Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mayor in Hot Water Over "Watermelons on White House Lawn" Email

Mayor Dean Grose of Los Alamitos, California, is under fire for an email he sent to a constituent showing a picture of the White House lawn superimposed with a watermelon patch (above). The email had the subject "No Easter Egg hunt this year."

Keyanus Price, who is African-American, is just one person who received the email, and she said:
"I was horrified when I read that e-mail. What I'm concerned about is how can this person send an e-mail out like this and think it is OK? He's putting the city into a bad place, and he is a liability."
Price also told the AP:
"I have had plenty of my share of chicken and watermelon and all those kinds of jokes. 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."
Also according to AP, Grose said he was unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons.

Oh, come on. How many people try to get away with saying "I wasn't aware such-and-such a thing was racist?"
For those who might see this as all in good fun (as Grose did, when he said "Bottom line is, we laugh at things and I didn't see this in the same light that she did"), please. And if he is truly too ignorant to know that watermelons are a symbol of racism, and that this picture obviously flaunts that, perhaps he shouldn't be mayor.

23 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh, please... if he didn't think watermelons were racist, then what the heck did he mean them to represent? What exactly was the point of the 'joke', and how does it even make sense, if it wasn't meant to be racist?

Anonymous said...

For anyone who thought that electing a black president heralded the end of racism in America, this is a wakeup call. We still have a lot of work to do.

The fact that this mayor did not see his actions as racist is one of the problems we face in eradicating racism. Racism is born out of ignorance and this mayor just highlighted that fact.

godsbiker7 said...

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Anonymous said...

You are correct, there is a lot of work to do. When it is referred to as racist because of the picture on an e-mail, sent to a select few, but not racist when a black person gets on the radio and refers to whites as "cracker" or "whitey". You are correct there is a lot of work to do.

Anonymous said...

I had no idea about watermelons being connected in some way (what way?) to black people ...never mind racism? Why What's the connection? Watermelons are red and green... not black... I just don't see it

Dixie said...

I'm in Australia and had no idea either that there was a connection - so I would have innocently passed that email on and thought simply that planting watermelons was a cheaper alternative to purchasing chocolate eggs given the global austerity we are suffering....

NevadaPatriot@gmail.com said...

Watermelons were meant to be enjoyed and never to ridicule people of color. Recall the mayor. I got out of a sickbed to vote for Barack Obama.When I see how he apointed former Clinton staffers feding at the public trough I pose this question. CHANGE! what change? Watermelon is refreshing. Ignore stupidity. Power to the people.

Ney Noune said...

why are watermelons racest? I know that they are, but where does it come from?

Anonymous said...

People are trying to play ignorant of the fact that some people say or think that all black people eat wtermelon or can play basketball etc.... it was meant to be offensive

Anonymous said...

get over it-it's a joke what ever happened to "FREEDOM OF SPEECH". who cares.everyone is forgetting the fact that Obama is 1/2 white so maybe he thought it was 1/2 funny,no has asked him. again GET OVER IT PEOPLE.

Anonymous said...

OH GIVE ME A BREAK. it's a cartoon. racism,i'm sick of it. blacks have way more rights and opportunities in this world and they still cry discrimination.they get extra points on exams for federal jobs.most of them are making more money than alot of white i know.things don't go their way and they CRY discrimination and get more things their way. Obama is 1/2 WHITE did everyone forget that? i guess white people just are not allowed to do anything without blacks being okay with it. i think it's funny and printed it so i can show my frinds.

Anonymous said...

Grose resigned as Mayor but refuses to relinquish his seat on the City Council. He's well known for being a life-long racist and very abusive to co-workers and employees.

The ONLY reason he's resigning isn't the racist email he claims he didn't know was racist . . is the fact he doesn't want the rest of story to get published: he reads a White Supremacists blog (where the photo shopped pic came from on Jan 5 ..but of course)

That White Supremacists blog is a porn link provider.

Grose lengthy history of sending racist, sexist and inappropriate emails is no secret to the locals . . what he wants kept secret is his White Supremacist Christian compassion for hard core porn.

He's perfect for higher office in the GOP, he's got all the qualifications and the commensorating scandals that elevate them to receive the Medal of Honor as we all know.

Anonymous said...

Black people please dont do this to yourself this is what mayor Dean Grose want to read.He feel like a big person now,that he have gotton a lots of feed back. but the joke is really on him this man plant watermelons every year for himself and wife. they love watermelons.

Tamyka said...

How can you say it's racist to observe black people liking watermelons...(which I am sure an equal number of white folks like watermelon too,)

and yet find the phrase 'white men can't jump' acceptable?

I am an American, not an African and the word Negro is a Spanish word meaning black. I prefer to be called an American Black.

I hate how ABs perpetuate degredation by calling each other 'niggah'-always, in a cutting, condescending way, even if they 'excuse' it as playful or a term of endearment.

It was VERY RACIST the manner in which the white Democrats who supported Obama, condesendingly tried every which way to bully me into supporting their candidate, i.e., duty to my race, or some silly, shallow black pride. Nevermind that I had a mind of my own and I found him to be a 'yowsah' for some very evil powerfull people and not inline with my moral convictions. They were the true racists, who many times accused me of being racist for not supporting Obama, not knowing I was AB myself.

Yes, there are bigots from all colors & countires, that may never change, but WE do not need to perpetrate that ugly term within our own race and then act all indignant when someone sends us a picture of a watermelon patch?

romper said...

Tamyka said...
How can you say it's racist to observe black people liking watermelons...

Tamyka, as a felow AB and critical thinker, I agree with your comments all. You are a credit to our race - American!

Anonymous said...

There are still a lot of ignorant people in the United States.I heard a watermelon joke the other day in a dougnut shop in New York made by a vietnam vet.I did not laugh at his stupid joke and I am white.

Anonymous said...

Just a FYI. Its is said that niggers eat watermelons and chicken because they are easily stolen from their neighbors, or/ and are a cheap food to buy and prepare. Thats why it was a raciest e-mail. So, he was wrong for sending it.......he must be a dumb as*!

Anonymous said...

I did a brief search and couldn't find anything factual connecting watermelons to American blacks, but I have always assumed that it had something to do with watermelons being a plentiful and inexpensive summer crop, and therefore available to and popular with people of modest means in the summer heat. White people might see black children on the farm or on the stoop, or entire families at picnics, enjoying watermelon. That's the stereotype image: http://binkis.files.wordpress.com/2009/01/1911_postcard-watermelon_01.jpg That might be a load of crap, but it's what I picked up somewhere. However it started, which, admittedly might not have much to do with real people actually being seen eating watermelon, once the meme got legs it was here to stay.

Later versions of the same racial stereotype have blacks either chugging down Kool-Aid http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20081109172052AACjNJ3 or, more recently, grape soda:

"Store gives coupons for Grape Soda & Cornbread for black history month" http://thedfwdistro.blogspot.com/2009/02/store-gives-coupons-for-grape-soda.html and http://outdoors.webshots.com/photo/1541535709084220285TWxRdW

Anonymous said...

I am tired of hearing this. Blacks need to get over it. Black comediens harp on whites all the time, and it is raciest. so STFU and get over it...I thought it would have been chitlins ( did I spell that right? I don't eat them) on the lawn.

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Just Energy said...

why are watermelons racest? I know that they are, but where does it come from?

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Well some very evil powerfull people and not inline with my moral convictions...