Man in Georgia creates T-shirt... (debate) So I heard on the news yesterday about a man in Georgia who has recently created a t-shirt that has a picture of Curious George on it eating a banana. Under the picture is a caption that reads "Obama in 2008". Now, the man has come under fire (I believe rightfully so) because of the image that he chose to use (a monkey) - likening it to Obama (a black man). The man in Georgia was interviewed about the shirt and he claims anyhow, that he only picked Curious George because the cartoon figure looks like Obama (i.e. protruding ears, hairline, etc.). However, critics have criticized based on historical references of monkeys to blacks and the negative connotation in the past. Personally, I suspect the man in Georgia did have racial motivation behind the shirt... but the point of my thread isn't about the shirt... I'm raising another point. So... we have this shirt and Obama. There clearly is a history in which blacks have been compared to primates in an attempt to historically dehumanize them and to justify violence toward blacks. There is no argument about the history. However, for the last 7 years there have been continual comparisons to Geroge Bush to chimps - in fact, many leftist websites and blogs refer to Bush as "Chimpy". There are websites out there such as www.bushorchimp.com where he has been routinely been compared to a monkey. Of course, the media hasn't paid any attention over the last 7 years to the routine Bush-bashing or disparaging comments, but this issue with the t-shirt has been made a news-story. So the question get's raised: Is there a double standard by the media in making an issue out of this t-shirt? Or... is it different because Obama is black and the historical reference noted earlier? Is it a product of politics and Obama should get ready to get bashed and attacked as well? Or is it something different? Personally, I'm a bit torn on the issue. One one side I have a tendency to see the double standard here. Part of me wants to say "what's good for the goose, is good for the gander" - yet a part of me can't disregard the historical connotation and the fact that Obama is black. Do you guys think that it's wrong? Is the media playing favorites? Is there a double-standard? I lean toward yes on the double standard issue.