Best Excuse for Racism (2009)

Dean Grose's Don't-Blame-Me-I'm-Stupid Defense

Former Los Alamitos mayor Dean Grose claims he doesn't understand why everyone got so upset when he sent a black colleague an e-mail featuring a picture of the Obama White House with a watermelon patch instead of a lawn. Watermelons have racist connotations as stereotypical slave food? Grose had no idea! Or so he said. If that's true, it means he resigned the mayor's seat not for being racist, but for forwarding a joke e-mail when he didn't understand the joke. To anyone with an overstuffed inbox, the punishment certainly fits the crime.

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