This politician takes the prize as half-wit of the year (so far).
The Orange County Register reported that Dean Grose, the mayor of California’s Los Alamitos, sent an e-mail to at least one colleague with a picture of the White House and a large watermelon patch superimposed in front of it.
The e-mail said, “No Easter Egg hunt this year.”
Here’s what one African-American had to say about the e-mail:
“I think [the mayor is] saying that since there’s a black president, there will be no need to hunt for eggs since they’re growing watermelons in the front yard this year,” said Keyanus Price, who told the Register she finds the e-mail racist and offensive.
Oh, by the way, Grose, who is white, sent the e-mail to Price. She turned it over to the Register.
This was Price’s e-mail response to Grose: “Hey, that's not nice at all. Not all black people like watermelon … you should know better than that,” according to the Register.
The Register said Grose replied with: “The way things are today, you gotta laugh every now and then. I wanna see the coloring contests.”
Price told the Register that this response made her more upset.
“As soon as I saw his response; that put me over the top because it was no big deal to him,” she said.
Grose has apologized for the e-mail.
Apparently, Mayor Grose—whether he’s racist, getting thrown under the boss or just plain stupid—has failed to notice that electronic communication embarrasses public figures all the time.
Elliot Spitzer and his e-mail, and Detroit’s ex-mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his text messages, are but two recent examples.
Whatever his motivation, Grose might steal attention from Illinois’ nationally-known politicians. So, on behalf of the citizens of Illinois, thank you Mayor Grose.