Would you turn the other cheek?
Father Father Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love? "-- The Black Eyed Peas
I grew up in the liberal bastion known as San Francisco. I realize that San Francisco politics are not at all representative of most other places in the country or even other parts of California. But during the past week I was repeatedly hit over the head with reminders that I'm certainly not in Kansas anymore.
Earlier this week a local Republican group made headlines with its depiction of Barack Obama on a fake food stamp. The full article regarding this, including the illustration, can be found here. I couldn't bear copying that offensive image onto my blog, but it can be described as follows (from the article):
The latest newsletter by an Inland Republican women's group depicts Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama surrounded by a watermelon, ribs and a bucket of fried chicken, prompting outrage in political circles.
The October newsletter by the Chaffey Community Republican Women, Federated says if Obama is elected his image will appear on food stamps -- instead of dollar bills like other presidents. The statement is followed by an illustration of "Obama Bucks" -- a phony $10 bill featuring Obama's face on a donkey's body, labeled "United States Food
As if that action in itself weren't ridiculous enough, the response of the group to its own, offended, African-American members left a lot to be desired. In the president's own words:
"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."