I guess these kind of things are expected to rise to surface when we have a darkie running for President.

A Republican women’s club in San Bernardino County sent out a recent newsletter with a photo of Barack Obama surrounded by fried chicken, watermelon and ribs, sparking widespread outrage and rebuke from GOP leaders and Democrats.

The illustration shows the Democratic presidential candidate’s head atop a donkey’s body on a bogus $10 bill referred to as “Obama Bucks.” Inscribed on the money are the words “United States Food Stamps” surrounded by stereotypical African American food.

When attempting to explain the rationale behind this image, Chaffey president Diane Fedele said:

“I apologize to anyone who was offended because that was not my intent. It was poor judgment on my part. It was strictly an attempt to point out the outrageousness of Obama’s statement that he doesn’t look like all those other presidents on the dollar bills.”

Fedele also asserted that she’s not racist because she once voted for Alan Keyes. Riiiiight.

Another club member, Kristina Sandoval also chimed in:

“None of us are racists,” [Sandoval] said. “The use of watermelon, ribs and fried chicken was innocent. Everyone eats those foods, it’s not a racial thing.”

So I guess using pizza, ice cream, apple pie, and diet Pepsi were out of the question.

On the real, the truth is: I don’t know anything about these women or this group. They may really be clueless about how and why this image is offensive. They really may not see the stereotypical associations being ascribed here. They may really believe that supporting a black candidate or having a black friend disqualifies them from ever being racist. If that’s the case, I’ll chalk this up to a simple (but unfortuate) case of unenlightened racism. I mean, it could be worse. Case in point: