Expect A Lot More Like This…

4 comments February 27th, 2009at 08:25pm Posted by Eli

Watermelon House


Should we send this to Maureen Dowd, who thinks she lives in a post-racial America? Look at the knee-slapping humor of Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose. He thought it was A-OK to send out this doctored photo of watermelons on the White House lawn in honor of Barack Obama occupying 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. And check this out:

Grose’s email included the heading, “No Easter Egg hunt this year.”

“I think he’s saying that since there’s a black president, there will be no need to hunt for eggs since they’re growing watermelons in the front yard this year,” said Keyanus Price, an African American who was among those receiving the email. Price told Fletcher that she considers the email rascist and offensive.

“What I’m concerned about is how can this person send an e-mail out like this and think it is OK?” Price said. “He’s putting the city into a bad place and he is a liability.”

The good news is that the wanker resigned, but check this choice bit of hilarity:

Grose has apologized and said he wasn’t aware of the racial stereotype that blacks like watermelon.

So someone just sent him that picture, and naive post-racial innocent that he is, he said to himself, “Watermelons on the White House lawn?  That’s so silly!  I guess they couldn’t have an Easter egg hunt with watermelons everywhere like that!  Tee hee hee!”

Yeah, I totally buy that.

We are in for 4-8 years of veiled and overt racism directed squarely at the White House, and it is not going to be pretty.

Entry Filed under: Obama,Racism,Republicans,Wankers


  • 1. Charles  |  February 27th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    [Homer] mmm! watermelon! [/Homer]

    I think 4-8 years of forcing people to resign over stupid, racist jokes should open up enough jobs for competent Americans to restore our competitiveness in the world.

  • 2. Karin  |  February 27th, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Good point, Charles. And good catch, Eli, I missed this story.

  • 3. Cujo359  |  February 28th, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    I must be living in a post-racist America, because my first thought was that it was some reference to the idea that we might have to grow our own food soon.

    In contrast to that cartoon in the NY Post, though, this clearly has racist connotations. That’s the White House and we know who lives there.

    My only question is why the guy thought the Easter egg hunt line was funny. There would clearly be plenty of places to hide them in that garden.

  • 4. Eli  |  February 28th, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Yeah, one question I ask myself about the two images is whether they would have been crafted if, say, Hillary or any other white Democrat had been in the WH.

    I think the NY Post cartoon would have (which doesn’t make it any less eliminationist and creepy, nor does it excuse the Post for gleefully ignoring the racial connotations), and obviously the watermelon picture would not.

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