On Wednesday, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) received an offensive t-shirt in the mail; the shirt had “a cartoon image of Curious George, the beloved children’s character, with a paper bag over his head holding a sign that says ‘A Truth We Can Believe in ’08!!!’ written underneath.” The Washington Post describes the back of the shirt:
The back of the shirt lists several African American organizations. … It prints the United Nations’ definition of “racial discrimination” and states, underneath the listing of all the black organizations, “Who is really causing the Racial Division.”
The t-shirt also says: “There are over 1,000 African American, Hispanic and other minority organizations in America. How many white organizations can you find? Or can you imagine what would happen every time one was made?” Mingled with the listing of the numerous black organizations is the Ku Klux Klan and two Hispanic groups.
CBCF president Elsie Scott was disturbed by the image of Curious George with a bag over his head, which reminded her of a lynching. Recently, other controversial t-shirts featuring Curious George and Obama ’08 logos have also appeared.