If you associate a gorilla with a human (hum-cis?) being, you might think of a hulking, brutish fellow, of any race. But not in Texas: there, according to some people, gorillas are a stand-in for Africans, and a symbol of white oppression.
A Texas community is up in arms after a popular gorilla statue was removed from its cage at a carnival-themed playground due to complaints that it was "racially insensitive."
“Dobby” the gorilla was removed on Monday after proudly standing in the Corsicana Community Park for 19 years.
The city alerted residents in a Facebook post that the gorilla was removed because "it was determined to be potentially racially insensitive.”
Corsicana Mayor Don Denbow made the same point in a letter to the Corsicana Daily Sun Tuesday evening. The mayor said there had always been complaints about the display, but they had increased in recent years, paralleling the rise of political correctness and victim culture.
About 45 complaints led to the removal of Dobby, Denbow said.
But disappointment over the gorilla's removal was voiced by people of a variety of races in interviews with the local Fox News affiliate. In fact, the local media has been unable to find anyone who actually supported the boneheaded move.
"It's like part of the childhood," one local resident said. "I used to play here." He told Fox 4 that there should have been a vote on it.
A woman said that "if they're really that sensitive there's a whole lotta things they can do. They can come vote. If they're really sensitive they can come to the city commission's meeting."
"The gorilla's been here since I can remember," a young mother complained. "My kids know this park as the gorilla park."
Last week, a statue of President William McKinley, Civil War veteran, abolitionist, and fairly harmless guy whose assassination ushered Teddy Roosevelt into the White House, was plucked from public view in Arcata CA, because its presence offended the descendants of an Indian tribe.
McKinley was no gorilla, nor is a gorilla a black man, but we're living in absolutely bat-shit crazy times.