GOP group depicts Obama with watermelon, fried chicken

The organization's president says she wasn't aware of the racial connotations of the image, which is of Barack Obama on a food stamp -- "It was just food to me."


Alex Koppelman
October 16, 2008 11:25PM (UTC)

A California Republican group's latest newsletter shows Barack Obama on a $10  food stamp. The picture shows Obama eating fried chicken, watermelon and ribs, an image that harks back to old derogatory stereotypes about African-Americans.

Diane Fedele, the president of the responsible organization, Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated, says the image was distributed without any racist intent. "I never connected," she told a local newspaper. "It was just food to me. It didn't mean anything else."

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The press secretary for the state Republican Party has denounced the use of the image, the Associated Press reports, and has also pointed out that the group is a volunteer organization not directly responsible to the party.

Fedele has apologized "to anyone who was offended."

Update: Thanks to readers who pointed out a link to the image itself -- which can be viewed here -- and that Obama is shown on a food stamp, not on a $10 bill.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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