Thursday, October 23, 2008

Obama FoodStamps? Man, Would November 4th Hurry Up And Get Here Already?!?

If I see one more of these between now and then, I might just go ahead and look into Canadian citizenship. Seriously.

A local Republican group has distributed a newsletter picturing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on a fake $10 bill adorned with a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken.

The drawing harked back to racist images from decades ago in America that featured caricatures of blacks eating watermelon and other Southern foods, often suggesting they were lazy or unclean.

Linking Obama, who is the first black presidential nominee of a major US political party, to such stereotypes drew denunciations from various Republican officials.

The illustration appeared in the October newsletter of the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated, the Riverside (CA) Press-Enterprise newspaper reported today.

Diane Fedele, president of the group in San Bernardino County, near Los Angeles, said she had no racist intent.

"I never connected," she told the newspaper.

"It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else."

She apologised to anyone who was offended, saying: "That clearly wasn't my attempt."
Diane Fedele needs her ass whipped. Out of all the foods she could have chosen (arugula for example), she just so happened to choose Red Kool Aid, watermelon, and ribs. While that makes for a tasty, albeit nutritionally unbalanced dinner, there's no way in hell this chick just happened to pick those images out of a hat. And moreso than anything else, that's what pisses me off about this story and the 10,000 others just like it that we've seen this year alone.

Folks can just throw dumb stuff out there, and when people predictably get mad, they can just play the whole Culturally Ignorant Card and say "I'm sorry, I ain't mean it. My weedman is Black. I love Condi! GGGGG-Uniiiit!!!"

Bump that.

Seriously, I hope Diane's driver's license magically expires, she gets pulled over for a broken taillight, and ends up in the cell with some big buff chick named LaQuita. We'll see how much "it never connected" when Quita gets to whoppin' on that head after she declines to share her cornbread.

Seriously, how can people smart enough to be knowledgeable of racial stereotypes[1] be dumb enough to think others won't be offended when they use them? Somebody already coined the phrase Smart-Dumb Negroes™.

I might just need to get my trademark on.

Some wonder why Black folks always seem to be so consumed with race when all that energy would be better used on yoga, lawn work, or NBA 2K9. Believe me, I'd love to not have to think about this kinda sh*t too, but somehow, in America at least, it always seems to just find you. You can run, but you sho' can't hide.

And you wonder why Negroes ain't down with G.O.P.

"Oh no, not meeee!!!!"[2]

Hold onto your cornbread Diane.

Question: Should Diane be forced to give up her cornbread, or did she really do this without any intention of offending others?

Republican newsletter uses racist stereotype to depict Obama [LiveNews]

[1] Yeah, I know. LaQuita. Pot, meet kettle.

[2] Name that tune. This has to be the easiest one evar.

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