About 400 people joined Al Sharpton and his National Social Action Network members to protest in front of the New York Post office in response to the alleged racist editorial cartoon that ran in the paper’s February 18 edition. The cartoon parodied a chimp that had been shot after attacking its owner, but it appeared to reference President Barack Obama as a dead monkey. “The Post is toast,” yelled several of the angry protesters who marched as NYPD surrounded their gathering. “Shut down the Post,” Rev. Al Sharpton chimed as he led the group in a march flanked by members of his National Social Network, the NAACP and Congressman Gregory Meeks from Queens. The first protest at noon made it difficult for New Yorkers at lunch that traveled down the Avenue of Americas. There was another protest at 5 pm.. Rev. Sharpton told the crowd that it was a travesty for the Post to get away with such a vicious editorial statement. One ironic image was the banner advertising CNN’s Black List was hanging in front of the Post!