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10/17/2008 05:26 AM ID: 74083 Permalink   

Republicans Depict Obama's Love of Fried Chicken, Watermelon, Ribs... and Food Stamps


A Republican group located in San Bernadino County has come under fire from Democrats and Republicans alike after distributing a newsletter featuring Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama's likeness printed on a fake $10 "food stamp" bill.

The food stamp bill contained many stereotyped foods, including fried chicken, watermelon, and ribs. The images were reminiscent of caricatures from America's past, which featured blacks eating such foods, thus prompting the controversy.

Diane Fedele, president of the group in question (Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated), was quoted as saying "It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else," and apologized to those who were offended by the images.

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  by: vash_the_stampede     10/17/2008 05:31 AM     
Chicken, watermelon, and kool aid....

But they were just food to her.

What a liar.
  by: deadvenusblue     10/17/2008 05:37 AM     
  I Hoped We Had Outgrown This  
I do not blame McCain for this behavior. I do blame him for allowing his campaign to incite this kind of behavior.
  by: ichi     10/17/2008 06:01 AM     
To be technically correct, it's Obama's campaign that is inciting this - he is the one who played the race card early on.

  by: TrollKallaMik   10/17/2008 06:13 AM     
  If they had any artistic talent  
I expect I'd have seen a caricature of him on that bill as a big-lipped "darkie". Just f***in' sad...
  by: Mister crank     10/17/2008 06:20 AM     
  Blaming The Victim?  
Come on.
  by: ichi     10/17/2008 06:38 AM     
and anyone who thinks for one second Obama isn't where he is due to playing the race card is just fooling themselves.
  by: rippler2k3   10/17/2008 06:51 AM     
and anyone who thinks for one second the raped girl isn't where she is due to wearing a short skirt is just fooling themselves.
  by: vash_the_stampede     10/17/2008 06:52 AM     
When did Obama play the race card?
  by: l´anglais     10/17/2008 06:55 AM     
  @vash the stampede  
You're taking one situation and applying it to a completely different situation. What does rape have to do with Obama using the race card?
  by: rippler2k3   10/17/2008 07:14 AM     
Even if Obama did play a "race card", which of course he has not done, that does not give anyone the right to treat another human being like this.

My example was a typical blame-the-victim mentality that so many trashy human beings ascribe too.

Racism is just as bad as rape.
  by: vash_the_stampede     10/17/2008 07:25 AM     
Just by being black he's playing the race card whether he likes it or not. It's called reverse racism. i.e. "I have to vote for Obama or I'm racist". And you know damn well, thanks to the way whites are educated in America and other-majority white countries these days, that a lot of people are taking that exact mentality. As for some of Obama's more direct uses of the race card....

"Racism is just as bad as rape."
Are you kidding me? Hating people for their race is definitely not cool, but you can't possibly think it compares to rape?

  by: rippler2k3   10/17/2008 07:45 AM     
  What a liar  
She knew exactly what those foods were and what they represented. In fact I would be willing to bet Diane and members of her group often pepper their conversation with racist comments. I am ashamed to even call someone like that American. She dishonors our country.
  by: yourown   10/17/2008 07:51 AM     
It one of his more monotone and drawn out speeches about how hard it is for, and how oppressed his "brothers and sisters" are. It was some time back, so I forget the specific speech (besides the repetition of "brothers and sisters" and the continual reinforcement of the point that the government and people need to do more for black people).
  by: TrollKallaMik   10/17/2008 08:00 AM     
"Just by being black he's playing the race card"

So it's Obama's fault, for being black, is it? That is truly, truly pathetic.

I looked a bit at that source you provided -- it would certainly seem less biased against Obama if it wasn't called The Conservative Voice, by the way. One of the things they brought up was Obama criticizing Bush's response to Hurricane Katrina. Well, newsflash -- a LOT of people did that. In case your memory needs refreshing, here's what President Bush was doing the day, the VERY DAY, that Hurricane Katrina smashed into the Gulf Coast, going on to kill over 1,800 people:
  by: l´anglais     10/17/2008 08:00 AM     
You know that racism still exists in America and makes it harder for black people to get a fair shake, right? How is talking about that "playing the race card"? If he was white, nobody would have accused him of playing the race card. What is he supposed to do -- cover his ears, close his eyes and make believe like this isn't a continuing problem?
  by: l´anglais     10/17/2008 08:02 AM     
Yes, racism is just as bad as rape. The physical portion of rape lasts but a moment, but the mental ramification of rape lasts a lifetime. Racism leaves the same mental scars that rape does.

As for “he deserves it because he’s black” comment of yours.. well, yeah you’re right. How dare that dirty n-word decide to run for president! He should have shut up and just stayed in the kitchen like a good little house negro.
  by: vash_the_stampede     10/17/2008 08:05 AM     
I didn't say it was his fault for being black, or that there was anything wrong with it for that matter. What I mean't was that as a black man running for president, he automatically has certain advantages Like for example: EVERY SINGLE MINORITY VOTE! Having an automatic advantage due to your race goes against the idea of democracy, which is for every individual to fairly and informatively have a say in their country's affairs. Not just "he's black, I'll vote for him". You have a point about the Bush bit though, that's for sure.

Seriously man, stop saying that racism is as bad as rape. Any black who gets called the N-word and is mortified for the rest of his/her life needs to really do something about their self-esteem. Assuming you're white, would you be overly hurt if a black man called you the H-word? Oh wait, I forgot, it's ok to say Honkey, I don't need to say H-word right?

"As for “he deserves it because he’s black” comment of yours.. well, yeah you’re right. How dare that dirty n-word decide to run for president! He should have shut up and just stayed in the kitchen like a good little house negro"

When did I say he deserved anything because he was black? Hah, you even put it in quotes. And what, you're going to go off on a dumb rant about "n-word" this and "house negro" that and try to pass me off as some toothless redneck?
  by: rippler2k3   10/17/2008 08:43 AM     
A simple google search of 'Obama race card' or something similar will turn up plenty of interesting articles involving his use of the race card.
  by: rippler2k3   10/17/2008 09:01 AM     
Another falsehood portrayed CONSTANTLY by the Republicans is that black people only support Obama because he's black. Sorry, wrong. Actually, black people and many other minority groups have favored Democrats of any color for a long time.

"Having an automatic advantage due to your race goes against the idea of democracy"

I've got an idea that will fix this -- why don't we FORCE a certain percentage of black citizens to vote for McCain? Nah, that would never work. There must be a way to keep black people from coming out in droves to vote for the candidate of their choice, right? How about this?

"A Republican effort in New Jersey in 1981 provided a model that has been repeated across the country in the last two decades.

The reason for the intimidation is plain: According to the NAACP report, in the last few decades, "African American voters have largely been loyal to the Democratic Party, resulting in the prevalence of Republican efforts to suppress minority turnout."

In 1981's "model" effort, the Republican National Committee and the New Jersey Republican State Committee engaged in "widespread challenging of individual voters and an Election Day presence at African American and Latino precincts featuring armed guards and dire warnings of criminal penalties for voting offenses."

More recently, armed plainclothes officers from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement went to the homes of elderly black voters to investigate the March 2003 mayoral election. And in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, "five Republican poll watchers - including two staff members of Senator Tim Hutchinson's office - allegedly focused exclusively on African Americans, asking them for identification and taking photographs during the first day of early voting."

Perhaps the most famous recent example of racially-based vote suppression in the United States took place during the presidential election of 2000. The State of Florida ordered implementation of a purge list to remove voters from the rolls. The purge disenfranchised thousands of eligible voters - primarily African Americans. These citizens were prevented from casting ballots through their largely erroneous - and humiliating - classification as convicted felons."
  by: l´anglais     10/17/2008 09:03 AM     
  also @rippler  
I actually already did that search, and almost everything I found were examples of the race card being played *against* Obama.
  by: l´anglais     10/17/2008 09:04 AM     
No, I will not stop saying that because I do not believe that. I believe firmly that the mental scars that rape leaves are the same type of scars that people deal with when they subjected to degradation on a near daily basis just because of the color of their skin. I'm not talking about a black person getting called a n-word a singular time. I'm talking about people who get called that over and over, who end up losing self respect, who end up losing their ability to function at an equal level as their peers who have not experienced such an atrocity. A rape victim experiences this just as those who are emotionally and mentally attacked on a near-daily basis by the hatred and bigotry that so many in this country still possess.

Ah yes, the word honkey was used for decades to belittle and demonize an entire race... Oh wait, IT WASN'T. Seriously, just stop for a second and think about what you just said. You seriously just compared honkey to the n-word. How daft can you be if you pretend for even a moment they have the same kind of power? They don't, you know it. You can call me honkey all you want, I could care less. Try saying the n-word to a black person. There's a reason they are going to feel different when you call them the n-word and when you call a white person a honkey, and the reason, again in case you have not quite figured it out yet: HONKEY WASN'T USED TO BELITTLE AND DEMONIZE AN ENTIRE PEOPLE FOR DECADES AND DECADES!

How DARE you pretend even for a second that honkey has NEARLY the amount of toxicity attached to it as the N-word does. The two words are incomparable.

"Just by being black he's playing the race card" - that's your full quote, which is the same thing as saying he deserves this happening to him because he's black, I shortened what you said without changing any of your meaning.

As to your second post, if you type in Bristol Down Syndrome Baby you'll find plenty of interesting articles involving idiots saying she, not her mother, conceived Trig. Does that mean I should go through each one of them only to discover that it is just a bunch of trash, just like "Obama pulling the race card" is?
  by: vash_the_stampede     10/17/2008 09:05 AM     
Well hopefully for everyones sake, they vote for a president of their country not based on who's black or white. That shouldn't be a matter at all, regardless of how stupid you are. This is important stuff, you can't vote for someone cause you feel obligated. That would be moronic. Vote for the person you think will best lead your country, and fortunately, there is one candidate this year who might actually have a shot at making things better for not only America, but for it's sister countries as well.
As for rape being as bad as racism, I wouldn't go that far, both are extremely unappealing, but rape is just... Different, you can't compair the two. They both have their own type of pain and suffering.
  by: Anthrox   10/17/2008 03:07 PM     
If memory serves me correctly, McCain has been steadily losing the Hispanic vote (which means that he held it in a majority at one point during this race). Moreover I don't remember anyone enslaving the white race and lynching white people whilst calling them "honkeys." Or firebombing a predominately white church because there were some honkeys inside it. Or dragging a white male from the back of a truck because he was white (homosexuals excluded, however, since they aren't a race). Or whites being sprayed en masse with water from fire hoses.
  by: goran   10/17/2008 03:15 PM     
  @rippler, troll  
To insinuate that Obama is "playing the race card" is just asinine. To imply that blacks and other minorities vote for him simply because he is black just magnifies your ignorance on the subject. These people are already democrats, and they are voting along party lines. What is sad is the southern democrats that will NOT vote for him because he is black. Why don't you address the real racial issue instead of perpetuating a false theory based on ignorance and zeal?

You beloved McCain chose an unprepared and unvetted woman as a running mate to attempt to capture the female vote from disenfranchized Clinton supporters. THAT is despicable. Obama being black is anavoidable reality of his person. It does not change his philosophies or beliefs, which are supported by are large number of Americans.

Adding an unqulaified women for the sake of her feminenity is just another attemp to manipulate the system based on emotion rather than substance.

That is the republican strategy: scare them, attack them, and fabricate stories about them, but avoid the real issues at all costs.
  by: Twisted_Mister   10/17/2008 03:28 PM     
All I thought when I saw it was 'wow, that's badly made'.

I guess racism and stereotypes are only what you make of them...
  by: chiffington   10/17/2008 03:33 PM     
  I would rather take Obama Bucks  
then your soon worthless dollar... At least with Obama Bucks i can eat at KFC.
  by: evilrat   10/17/2008 04:20 PM     
  I'm going to go with...  
I'm going to go with the above statement that anyone who things Obama hasn't played the race card is stupid.

I swear to god if him and Biden make it, I'm registering a url and making a website called
  by: kristmen   10/17/2008 06:53 PM     
Let me save you some time and money, we don't want you.
  by: StarShadow     10/17/2008 07:01 PM     
  The US  
is still a country of stupidity, ignorance and racism. I'm ashamed that I have to live here sometimes. I live in the racist South and most voters in my state think Obama is a 'terroist A---RAB.' So, this and the abortion issue are making them flock to McCain. there is no hope for my state. It believes dinosaurs walked with Palin's ancestors. Dumb ignorant hick voters. They will never evolve into the 21st Century. It's so sad.
  by: JonSmith     10/17/2008 07:07 PM     
You know, a number of blue-staters and celebrities talked about doing the same thing if President Bush was elected or re-elected. If you hate your country enough to not find good things about it even if you don't agree with who's in charge? Fine, go. Me, I'm not leaving whether Obama's elected or McCain is; America's my country, and I don't pledge allegiance to any president.
  by: l´anglais     10/17/2008 07:39 PM     
Like Dave Chappelle says, "Is this a bad thing? There is something wrong with you if you don't like fried chicken and watermelon"
  by: Count Minkula   10/17/2008 08:43 PM     
Listen Troll & Other.

IF YOU ARE GOING TO SAY 'He played the race card early on' then post some evidence. Otherwise, you are just liars and simply making ignorant slanderous comments. It makes YOU the racist. Take your race cards and play them up your stinking lying buttholes.

Oh, man... sweet victory. When Obama is in the White House and all the imbecile hatemongerers will have to suffer from their own ignorance.
  by: theironboard     10/17/2008 10:40 PM     
"as a black man running for president, he automatically has certain advantages"

Did you honestly just type this? Now you're saying Obama has an advantage becase he's of a minority group? Don't people of minoriety groups largely vote democratic? If this were true, then why is he the first non-white man running for president? Shouldn't all our past presidents in say, the last 30 years have been black/hispanic/non-white then?

And there is no way, due to "the way whites are educated in America today" that anyone is thinking "I have to vote for Obama or I'm racist".

  by: barryman9001   10/17/2008 11:11 PM     
Will some vote for him because he is colored? Yes

Will some vote against him because he is colored? Yes

The intelligent will vote for him or against him based on who they believe is the best candidate for the presidency.

That is their own thing to work out.

Using race in the campaign is something that needs to be condemned. We are a better people than to tolerate the kind of bigoted behavior that these people are using.
  by: ichi     10/17/2008 11:32 PM     
  My thoughts  
I really would like to know how this election would turn out if we were not given the names of candidates. Instead we have to vote on each issue, then see which candidate really represents how we feel.
  by: Mr. Wright     10/17/2008 11:59 PM     
  dont get stung  
if you dont want stung kiddies dont vote for the wasp
  by: cropduster   10/18/2008 03:05 AM     
  dont get stung  
if you dont want stung kiddies dont vote for the wasp.
  by: cropduster   10/18/2008 03:13 AM     
That move by Diane Fedele is so lame.
That would be like someone on the other side of the fence taking a picture of McCain when he was captured and photoshopping a FAIL on it.
  by: Mannyishere     10/18/2008 05:04 AM     
  Desperate measures from desperate racists  
So sad. Ignorance is not always bliss….especially for the victims. The Republican Party has gone off the deep end and needs to be shut down before someone gets killed. This is out of control and has devolved into organized crime. Hit them with RICO, shut them down. Very strange to see a Presidential candidate that has to distance himself from his own party.
  by: valkyrie123     10/18/2008 05:17 AM     
  When did Obama play the race card?  
When he denied his 50% White heritage and 43.75% Arab heritage and called himself Black because that's how he feels society sees him, despite being only 6.25% Black.

Most of us have some variety in our background. If we're going to pick and choose some very minor part of that variety because we think it will help us, then that's playing the race card.
  by: biggfredd   10/18/2008 11:09 AM     
  the comparison  
"Ah yes, the word honkey was used for decades to belittle and demonize an entire race... Oh wait, IT WASN'T. Seriously, just stop for a second and think about what you just said."

Seems to me there's a whole BOOK of words you're not allowed to use when talking about Black people. Yet there are no such restrictions on what you can call Whites (the "H" word?)

So I'd say that the problem is that some people tend to be offended way too easily.
  by: biggfredd   10/18/2008 11:22 AM     
  new ending  
"You can call me honkey all you want, I could care less. Try saying the n-word to a black person. There's a reason they are going to feel different when you call them the n-word and when you call a white person a honkey, and the reason, again in case you have not quite figured it out yet: "

IS BECAUSE "I could care less". When we were around six years old and called names, we were told to laugh and ignore it. When the name callers found it didn't work, they stopped doing it.

Those who choose to be offended by words have handed their opponent a weapon and said "here's a way to hurt me".
  by: biggfredd   10/18/2008 11:29 AM     
  of corpse not  
"Or whites being sprayed en masse with water from fire hoses."

No, on Whites they use live ammo. Remember Kent State?
  by: biggfredd   10/18/2008 11:43 AM     
  Har Har  
Wish I could get my hands on one of those as a collectible.
  by: elzorro   10/20/2008 08:16 PM     
Obama hasn't denied anything about his ethnic heritage. It's all out there in the public domain in his autobiography. And I don't know where you could get that he's nearly half Arabic when you look at these photos:

His father:

His mother (with Barack as a boy):

An actual Arab (with some other guy):
  by: l´anglais     10/20/2008 09:07 PM     
  What is this  
Obama would have to be stupid or something to get mad about this. I'm black and I don't eat or drink any of that stuff. Obama has probably put out the race card, but that does not mean that you have to vote for him. I voted for Clinton in the primaries, and consider myself partial republican. But i'll probably vote for Obama anyways otherwise my family might disown me, and Jhon Mc Cain is not the right choice for me anyways
  by: Pikachu206   10/21/2008 05:06 PM     
Grrr... Want to reply so bad, but it's an exercise of futility to debate most republicans. I've only met a few that can present a well-reasoned and respectable argument. One that doesn't make me ask... "Are you f***ing serious?"
  by: amir8500   10/24/2008 12:51 AM     
  Diane Fedele  
go to hell! You knew exactly what you were doing.
  by: ukpunk1   11/01/2008 02:39 PM     
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