here's a good example of what i mean.
a women's group in california called chaffey community republican women federated put this in their october newsletter. it said that if senator obama is elected, his image would be on food stamps instead of actual money like other presidents. apparently, this is what it would look like.
the caption for this image? "Obama talks about all those presidents that got their names on bills. If elected, what bill would he be on????? Food Stamps, what else!"
who's responsible for this? mrs. donna fedele, the president of the group.
mrs. fedele says she created this in response to obama's statement that as an african-american, he "doesn't look like the other presidents on the dollar bills." she was offended at the way he made race an issue -- "playing the race card," as it were. she thought this illustration would point out the outrageousness of his statement.
i don't understand what was so outrageous about what he said. he simply pointed out the truth. maybe she and other republicans were upset because he was right.
if she had an issue with the facts or the way that he stated them, then she needed to -- as they say in california -- own her discomfort and seek the help of a licensed therapist to get to the root of why she finds an intelligent, educated black man who simply states the obvious to be such a patently offensive thing.
what did she think this would accomplish? what was she trying to prove? was she cracking a joke?
where did she get this image, anyway? did she take an afternoon out of her busy racist day to photoshop it together herself? oh, no. according to mrs. fedele, it was emailed to her "in a number of chain emails." she refuses to name the source. she also refuses to discuss this any further.
isn't it a federal offense to use the u.s. postal service to send things like this?
she's already given what she calls an apology but in the next breath, she says she didn't see what was so racist about it in the first place, so clearly she's not sorry at all. saying "i apologize if i offended anyone..." is a rubbery, backhanded way to absolve yourself and not flat out admit that you were wrong. let's face it: "if" is a funny word. it's conditional. and a real apology shouldn't be.
wouldn't it be great if senator mccain publicly denounced this? wouldn't it be great if he publicly denounced any of the negativity surrounding his campaign? all those "good americans" screaming "off with his head" and "kill him" and "terrorist" whenever senator obama's name was mentioned at the rallies. we could start there.
here's my favorite quote: "I didn't see it the way that it's being taken. I never connected," she said. "It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else." i think KFC and Kool Aid should sue her organization into oblivion for reproducing their logo and their images and thus damaging their brand and their reputation by connecting them to this hot mess.
she says she's not racist because she supported african american republican alan keyes during his presidential bid, and -- here's the kicker -- because she's a jew. that's right: jews aren't racist! she's actually hiding behind the star of david.
people think that california is an open, liberal place but don't let the sunshine, the fake titties, the old hippies -- and their fantastic marketing campaign -- fool you. it's more racist and bigoted and segregated and conservative than anything the south has to offer. according to the southern poverty law center, california has more hate groups than any other state -- 80 at last count. and get this: protesters with california's radical, immigrant-bashing organization called save our state have joined forces with neo-nazis. so anyone that's been paying attention shouldn't be surprised that something like this would come from the west coast.
even walt disney was a massive ginormously huge racist and bigot. and nothing epitomizes california like disneyland.
it's this kind of behavior that keeps many conservative people of color from joining the republican party. who would want to align themselves with any organization that would do something this twisted? this is domestic terrorism, plain and simple -- straight out of any KKK playbook, if they had one.
if you'd like to tell her what you think of that image and what she did, be my guest.
Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated
P.O. Box 974
Upland, CA 91785
Diane Fedele (President) firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Phone: (909) 981-0493
Fax: (909) 982-6880
Meets the 4th Wednesday of every month at 7pm
Magic Lamp Inn, Rancho Cucamonga