Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Grose Watermelons: No, We Won't Shut Up!

The dead chimp cartoon, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal praising a known racist last night, and now this: Republican Mayor of Los Alamitos, Dean Grose, sent out an email with a picture of watermelons on the White House lawn with the subject line "No Easter Egg Hunt At The White House This Year."

I won't be writing much commentary on this one, kind of getting sick of having to say the same thing over and over again because Republican politicians and conservatives keep promoting the same racist crap. What was that you said again, RNC black chair Michael Steele, you've got a plan to appeal to people of color; is this it? The Electronic Village is wondering about Steele also.

The San Jose Mercury News and the AP quote Grose's inept apology, "I'm sorry. It wasn't sent to offend her personally—or anyone—from the standpoint of the African-American race." By "her" Grose means the African-American city volunteer, Keyanus Price , who put him on blast after receiving the email.

What the hell is wrong with Grose, the jackass? Oh, wait, I get it, it's the "I'm not talking about you but those other n*gg*rs over there" defense.

Note to Grose: It's personal and it's global, idiot. This story is spreading through the web like fire.

Womanist Musings asks some excellent questions such as well then, Grose, why not pumpkins, why watermelons?

Thank you Womanist Musings for the alert and for saying what many of us feel:
I am tired of white people continually being racist and making half hearted apologies after the fact. If he was man enough to send the e-mail, he should have been man enough to own up to the racist nature of what he did. It is only after his racism was made public that he had a moments pause. ... (from Womanist Musings)
The only thing I would have said differently is to add the qualifier "some" before "white people" because when you leave off the qualifier, you get everybody hooping and hollering like you pointed to them. Ya'll know what I mean. Remember Holder and "we're a nation of cowards."

Hmm, I'd bet money that Grose was one of the people whining at the water cooler about Holder's statement.

There are some people advising African-Americans to ignore this kind of racist nonsense as a distraction, as though pulling the sheet of madness makes us look less dignfied. I disagree with that tactic. Ask victims of the Holocaust or leaders of the Jewish Anti-Defamation League about the costs of silence. If we're quiet too long and, God forbid, laugh like it's funny, we could laugh all the way to a death camp. The precursor to any type of genocide is people keeping mum about hate speech or thinking it's cute or funny. Loud and alive is better.


Mom101 said...

What's particularly disturbing is not that the good old boys make these kind of comments behind closed doors but that they're in communities where this garbage is so acceptable that they don't think twice about releasing it.

I'm not sure what kind of good it does to ask them to apologize when they can essentially cross their fingers behind their backs at the same time. They should be called to resign.

Vérité Parlant said...

The people of Los Alamitos definitely should ask him to resign. He's going to cost them money creating a hostile work environment, not to mention the city will look as backward as he is.

Thanks for the comment.

sarah said...

Um. Speechless.

Anonymous said...

Gotta love the United States of America. Red, white and blue, all day every day long.

Anonymous said...

Just another day in the good old US of A. That's a good, down-home response that is held by a substantial proportion of this population. while we bask in the 'glory' of Obama-mania and 24/7 news coverage, they are simmering near boiling, fingering the key to their gun lockers nervously.

... and here we go ...

Revvy Rev said...

How long are we going to take this mess, grinning and scratchin' where it don't itch? It is time to draw a line and say no more and then back it up.

Blue State Cowgirl said...

Maybe I'm just getting crankier in middle age, but I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it any more!

Here in my neighborhood, we're dealing with our own bigot -- unfortunately a white, liberal one -- the odious Stephen Fowler of "Wife Swap" fame.

There has been a deluge of web smack-downs on him, but what has really worked has been an organized campaign to contact every one of the Boards he serves on, every company he is affiliated with and demand that they sever all relations with him or risk a boycott. It's worked. Every firm he has associated with has issued a public statement deploring his actions, kicked him off the board and expunged all website references to him.

That's the way to deal with an idiot like Grose. They must have industry or businesses there. Bombard the boards and presidents with emails threatening a boycott of all their products if they don't publicly denounce this idiot and call for his resignation.

Some of my friends say this sort of anger and action is activating a tempest in a teapot. But I think great evils like genocide start when one group decides it's acceptable to belittle another set, then the rest of us just stand by.

If the good people of Los Alamitos do not share Grose's racist views, let them stand up and declare it.

Vérité Parlant said...

Yes, I agree with what you say about the first steps toward genocide, Lisa. I think people who don't see the connection don't know world history as well as they should.

I'm glad people yanked Fowler. What a dickwad.

Blue State Cowgirl said...

And have you heard the news that Gose will resign as mayor! Another victory against assholery.

Vérité Parlant said...

Now that is good news, Lisa. I'm going to go check that out right now.