You know what? I know The New Yorker’s cover is supposed to be satirical and all that, but they are not taking into account all of the people who will see the cover and not understand the satire. (“Satire? Is that one of them half-man/half-beast thingies?” No, that’s a satyr. “Satyr? Is that one of them Jew parties?” No, that’s a seder. “Seder? Is that one of them jokes that goes over my head ever’ damn time?”) These are people who would never buy The New Yorker. Instead they’ll just see the cover and say, “See? I told ya. I’ma write a email and send it to all my friends.”
Recently, I expressed to an in-law that I really like that Michelle Obama and he replied, “Well, she doesn’t like you cuz yer a white lady.” Yup, that’s what people think. Smart, powerful black lady is out to get all us white people. Scary! Read smarter people talk about it better here. And other places, but I don’t have time to link every-damn-where.