Playing the Fool

White House Watermelon Email From California Mayor Dean Grose Inspires Outrage:

“The mayor of Los Alamitos is coming under fire for an e-mail he sent out that depicts the White House lawn planted with watermelons, under the title ‘No Easter egg hunt this year.’…
Grose confirmed to the AP that he sent the e-mail to [local businesswoman and city volunteer Keyanus] Price and said he didn’t mean to offend her. He said he was unaware of the racial stereotype that black people like watermelons.”
Watermelons on the White House Lawn

(Via The Huffington Post.)

If Grose expects anyone to believe him, he’s even dumber than his joke. What exactly would have been the point if not for the stereotype?