Racist GOP group depicts Obama with watermelon, ribs

By Jonathan Adams Oct 17, 2008

A San Bernardino County Republican group has distributed a newsletter picturing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on a $10 bill adorned with a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken. Linking Obama to demeaning racist stereotypes drew denunciations from various GOP officials after the illustration appeared in the October newsletter of the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated, the Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Thursday. Diane Fedele, president of the group, said she had no racist intent. "I never connected," she told tnewspaper. "It was just food to me. It didn’t mean anything else." The Obama campaign declined to comment, saying it does not address such attacks.

[Associated Press]