Dean Grose, the soon-to-be-ex mayor of Los Alamitos has come under heavy fire for sending an e-mail out that depicted the White House lawn planted with watermelons, under the title “No Easter egg hunt this year.” Among the recipients – all of whom were apparently intended recipients – was local businesswoman and city volunteer Keyanus Price, who is Black.
No Easter Egg Hunt This Year
As I have commented before, sometimes an image is just image whether it be that of a chimpanzee or of a patch watermelons, bucket of fried chicken, or whatever. Such is not the case in this situation. The message in Grose’s email cannot be interpreted in any other way than as a cheap joke based upon racial stereotypes. It directly referenced President Obama and used imagery that, in that context, can have no other plausible meaning other than as a racial slur.
I should really thank Mayor Grose for providing such a good example of an actual racist cartoon or joke by way of counterpoint to the Post’s cartoon.
Mayor Grose also didn’t make matters any better when he responded to Keyanus Price’s initial complaint about the emailed image and it’s caption.
The way things are today, you gotta laugh every now and then. I wanna see the coloring contests
— Mayor Dean Grose
His response to Price’s complaint
Yes, sometimes the cries of racism are little more than a combination of people nursing age-old grievances and bitterness and the vicious and mercenary actions of creatures like Al Sharpton and his ilk. But that sad fact doesn’t mean that racism isn’t still prevalent in America, as Mayor Grose’s stupidity and bigotry clearly shows.