San Bernadino Republican Group Uses Images of Ribs, Fried Chicken, Watermelon and Obama

I know a considerable number of Republicans read this site.  So I’m calling on each of you to condemn this action by a San Bernadino Republican Group using racists imagery to smear Senator Barack Obama.

From the story:

A San Bernardino County Republican group has distributed a newsletter picturing>Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on a $10 bill adorned with a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of friend 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, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday.

Diane Fedele, president of the group, 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.”


Does anyone believe Diane?  What, no images of collard greens, cornbread and sweet potato pie?

Also from the story:

Sheila Raines of San Bernardino, a black member of the club, complained about the image to Fedele.

“This is what keeps African-Americans from joining the Republican Party,” she said. “I’m really hurt. I cried for 45 minutes.”

The Press Enterprise has more details here.

  7 comments for “San Bernadino Republican Group Uses Images of Ribs, Fried Chicken, Watermelon and Obama

  1. mike
    October 16, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Disgusting indeed, Equally disgusting as the sexist photos of Palin that I have seen on this blog.

  2. October 17, 2008 at 11:08 am

    What sexist photos, exactly? And why are republicans only half-heartedly condemning this (by needing to compare it to Palin)? I’d contend that something this outwardly racist is much more damaging and hateful then some photoshopper’s attempted at humor, especially since this was sent out as an “official” mailer of the group.

  3. Homewrecker
    October 17, 2008 at 1:09 pm

    This is one of the most racist displays that I have seen in this campaign, and I’m not buying their feigned-ignorance excuse for one second. Anyone who believes it was a coincidence is just a damned fool. And the truth will out.

  4. mike
    October 17, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Michael Doss,
    I guess humor is in the eye of the beholder. Racism is racism and sexism is sexism. Period

  5. Eric Cooper
    October 18, 2008 at 9:22 am

    Mike, if you say that the Obama thing mentioned above is disgusting, then you need to condemn those who did THAT first before you come on here and point fingers. Clean your own house first!

  6. mike
    October 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    Eric Cooper,
    I did condemn the Obama flyer first by saying, “Disgusting indeed” there in my first sentence. And why tell me to “clean your own house first”? That makes no sense. It is not MY house to clean. Like I said, one is racism and the other is sexism. One is no worse than the other in my opinion. BTW, I voted for Clinton. She should be on the ticket and rather then Obama. But I’ll stay loyal to the party anyway.

  7. October 23, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    Hey, whats the big deal – IT’S San Bernadino – rednecks and all. What would you expect to be coming out of the ass end of LA. I lived in SoCal for 38 years and I know it well. I’m not surprised at ALL…. it is disgusting!

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