Representing Franklin, Tennessee at the conservative Values Voter Summit, Mark Whitlock and Bob DeMoss created the product depicting Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a racial stereotype on its front and wearing Arab-like headdress on its top flap.
Reporter Larisa Alexandrovna was on the scene and investigated whether there were racist intentions behind the product:
"I asked the 'chef'... if he was at all concerned that this might be viewed as a white man putting a black man into a frying pan," reporter Larisa Alexandrovna wrote Saturday. "He laughed and said, 'I hope so.'"
The AP reports on the story:
" it also plays off the old image of the pancake-mix icon Aunt Jemima, which has been widely criticized as a demeaning stereotype. Obama is portrayed with popping eyes and big, thick lips as he stares at a plate of waffles and smiles broadly. Placing Obama in Arab-like headdress recalls the false rumor that he is a follower of Islam, though he is actually a Christian. On the back of the box, Obama is depicted in stereotypical Mexican dress, including a sombrero, above a recipe for "Open Border Fiesta Waffles" that says it can serve "4 or more illegal aliens." The recipe includes a tip: "While waiting for these zesty treats to invade your home, why not learn a foreign language?
The socially conservative public policy groups American Values and Focus on the Family Action co-sponsored the summit.
The bit about 'illegal aliens' was especially ironic since the Bush Administration has allowed one of largest incursions of illegal aliens from Mexico in modern American history, (estimates of up to 20 million).
The Republican National Convention had the lowest number of blacks in 40 years. Among it's 4500 delegates and alternates in 2008, only 1.5% were African-American, only 5% were Hispanic and males outnumbered females by more than 2 to 1.
By contrast the Democratic Party boasted its most diverse delegation ever. Of its 4,400 seated delegates, 44.3 percent represented minorities. African-Americans made up 24 percent of the total, Hispanics 11.8 percent, American Indians 2.5 percent and Asian-Pacific, 4.6 percent. Men and women delegates were about evenly split.