Thursday, February 26, 2009

Is There a Racism Contest We Didn't Know About?

It seems like the racist humor toward President Obama is becoming more crude and original. This time, the mayor of Los Alamitos, California sent out an email blast with this picture; a watermelon patch growing outside the White House. There was also a caption that read, "No Easter egg hunt this year." The mayor went on to say he had no idea there was a racial sterotype associated with black people and watermelons.

One of the recipients of this email, a black woman who works for the city of Los Alamitos, said, "I have had plenty of my share of chicken and watermelon and all those kinds of jokes,I honestly don’t even understand where he was coming from, sending this to me. As a black person receiving something like this from the city-freakin’-mayor - come on."

People have been trying to defend this saying that it has something to do with President Obama's policies on agriculture and blah blah blah. My question to anyone who thinks blacks are oversensitive and quick to scream racism, what is it gonna take to admit when something is blatantly, inconsiderately racist and culturally demeaning? Does someone have to directly call a black person n*gger before it can finally be seen as a problem, or have we become so desensitized by the overwhelming amount of discriminating acts and gestures in America that we don't even know how to identify them?

Whatever the case, this mayor is stupid. I'm not sure how much pub the story will get, which usually determines who keeps their job or not after this kind of stuff. Truthfully though, forcing him out of office won't teach him anything. Let's put him and the guy from the New York Post in a room with Condoleeza Rice, Cornell West, Michael Eric Dyson and President Obama and see if they find stuff about monkey's and watermelons funny.



  1. I support that mayor's free speech rights 100%. It is his absolute right to have contempt for Obama. Obama deserves contempt.

    By the way for all of you who are so easily offended by e-mails you never received or chimp cartoons in a newspaper you never read: GET A LIFE.

  2. I could care less about that man's free speech. He can say what he wants just like anybody else in the U.S. which includes those who want to have a discussion on emails they never recieved or chimp cartoons they never read.

    My problem is people won't own up to it. Don't make a statement/gesture that bold and then shy away from your intentions when you get called out on it.

    If people want to discuss a problem with Barack's policies, do it after he serves a full term and it would be fair and accurate, but don't discredit him based on racial stereotypes and don't speak bad on his presidential regime one month into his presidency.

    But thanks for commenting tho, we appreciate it.


  3. Let me preface this by saying I am NOT "easily offended" or hypersensitive or anything else that Blacks who confront racism are charge with being. However, I am intelligent enough to understand wrong and right.

    Whether or not I read the New York Post or if I received the email from this mayor, I still can, and AM highly offended by the content of it. I'm gonna have to agree with the Ant and Mike show on this. If you are going to make sweeping judgments on the President AND pair it with racist remarks...OWN UP TO IT! Please! Free, necessary...Racism?...outdated, ignorant. How can they parallel a field of watermelons outside the White House and agriculture? I'm not buying it.

    I knew that with this historic presidency, there would be some back lash from racists, and non-supporters of Obama BUT be firm and honest in your convictions and stop trying to sell something that is clearly racist as something else.