Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Race hate from CA politician

From the Huff Post at 3:30 today, February 25:

According to the AP, Mayor Dean Grose of Los Alamitos, CA sent the following image and text in an email from his personal account on Sunday:



"No Easter egg hunt this year".

As Americans, this kind of bigotry and outright hate cannot be tolerated.

The mayor's excuse: he was unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons.

There's no excuse.

Politicians like this cannot be allowed to stay in office.

If you try to say this isn't offensive, try listening to one of the African American recipients of this email:

Local businesswoman and city volunteer Keyanus Price said Tuesday she received the e-mail from Mayor Dean Grose and wants a public apology.

"I have had plenty of my share of chicken and watermelon and all those kinds of jokes," Price told The Associated Press. "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."

It's offensive.

Period.

14 comments:

Aliceson February 25, 2009 at 9:37 PM  

Unbelievable! Like hell he didn't know that this kind of thing was racist. If he didn't understand the joke, why pass it on?

Chris February 25, 2009 at 9:56 PM  

I agree with Aliceson...if he didn't know, why was it sent? This guy is an elected official? Well, the word is out...he's toast! Even in Calif. we have bigots!

Ralph Loizzo February 25, 2009 at 10:23 PM  

He understood the joke, no doubt. Why else would he pass this along to others. Just plain stupid. Thanks for posting this news. We need to keep an eye on elected ignorance.

Seeing Eye Chick February 25, 2009 at 10:41 PM  

CA was also the source of the Obama Buck if I remember correctly. It too had chicken and Watermelon on it. What the hell is wrong with California. I always hear how liberal it is, but I have to wonder if that isn't hyperbole or something.

OMG my word verification is boodie. That is so wrong on soo many levels. Sometimes synchronicity is bizare.

politicalmorsels.com February 25, 2009 at 11:05 PM  

Good God, what an ass. I don't get why people have to be so hateful. I hope someone does something with an effigy of this jackass.

Shady Lady February 25, 2009 at 11:26 PM  

Oh my gosh! One word for the mayor. Bullshit! What does he live under a rock or maybe he's got the mental abilitiy of a 5 year old. This kind of crap really pisses me off!

wow February 26, 2009 at 3:26 AM  

Well, I see that some of you have already said what I wondered. If he didn't understand what it was about, why pass it on? I've never forwarded an email that I didn't understand.

And if I'd received it, the sender of this one would have received an angry response back.

Jackie February 26, 2009 at 4:56 AM  

He is a racist and a liar too. Of course he knew it was offensive. I hope he is booted out of office.

Seeing Eye Chick February 26, 2009 at 6:30 PM  

Skywriter-- I was the one who posted the link here at Eons. I am sorry that those two people were very shitty towards you. That was entirely uncalled for. The comment about highly respected members is laughable--the name of the group is No Hold's Barred. Being Highly Respected in there is like being King Shit on Booger Mountain. There are good people in there, but the list is what it is. A place for people with thick skins. Unfortunately we get some scab pickers in there too--like the one you encountered.
Sorry.

skyewriter February 26, 2009 at 6:38 PM  

Gah... I commented on this on the other thread... I thought I had sent your comment accidentally to oblivion... I think I might have a drink tonight.

Geesh I am cranky...

I appreciate you and your support so much--- seriously, you have made this experience awesome. Don't feel like you have to apologize for other people. I am just snarly these days...

catherinemacivor.com February 26, 2009 at 8:58 PM  

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, there are more hate groups in California than in any other state.

http://www.splcenter.org/intel/map/hate.jsp

Seeing Eye Chick February 26, 2009 at 11:37 PM  

I would have thought that most of them would be in Oregon or Washington State. Did they Migrate? Or are they all in N. California? I have heard of some really weird ones in CA--Like the Nazi Low Riders. ????
Truth is often stranger than fiction.

Sara February 27, 2009 at 5:48 PM  

Yeah sure he didn't know. Then why was the joke funny enough to forward on?

Note to employed people. Just don't forward things. No one wants them.

driftwood February 27, 2009 at 7:30 PM  

I read earlier today that the mayor resigned because of this and said that it was wrong of him to do.

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