As the violence “triggered” by some Danish cartoons builds, the discussion about why we seem largely immune to this kind of thing has started up again.
Certainly, provocative, blasphemous cartoons are hardly unusual. You have to figure the Post’s Sean Delonas’s take on this is, roughly, “amateurs,” having done cartoons that grated on Muslims and Arabs for years.
What’s been less noticed is New York Muslims’ response to the Post’s occasionally anti-Islamic cartooning: A number of Yemeni newsdealers in Brooklyn, for a time at least, refused to sell the paper, prompting a Post executive to meet with them in 2002. (I wrote about this in the Sun that May; unfortunately, you have to pay, or go to Nexis, to read it.) Other newsstands continue to boycott the Post, including one on Broadway in the 60s, where the guys behind the counter nervously said yesterday they didn’t know why they don’t sell it.
Whatever else is going on, that seems like a sane instrument of pressure, as long as it doesn’t get too effective.