Monday, March 2, 2009

Race, Stereotypes, and Sheer Idiocy

A CA mayor is resigning (maybe) after being outed by a black woman to whom he sent a fundraising email depicting the White House front lawn as - yes - a watermelon patch. His catch line: "No Easter egg hunt this year." Even better, Mayor Dean Grose claimed that he did not know there was a stereotype linking African-Americans and watermelon-eating. Well, no, of course not. The choice of a watermelon patch was just, you know, coincidental. Because, when one thinks 'no eggs' one naturally thinks 'watermelons,' instead.

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