NAACP holds demonstration in Richmond of controversial cartoon

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Protests were held nationwide Thursday over the New York Post cartoon that critics say likens a violent chimpanzee to President Barack Obama. The NAACP planned the protests. Members say they want the artist behind the controversial cartoon fired.

The cartoon has sparked outrage by some who call it offensive and racist. It plays off the recent police shooting of an out of control chimp. The caption reads, 'They'll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill."

"It basically invites the assassination of our 44th president," said King Salim Khalfani, Executive Director of the NAACP.

As part of a nationwide protest, members of several branches of the NAACP gathered in Richmond to speak out against the cartoon which has been called racist.

"It also affiliates us with chimpanzee and primates and that's been used to dehumanize people of African descent," said Khalfani.

The New York Post has published an apology stating the cartoon was meant to "mock a badly written piece of legislation."

"Fire the editor and chief and the cartoonist. That's a real apology," Khalfani said. "The New York Post needs to change and when the people speak, we make change."

Similar protests were held throughout Virginia Thursday as well as in New York, Houston, Boston and Baltimore.

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