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?"
- I didn't know blacks had been compared to chimps in the past.
- Let's not forget fried chicken as well.
- And watermelon.