The Obama Shoe-Shine Boy Sarah Palin Picture Controversy

by the Left Coast Rebel

It's funny, (and not), that I actually saw the ridiculous photoshop below that someone had created of, (then candidate, I believe), Barack Obama when I initially started blogging in March of 2009. I didn't even think much of it then, other than the fact that it was disgusting and that it was one of many things that I had run across that would make you think twice about your faith in civility or mankind or both. I also agree with the commentators here in that it is obviously racist, perhaps even an attempt by the KOS crowd, etc to disseminate the picture and make it go viral in an attempt to discredit conservatives. Of course it could have been created by some backwoods type as well for which he should be taken back behind the wood shed and bludgeoned with a dull instrument, (or worse). I have seen many similar themes, liberal and conservative. There are nasty people in the world. And you know what? It's not a left/right thing.

Hello! There is no such thing as civility on the internet.

But the photoshop picture didn't make the headlines until recently, (December 22), when a Colorado state Transportation Dept. worker made the brilliant choice of forwarding it to several people via. her Colorado state worker email account.

Cliff at Another Black Conservative really says all that needs to be said on the topic and from a perspective that I appreciate:

There is no escaping that the picture holds a racial connotation (a black man being subservient to a white woman) even though I have witness these type of scene daily on Wall Street.* Add to the mix the Obama vs. Palin dynamic and you are sure to get somebody screaming, “I’m offended”!

Was the woman who shared this email a racist? Before we can answer that question we must first realize that there are three possible things going on here. First, the obvious racial theme of the black shoe shine boy. Second there is "the Obama is Palin’s lessor at governance" theme (a non racist theme) and finally the possibility of both themes at work. With this being said, it is impossible to tell from the article what the woman who shared the email latched onto when she sent the picture.

Read the rest of Another Black Conservative's post here

UPDATE: Another Conservative Libertarian checks in with several great points:


The race-button-pushers need no help whatsoever with creating the controversy they love so much.

When I saw this, the first thing I thought of was a banner posted on a fellow blogger's site showing Obama in Sarah Palin wig, with the caption reading, "He can't fill her pumps!" For me, this picture reflects the same message, without regard to race at all. Then the second thought to enter my mind was the shoe-shine boy reference. I had to swallow hard each time I saw the pic after that. We don't need THIS kind of help!

I wonder if these guys would have left the race button alone if, say, Clarence Thomas was President?

Fair and Balanced? Liberals are circulating the following picture, the source that I got it from said that many in the GOP think that the Obama/Palin shoe shine picture 'is hilarious' which is of course absurd. Show me a link to ONE site that thinks it is hilarious instead of an ambiguous assertion. Show me. Liberal humor?

10 comments:

  1. I love you guys - No matter when I am having a challenging day I know I can come here to laugh! That photo is TOO FUNNY!

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  2. @ Michael - I'm not sure what you mean. You guys? I don't think the photos if funny at all, with due respect, did you even read the piece that I wrote?

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  3. LCR, I think in this case ... and I HATE it ... I can see how some (many?) would automatically push the "race button" when seeing this photo. It wouldn't surprise me at all if this was the intent of the publisher/creator of the photo. This is truly shameful.

    The race-button-pushers need no help whatsoever with creating the controversy they love so much.

    When I saw this, the first thing I thought of was a banner posted on a fellow blogger's site showing Obama in Sarah Palin wig, with the caption reading, "He can't fill her pumps!" For me, this picture reflects the same message, without regard to race at all. Then the second thought to enter my mind was the shoe-shine boy reference. I had to swallow hard each time I saw the pic after that. We don't need THIS kind of help!

    I wonder if these guys would have left the race button alone if, say, Clarance Thomas was President?

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  4. I saw this for the first time over Christmas and although I enjoyed the symbolism of - he's not fit to shine her shoes, the racial overtones of it really bothered me and kept it from being really funny. Had it been Joe Biden, or even John McCain shining her shoes I would have been able to enjoy it.

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  5. But a white man shining a black man's shoe would not be racist?

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  6. @ RWL - Great points, I'll add them to the post!

    @ Spinster - I totally agree, if it were Biden or McCain it would not be disturbing.

    @ Smitty - I think it is racist, 100%.

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  7. There is nothing "obviously racist" about that picture. One has to first want it to be racist in order to see it that way.

    The most pernicious form of racism is white guilt. And white guilt is the only reason for such dumbass double standards.

    One must ask if the picture would be "obviously racist" had it not been photoshopped. Is a black guy shining someone's shoes "obviously racist"? If so, why? Should the black guy be ashamed of himself? The white lady too? Or is it something that magically becomes racist when the heads in the photo are those of politicians?

    This sort of retarded thinking is why brown colored politicians tend to be so manifestly incompetent and corrupt. It's a situation created by hand-wringing, guilty white colored people.

    The double standard is what's truly racist. Not some stupid gag picture.

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  8. I am the photographer who took the original capture. The photograph presented here is an unauthorized plagiarism. I resent anyone using my copyrighted photographs without my consent in the first place and even more so bringing an undeserved infamy to my name by altering them and using with ill intend. I am an Australian photographer and American politics are as far away from my mind as are our countries. Is this racism? I am not sure, but it is THEFT and DEFAMATION for sure.

    You can see the original story and photograph here.

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  9. LCR...

    Lets be fair and balanced:

    http://progressiveerupts.blogspot.com/2010/01/apparently-cartoon-of-sarah-palin.html

    Go ahead, check it out!

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  10. I don't see how it can be offensive since Obama is president and Palin is not in elected office. It would possibly offensive if Obama had lost the election b/c there would be a hint of reality to it.

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