I had a visceral reaction of utter disgust this morning watching the segment on CNN that showed the husband and daughter of Diane Fedele, the Chaffey Community Republican Women of California member who published the newsletter “Obama bucks” cartoon. They were angrily saying the Obama food stamp wasn’t racist.
The husband said “what does spaghetti and meatballs mean?” The daughter said “I eat chicken, I eat ribs, I eat watermelon.” Diane Fedele’s own disclaimer was “I didn’t see it the way that it’s being taken. I never connected. It was just food to me. It didn’t mean anything else.”
Of course no rational person, even a rational racist, can deny with a straight face that this cartoon food stamp reeks of black stereotypes, the only truly negative one of course being that the watermelon, fried chicken and ribs are on a food stamp, assuming you believe that those on food stamps are too lazy to work. And one might ask why if the woman wanted to mock Obama’s saying he didn’t look like the faces on U.S. currency, why didn’t she use a cartoon of a $10 bill instead of a $10 food coupon. Besides, as you can see in the image at right, food stamps don’t even have pictures of food on them.
My hunch is that such people think that all people on food stamps are either black or white Democrats.
Presumably the Kool-Aide is meant to suggest that voting for Obama is like drinking the Jonestown Kool-Aide.
If you’re a racist, if you hate blacks, at least you should have the guts to admit it. Fly your Confederate battle flag proudly. Wear those white robes.
Kudos to the reporter, KCAL 9’s Kristine Lazar, who persisted in trying to pin down the husband as his anger at her grew. With just a screen door between them I was glad that she had a camera person with her. I don’t want to think about what might have happened if she was a journalist with only a notebook for protection.
This will be the first election in our history where racists across America will rejoice if one candidate wins, and feel that their world is crashing down around them if the other one does. They view this election not as a referendum on policy, but as white vs. black, us vs. them. (Click image on right to enlarge.)
Irony of ironies for the racists, Colin Powell’s endorsement may very well have been the loosening of the final bolt on a wheel of the McCain Straight Talk Express bus, causing the campaign to go into the ditch.
If you doubt there are lots of people that will react with bigotry fueled outrage if Obama wins, read the comments on this Orange County, California newspaper website (link).
* All images public domain from Wikimedia Commons.
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