Hat tip to the reader (I can’t remember who it was) for bringing this one to Booker Rising’s attention yesterday. A San Bernardino County (California) Republican group has distributed a newsletter picturing Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) dressed as a donkey on a $10 bill – called “United States Food Stamps” – adorned with a watermelon, ribs, Kool-Aid, and a bucket of fried chicken. Linking Obama to demeaning racist stereotypes drew denunciations from various GOP officials after the illustration appeared in the October newsletter of the Chaffey Community Republican Women Federated.
Diane Fedele, president of the group, said she had no racist intent. “I never connected,” she said. “It was just food to me. It didn’t mean anything else.”
My response: How is there no racist intent?! You just so happened to pick the food groups historically associated with black stereotypes?! Threw in the food stamps thing too?! Ain’t buying it. By the way, there is nothing wrong with liking ribs, fried chicken, Kool-Aid, or watermelon. I like all four of them. I will gladly take them over, oh say, a Wonder Bread mayonnaise sandwich, sauerkraut, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Twinkies any day of the week. Ms. Raines should cancel her club membership.