We're not even two months into Obama's presidency and already folks are trying their best to see how many "subliminal" racist messages they can aim in his direction. Don't get it twisted thinking that I'm surprised though. I am by no means shocked that it's happening. In fact, what does amaze me is that it took this long.
Many of you may remember the entire monkey controversy that the rag known as the New York Post tried to kick up in an effort to sell more newspapers. In case you don't recall it and/or somehow missed it, you can read all about my take on it here. Just know the tomfoolery didn't stop there. Not even with their pathetic excuse for an apology.
There was also a story about an unusual amount of raccoons having invaded the White House front lawn. So many that they had to put out traps to catch them all and be rid of them. Now when have you EVER heard that the White House had that type of rodent problem? You know someone has been putting them nasty critters out there in an effort to make a shameless association. Even that wasn't the last of it it for being less than two months in.
Los Alamaitos, CA Mayor Dean Grose thought it would be humorous to forward an e-mail this week regarding the President. It showed a watermelon patch on the White House lawn under the following title: "No Easter egg hunt this year."
Naturally, Grose has apologized for the insensitive action. Because you know...apologizing about being racist makes it okay and forgivable. Oh, but he foresaw that label coming too. He thought he had that covered by stating that he wasn't aware of the racial stereotype that African Americans like watermelon.
The obvious reason I don't buy Grose's excuse is I don't honestly believe he was that naively stupid. If he didn't pick up on the negative connotation, then why would he be forwarding the e-mail? How was it a "joke" if that part of it was not involved? He knew full well that it was offensive humor. He probably just thought that he could trust the folks that he forwarded to. Thankfully, it turned around and bit him right in the butt like it should have.
Some folks have already been calling for Grose's resignation. He has agreed to resign and give up the mayoral post, but will remain on the City Council. Even that is not good enough. He should be removed from office and from any position at all where he has the chance to make legislative decisions. I don't care how small Los Alamitos is. It's about principalities. Idiots such as Grose should be reminded that that type of behavior is not acceptable. It should not be tolerated from anyone in general and it certainly should not be tolerated from elected officials.
Congratulations on running away with the Mr. Bungles title in a landslide victory, Dean-O. Hopefully, it will be the last election you even win.