February 27th, 2009 13:49 EST
Mayor Circulates Pic Of White House Lawn Planted With Watermelons
"The mayor of a small Southern California city says he will resign after being criticized for sharing an e-mail picture depicting the White House lawn planted with watermelons under the title `No Easter egg hunt this year.`
Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose issued a statement Thursday saying he is sorry and will step down as mayor at Monday`s City Council meeting.
Grose says he accepts that the e-mail was in poor taste and has affected his ability to lead the city. Grose said he didn`t mean to offend anyone and claimed he was unaware of the racial stereotype linking black people with eating watermelons." The Associated Press
Last week the New York Post ran the infamous cartoon of a dead chimp riddled with bullet holes and two cops, one with a smoking gun. The caption read: "They`ll have to find someone else to write the next stimulus bill. The cartoon clearly referenced the old stereotype of depicting African American as monkeys.
Now we have a mayor sending a blatantly racist email to his circle of friends and colleagues. Why are racist incidents like these happening in a post-racial America?
It wasn`t a couple of rednecks in a country bar who associated Obama with chimps and watermelons. It was a mayor and a cartoonist for one of the most well known newspapers in this country.
At least the mayor is doing the right thing by acknowledging his mistake and stepping down. The mayor`s exit would have been perfect and graceful if he hadn`t ruined it by stating that he was unaware of the racial stereotype linking black people with eating watermelons. Yeah, right!
The election of Barack Obama as President of the United States was a culmination of Martin Luther King`s dream, but these two ugly episodes prove that we have a long way to go before we reach a post-racial America.