Sunday, January 29, 2012

Republican Racism, Example #1: The White House Pictured As A Watermelon Patch

As reported on the Orange County Register website March 24, 2009, the Republican mayor of the California town of Los Alamitos, Dean Grose, sent an email blast to friends with an attached picture that depicted the White House lawn as covered with watermelons.

Black people, according to racists, love watermelons.  President Obama is black.  Therefore, the White House has turned into a watermelon patch.  Understand that syllogism?  This picture was forwarded in email by the Republican mayor of the California town of Los Alamitos, Dean Grose, (Photo from 

A local businesswoman Keyanus Price, one of the unwilling recipients of the ugly email said, "I honestly don't even understand where he was coming from, sending this to me. As a black person receiving something like this from the city-freakin'-mayor." Grose later claimed that he was unaware of the stereotype about black people liking watermelons.  One wonders, then, what was the point of the picture?  (For more see, 

Michael Phillips has authored the following:

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, Texas, 1841-2001 (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2006)

(with Patrick L. Cox) The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010)

“Why Is Big Tex Still a White Cowboy? Race, Gender, and the ‘Other Texans’” in Walter Buenger and Arnoldo de León, eds., Beyond Texas Through Time: Breaking Away From Past Interpretations (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2011)

“The Current is Stronger’: Images of Racial Oppression and Resistance in North Texas Black Art During the 1920s and 1930s ”  in Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz, eds., The Harlem Renaissance in the West: The New Negroes’ Western Experience (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2011)

“Dallas, 1989-2011,” in Richardson Dilworth, ed. Cities in American Political History (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2011)

(With John Anthony Moretta, Keith J. Volonto, Austin Allen, Doug Cantrell and Norwood Andrews), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips. eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume I.   (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Keith J. Volanto), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips, eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume II. (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Carl J. Luna), Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama  (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2013). 

“Texan by Color: The Racialization of the Lone Star State,” in David Cullen and Kyle Wilkison, eds., The Radical Origins of the Texas Right (College Station: University of Texas Press, 2013).

He is currently collaborating, with longtime journalist Betsy Friauf, on a history of African American culture, politics and black intellectuals in the Lone Star State called God Carved in Night: Black Intellectuals in Texas and the World They Made.


  1. What really makes my blood boil is you could probably post one of these things every day for a year and still have a pile of this shit three feet high.

  2. I already have that pile, Scott, but I'm here to document it no matter how much time it takes. I thought it would be logistically impossible to document the homophobic comments. If a member of the GOP is awake, they engage in anti-gay bigotry.