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Racists will be thrilled if McCain wins and Obama ends up on food stamps

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October 18, 2008

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.


A racist postcard from the 1900s. Depicts an unflattering caricature of a black woman eating watermelon.*



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.)

Update: Powell provides poetic justice

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).

Watch alternate video here if above link doesn’t work well.


* All images public domain from Wikimedia Commons.

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15 Responses to Racists will be thrilled if McCain wins and Obama ends up on food stamps

  1. Hal Brown

    October 19, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Powell provides poetic justice

    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.

  2. pollchecker

    October 18, 2008 at 10:16 am

    Are there people in this country that won’t vote for an African-American? You betcha there are. Most won’t admit it though. Many of these people just won’t vote.

    I think the fact that the opposition has consistently played the Muslum card shows that the Republican party knows they can’t win against the so-called race card. I mean after all, we have african americans working in every position in govt. POTUS was just a matter of time.

    No, they have to use the fear of religion card, by promoting Senator Obama as a Muslum who consorts with terrorists. By the way what dictator used fear of religious groups to control and manipulate its citizens?

  3. Hal Brown

    October 18, 2008 at 10:59 am

    We don’t have to look at dictators, we can look back in our own history. As for race, look at the flyer I posted on the column. While that was 1866 there has been a racist vote in many of our local and national elections since then. The candidate didn’t have to be black, like Tom Bradley, to be perceived as being sympathetic to African Americans.

    As for religion, look at John F. Kennedy and the whisper campaign that he’d be beholden to the pope.

    I’d like to see a study of the anti-black feelings of those who are expressing fears that Obama is a Muslim. I bet a significant percentage of them are using this as a way to express politically incorrect anti-black feelings. After all, McCain and Palin have given them permission to do so. Obviously they see through the lame denials coming from the candidates when they see the ads saying Obama pals around with terrorists.

  4. RichardKanePA

    October 18, 2008 at 12:01 pm

    Many poeple who generally think blacks are inferior will nevertheless conclude that Obama is the better candidate. However constantly hearing racism applied to whites who will always vote for a white candidate, and not aplied to blacks who will always vote for a black candidate might make then reluctant to vote for what they perceive to be a better President.

    I don’t know such people. I only know someone who made embarrassing comments about Obama when he was running against Hillary and is now totally supportive of Obama as the better candidate, all along hoping Hillary would get the super deligates.

    Likewise many deeply troubled about abortion nevertheless don’t like Sarah Palin, and the wrong insults about her being supposedly ignorant, such as a dinosaur in a cartoon saying I don’t believe in Sarah Palin, may discourage them from voting for Obama.

    Some people have hunted or fished, and the wrong comments of her being a bloodthirsty monster could discourage them from voting for Obama. I would thus like to suggest that President Palin might interpret the right to form a militia to mean patriotic Americans only and thus require pledging ones belief and allegiance to God as part of getting a gun lisence, and being that airport security can surprise people with similar names etc, some gun owners may discover that President Palin may not help them keep their guns after all, especially if they ever said anything dormitory about President Bush.

    On a different subject most Muslims don’t approve, maybe overwhelmingly Muslims don’t approve of a son equipping his Down’s syndrome Mother as a remote controlled suicide bomber, or a US embassy attacked in Africa when the streets were filled with a lot of Muslim women and kids to provide cover. Muslims are constantly pushed in bin Laden’s direction. Broadly using the word terrorist encourages this.

    McCain may be bad for the country, though if he actually wanted to he could surprise business with a far greater crackdown than Obama could. However Palin could only control business Mussolini style. And with his bad physical experiences McCain may have trouble being alert for the next four years.

    Let’s stop accidentally shoving people in Palin’s direction.

    RichardKanePA

  5. colocritic

    October 18, 2008 at 12:30 pm

    If they claim it is not racist, why did they put Obama’s picture on it, especially in the form of a cartoon-like figure? That rings LOUD AND CLEAR to me. These people think in such racist ways they must be unable to have clear thoughts as to how most of us would view that Obama bucks “thing” as anything but distasteful. Now that they’ve been caught, they are trying to worm their way out of a bad situation by lying – typical republican stunt!

    I am so sick and tired of the unfeeling, low down dirty tactics of the republicans that I’m getting to the point of hate for all of them. It just seems like they know no decent way to engage in the game of politics. This is sickening and I’m feed up the the hilt with their lack of decency! If I had to win a contest by these means, I’d rather not win. What does it really say about themselves? Not much worth seeing, in my opinion.

    McCain and Palin have stooped to the depth of corruption in these final months. They do not deserve to win – why would we want those kind of people running our country?
    Enough, already of their kind of ilk!

    colocritic

  6. CheckerboardStrangler

    October 18, 2008 at 1:55 pm

    Another distraction from the real issues.
    It appears to be working as we are talking about an idiot that runs a coffee klatch for frightened Republican housewives instead of Barack vs. McCain.

    Jeff H in Occupied TX

  7. Timr

    October 18, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    So, the daughter says that because her mom married a “mexican” she is not racist. That is a non sequitur and a non response to the question Looks to me like they rehearsed their response to the questions that they knew they would get, as both the husband and the daughters answers are almost word for word the same. Isn’t that interesting. Do I believe that they knew it was racist? Oh, hell yeah. If you doubt it just look at the clip of the reporter again and listen to the “carefully rehearsed” answers from both people. Sounds like they planned out the whole thing, doesn’t it?

  8. Ardie

    October 18, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    Perhaps there is a ray of hope shining on the racist hearts of America. This is from the Five Thirty Eight website:

    So a canvasser goes to a woman’s door in Washington, Pennsylvania. Knocks. Woman answers. Knocker asks who she’s planning to vote for. She isn’t sure, has to ask her husband who she’s voting for. Husband is off in another room watching some game. Canvasser hears him yell back, “We’re votin’ for the n***er!”

    Woman turns back to canvasser, and says brightly and matter of factly: “We’re voting for the n***er.”

    http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/

  9. Hal Brown

    October 18, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Sounds like a new urban legend Ardie. But if it’s true and a significant number of people feel this way, racist or not, I’d say that’s a good thing.

  10. Carl Nemo

    October 18, 2008 at 6:18 pm

    “The daughter said “I eat chicken, I eat ribs, I eat watermelon.”…extract from article

    Looking at her stern I’d say there isn’t too much she hasn’t eaten her time… :))

    Obama’s, his wife and campaign personnel are too intelligent to take this nonsense as an insult. They too would laugh at the $10 Obama bucks foodstamp spoof. He and his campaign are actually “waterproof” to these stupid tactics at this point in time.

    Every time McCain/Palin or their supporters do this stuff they blow their foot off. In fact they’ve done it so much they are now “stumpies” with no hope for a win… :))

    The people that engage in these tactics are village idiots and yes there’s no shortage of them in Bushco’s recently hatched Amerika of the past eight years, but not enough to stop the winds of change.

    Actually the morons that are engaged in this activity will be more than happy to have extended unemployment and food stamp programs in the years to come in a sorely tested, declining America since they will be in need of this type of aid too.

    There’s nothing like the Colonels “original recipe” on occasion chased by a refreshing mouthfuls of watermelon. It’s as American as one can get when it comes to eating fast food chased by something healthy as watermelon.

    Yum, yum for ribs ‘n slaw too… ; )

    Carl Nemo **==

  11. Hal Brown

    October 18, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    You know why the Republicans are acting so worked up about ACORN aside from the desperation politics of distraction and milking the now debunked voter fraud charges for all they’re (not) worth?

    It’s because if ACORN managed to register everyone who is now or ever was on food stamps Obama would gain lots of new votes.

    It would be poetic justice if this racist Obama food stamp tempest could be turned around to bite the McCain campaign on the proverbial hind quarters.

    Interestingly, Obama is probably the only presidential candidate whose mother was ever on food stamps.

    ACORNS are brown and so is OBAMA

    If I wanted to get really Freudian and paranoid I’d suggest they know that he fact that acorns are brown may stimulate some voters unconscious fears of having an African American president. But that would mean the Rovians are really smarter than I’d been giving them credit for. But we do know that ACORN has registered thousands of minority voters and this fact can’t be lost on bigoted voters.

  12. zuzumamu

    October 19, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    In fact, the revelation that they’re in the minority, is really what’s freaking these idiots out. Quoting Michele Obama, I have NEVER been prouder of America.

  13. Timr

    October 19, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    just a passing note, but I read earlier today that there is a republician organization that is “publicly” doing the same thing as ACORN, but is now under investigation in several states for altering registration cards to say absentee voter and several other kinds of voter fraud. So once more the reps cry that what the dems do is illegal, while at the same time they are taking the attention of the MSM away from their own criminal activites

  14. Hal Brown

    October 19, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Mayor Daley the First may have written the book on voter fraud, but ever since 2000 the Republicans have written the encyclopedia. Whole volumes on voter suppression alone.

  15. Hal Brown

    October 19, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    Food coupons don’t have food on them.. I discovered this yesterday, but only just now found a public domain picture to use. I add the following to the column:

    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.