Friday, October 17, 2008
Racism in the I.E.
What's wrong with people? I wish I could say I can't believe that someone would do this, but it just goes to show how much racism is still prevalent in our country.
This image was distributed in a newsletter by the Chaffey Community Republican Women, a Republican group in the Inland Empire. Their president, Diane Fedele apparently thought it was funny and did'nt see any racism in the picture- "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." Yeah right. You're nothing but a racist byatch.
One of their members, Sheila Raines, who is African American herself said, "This is what keeps African-Americans from joining the Republican Party... I cried for 45 minutes."
It's really sad, and I know this is not the first attack on Obama of this kind but I think it hits home a little more because I live in the Inland Empire where this took place. Being in Southern California, a huge melting pot of all kinds, you'd think this behavior would not exist. I feel like the younger generation is more accepting and less racist, maybe because we have grown up in said melting pot unlike some of our parents and grandparents. Or maybe it just seems like that to me because most of my friends are liberal artsy types. Okay, this is an art blog so I won't get too political. Cause I could write for a while about the election/Inland Empire/Rep. vs. Dems/racism, etc...
Here is the full article at the Press Enterprise.
And here is Diane Fedele's email in case you want to send her something: ChaffeyCommunityRWF@cfrw.org