Republicans Buy Up Souvenirs of Aunt Jemima ObamaSeptember 16th, 2008
Republicans buy up souvenirs of Aunt Jemima Obama.
Like hotcakes, Republicans snapped up boxes of waffles with the image of Sen. Barack Obama portrayed as the racially stereotyped Aunt Jemima caricature. Attendees at the Values Voter Summit, a conservative political forum, couldn’t get enough of the $10-per-box Obama Waffles, until summit organizers decided to cut off sales, saying they didn’t realize “offensive material” was being offered. Reminiscent of the old Aunt Jemima pancake box, Obama is portrayed with bulging white eyes and big ruby-red lips; instead of the mammy rag, the Democratic presidential nominee’s head is wrapped in an Arab headdress, stoking the false rumor that he is a Muslim. (Obama is actually a Christian.) The back of the box shows Obama garbed in stereotypical Mexican dress, including a sombrero. Below that image is a recipe for “Open Border Fiesta Waffles,” which purportedly can serve “4 or more illegal aliens.” And, “while waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?” the recipe suggests. Get more on the story at BET.com/News. Are the Obama Waffles racist, or is it fair political satire?