While it would be totally unfair to suggest that all Republicans are racist, it is totally fair to note that racists comprise a very real element of the Republican party. Below, see a graphic included in a mailer for an Inland, CA Republican group that had only the good intention of “derid[ing] 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.”
I’m not entirely sure how much of this woman’s defense to quote, but rest assured she is not a racist: she once supported Alan Keyes. I’m serious.
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.”
Fedele said she got the illustration in a number of chain e-mails and decided to reprint it for her members in the Trumpeter newsletter because she was offended that Obama would draw attention to his own race. She declined to say who sent her the e-mails with the illustration.
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!”
Nope, no racists in the GOP.