California GOP Group Publishes Racist Depiction of Obama

Racism is alive and well in California’s heavily Republican southeastern Inland Empire region. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that the latest edition of the Trumpeter, the newsletter of Chaffey Community Republican Women Federated, includes a crudely produced depiction of a $10 food stamp titled “Obama Bucks.”

The artwork includes cartoon images and photos of Barack Obama’s head on a donkey’s body, a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken, a slice of watermelon, a rack of ribs and the Kool-Aid guy.

The offensive artwork went out to about 200 members of the Chaffey Republican women’s group, according to the Press-Enterprise:

The group’s president, Diane Fedele, said she plans to send an apology letter to her members and to apologize at the club’s meeting next week. She said she simply wanted to deride a comment Obama made over the summer about how as an African-American he “doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.

“It was strictly an attempt to point out the outrageousness of his statement. I really don’t want to go into it any further,” Fedele said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “I absolutely apologize to anyone who was offended. That clearly wasn’t my attempt.”

…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.

“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.”

She said she also wasn’t trying to make a statement linking Obama and food stamps, although her introductory text to the illustration connects the two: “Obama talks about all those presidents that got their names on bills. If elected, what bill would he be on????? Food Stamps, what else!”

An African American member of the group told the newspaper that she cried when she saw the artwork:

“This is what keeps African-Americans from joining the Republican Party,” [Sheila Raines] said. “I’m really hurt. I cried for 45 minutes.”

Another African American member, Acquanetta Warren, who also serves on the Fontana City Council, has demanded an apology:

“When I opened that up and saw it, I said, ‘Why did they do this? It doesn’t even reflect our principles and values,’ ” said Warren, who served as a Republican delegate to the national convention in September and is a regional vice chairwoman for the California Republican Party. “I know a lot of the ladies in that club and they’re fantastic. They’re volunteers. They really care — some of them go to my church.”

Mark Kirk, a spokesman for the San Bernardino County GOP chairman, described the publication of the artwork as “very damaging.”


  • COME ON, America
    October 16, 2008 - 3:52 pm | Permalink

    It’s so embarassing that this ignorance exists in america when we pretend to stand for equality, and are supposedly trying to spread our superior beliefs in the middle east. What was really funny to me, as how this racist bitch said, “I’m not a racist, I married a Mexican”, as if there were no differences between Mexicans and Blacks.

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  • Bullwinkle J. Moose
    October 16, 2008 - 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Hey Jon, Where did my comment go ???

    What’s the dileo chief ???

  • October 17, 2008 - 7:43 am | Permalink

    We didn’t delete it deliberately, Bullwinkle. It may have accidentally gone into the spam trap. Sorry if so. Can you re-do?

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  • madiisonhack
    October 18, 2008 - 9:51 am | Permalink

    Call the person that was behind this racist crap and tell her what you think about it. Remember to call early (really, really, really early) and call often.

    Diane Fedele
    1354 Branch Cir
    Upland, CA 91786-2527
    (909) 982-6880

  • Linda Garcia
    October 18, 2008 - 10:42 pm | Permalink

    I’m convinced that we are regressing back in time. It scares me to observe the reaction of Republican Americans to change. If the REAL Americans had not been instrumental in making changes, then American women and black Americans would not have the right to vote today. These Republican women need to re-evaluate their motives and stop their racist behavior.

  • Stephanie
    October 20, 2008 - 9:26 pm | Permalink

    I am TOTALLY ashamed and emabrrased to even be living in th Inland Empire. But, why oh why m I not suprised that it is out of chaffey?

  • Oy Vey!
    October 21, 2008 - 10:19 am | Permalink

    What an embarrasment for us all, this women, her group, this brochure. Now that the ‘NY Times’ has picked it up, which is where I read about it, the world will pisk it up and you will have enforced to the world that the USA, the most progressive, supposedely, nation in the world has become a parody of itself, with racism, violence and filth like this still being spewed about. You, Madame Fedele, and your group, should beg the forgiveness of all thinking persons in this nation and a trip to confession might not be bad, either.
    You really do, diminish us all.
    GaryPeter Casella, MA
    New York, NY

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