Why is it so hard to cop to racism? This image was included in a Republican newsletter. The newsletter was distributed by the Chaffey Community Republican Women. Not surprisingly, some people found it offensive and it's now a story. And the person behind the nifty decision to include this picture, Diane Fedele, has apologized. From the article :
She said she doesn't think in racist terms, pointing out she once supported Republican Alan Keyes, an African-American who previously ran for president.Riiiight. She originally included images on Obama Bucks featuring cucumber sandwiches, Sunny D and beef wellington, but they were too large so, instead, she just Googled "food" and slapped on whatever came up. Watermelon, fried chicken and Kool Aid just happened to be the foods she found. And she even used the "Some of my best friends are Alan Keyes" defense.
"I didn't see it the way that it's being taken. I never connected," she said. "It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else."
The next time a political operative gets caught doing something like this, they should own up: "Oops! My bad. It's completely racist, but I sent it anyway because me and my friends find it completely hilarious. In the future, I will try to remember that it hurts the party politically to be overtly racist, and will confine my hilarity to country clubs and Palin rallies. I am sorry...for embarrassing Republicans."