: TREAT OTHERS AS YOU WISH TO BE TREATED and let GOD deal with the FOOLS and guide little children to the bosom of right and wrong or pay accordingly!!!

    • lisle forde

      March 25, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      You MOTHER FUCKERS should be ashamed of yourselves,It was your BASTARD king leopold 2nd that caused over 20 million people,from the CONGO TO DIE ON THE RUBBER PLANTATIONS,NOT FORGETTING THOSE THAT HAD THEIR HANDS CHOPPED OFF,IF THEY DID NOT MAKE THEIR QUOTA ,I WOUL LIKE SOME OF YOU ASSHOLES TO COME OVER HERE TO LA. AND JUST SAY HALF OF THAT SHIT!!

    • mrA

      March 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm

      Mr. Blocker, as far as the golden rule……….A man can’t fool with the golden rule in a crowd that don’t play fair! So you better act like you know. The bible says an eye for an eye!

    • J. D. Hill

      March 26, 2014 at 2:46 am

      Aaaamen, brother!!!!

  19. Gregory A. King King

    March 25, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    Obama is the second black president , John Hanson was the first . EVERY RACE COMES FROM NEGROES SO IF WE ARE MONKEYS SAY HELLO TO YOUR UNCLE! LOL

  20. JMC

    March 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Oh goodness, this was done for everyone to get their panties in a bunch. Hee Hee, Ha Ha.

    Nice photoshop. Good job.

    • Rebecca

      March 25, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Based on your post here, you are the scum of the earth. You think as a person with limited knowledge which demonstrates who you are. You are so insecure and you will never be respected by intelligent human beings. Needless, to say, dogs probably would run away from you because your behavior is totally unacceptable.

      • Mela

        March 26, 2014 at 1:05 pm

        He’s related to his dog, Lol!

  21. H. LAVERNE HARDIN, J.D.

    March 25, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    APOLOGY NOT ACCEPTED.

  22. Richard Pollard

    March 26, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Our dear sweet wise mother used to always say “you can take the people out of the slum but you can’t take the slum out of the people.
    This expression fits you perfectly, having so called higher education hasn’t elevate you to no higher standard at all.
    Your presentation of the President of United States and the First Lady shows that you still have the slum in you.
    Why make fun at the Obama’s who because of their High Office can’t retaliate to such Lowness that you represent.
    Why don’t you go and make fun at the Taliban, yes go ahead and do it! let us see how smart you!
    “Make Their Day.”

  23. Bert C

    March 26, 2014 at 1:32 am

    This kind of hatred is pervasive around the world. This is why it perplexes me why he hates the Black side of him, which comes out in the way he treats Blacks, and his utter contempt for us. I think Blacks are in denial about this. Most of his policies are Anti-Black, he has not lift one finger to try and address the violence in his home town. These are the people that sent him to the U.S. Senate, and he care nothing about them.

    • FunFacts

      March 26, 2014 at 2:31 am

      What you said is ridiculous. President Obama is the President of the United States not the President of his home town. He is trying to help everyone in this country. He cares about all of the U. S. citizens. He cares about young African American men being lost and left out of the U. S. work force and turning to crime as their source of income.

      In many cases they turn to crime and drugs because they are jobless and have no hope. The President has started the ” My Brother’s Keeper Program” to help them and that includes people in his home town.
      For you to say he is anti-black is the most ridiculous thing.

  24. J. D. Hill

    March 26, 2014 at 2:44 am

    No human being (Black or otherwise) should ever be portrayed as an animal. Not only would that be in bad taste, it’s a display of an ungodly and demonic spirit on behalf of the one who presents it.

    God created man in His own [spiritual] image. Man’s spirit mirrors that of God – not an animal!

  25. olivia

    March 26, 2014 at 3:35 am

    white people are not now, nor have ever been the majority “race”. They want us to think we are a minority of this world in order to take our minds away from their constantly shrinking population. The ONLY way they can procreate now is with the help of fertility drugs! And this huge onslaught of racist behavior means they are fearing for their very existence. And just because we have traveled further in time does not mean that our lives are improving. 1914 or 2014; things are still the same, there are many of us that are still slaves and unjust laws are still on the books.

  26. Sistagirl from the Boogie Down Bronx

    March 26, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    Just wondering…

    What are race relations like in Belgium? If any reader cares to comment, I would be interested and maybe others would be interested in hearing. Isn’t Belgium where Marvin Gaye took refuge during his tax exile?

  27. Mela

    March 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    Can anyone expect anything better from these creatures? NO!

  28. Sugahbe

    March 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    South Afrikaners (Apartheid)are decedents of Dutch. Just because Marvin Gaye lived there years, years ago don’t mean a thing. They are not to welcoming of Blacks. Lok it up!

  29. Rev. George Brooks

    March 26, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    With these, and all of the other pictures that whites have been coming up with that portray President Obama and his wife, disrespectfully, I cannot wait until the next WHITE president is in the White House. Because myself and a few others are going to “fight fire with fire,” so to speak. We will be putting out pictures of the cracker and his wife is ape and monkey style, because, in truth, whites also came from this same species originally, just as we all here on earth. And it all started in Africa, where the original people that eventually evolved into what we all now look like. And this, folks, was far back before this Adam and Eve in the Bible, which is merely a fairy tale made up and falsely told by the Jews (Hebrews)that wrote the bible. — Rev. George Brooks

  30. love is

    March 26, 2014 at 11:57 pm

    The only problem I see is someone don’t know what human in this world. I rest my case.

  31. stephanie

    March 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Idiots will be idiots

  32. stephanie

    March 30, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Idiots will be idiots.

  33. Haile Selassie

    April 1, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    I would think that people are so now advanced that they would not engage in European evil, devilish raciam, any more at this point in time after we have all seen the devish evils and ignorance of it but thousand years since the birth of their savior which they are always professing they love him whom they donot know and they are not yet capable or enlightened to love their own brothers and sisters because they of a different hue.They have to die out for their European Racism to die out because they are marinated in such European ignorance.In feel so sorry for them that I can cry for them.You always wanted to know who the Devil was donot tell me you donot know now.

  34. Haile Selassie

    April 1, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    President Obama The Great and his Lovely family have been sent by God The Great Creator to teach the Ignorant and help America to straighten up and fly right and it will be done.If you think that the cost of education in great consider the cost of IGNORANCE.

  35. Haile Selassie

    April 3, 2014 at 10:20 pm

    They may say and think what they want but they call him Mr President eh.The very best of them all, from George Slave Owner washington president to the present.In case you did not hear me, United States Great President Barach Obama and its Beautifulest First Lady The Great Michelle Obama Forever.

  36. Juanita

    April 12, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    This is just shameful. @Scuba Scuba · I think it was mostly white folks that claim Dumbya look like a monkey and if it was black folks or people of colors i.e. Asians, Hispanics etc doing that, shame on them too. It is wrong. Why do white folks like you love to go to black folks sites and say stupid shyt? Regardless, it was wrong and racist!

  37. Kupon Kodları

    June 19, 2020 at 11:00 am

    He was willing to find the depths of the rabbit hole in order to be with her.

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