December 12, 2011 / 6:26 PM / 8 years ago

Tea party group drops depiction of Obama as skunk

KANSAS CITY, Mo (Reuters) - In the wake of criticism, a Kansas tea party group has removed from its web site home page a comparison of President Obama to a skunk.

The Patriot Freedom Alliance, based in Hutchinson, Kansas, posted a photo of a skunk, stating it had replaced the eagle as a symbol of the president because “it is half black, half white and almost everything it does stinks.”

The depiction was on the group’s home web page on Saturday but gone on Sunday, said Darrell Pope, president of the Hutchinson chapter of the NAACP. It was also not on the site Monday, the day after an article about it appeared in the Hutchinson News-Leader newspaper.

“They tried to pass it off as satire, but it was hurtful and malicious,” Pope said Monday. He said the depiction was racist in reference to Obama, who was born to a white mother and black father.

Pope said he did not contact the tea party group about removing the skunk reference but that it never should have been posted in the first place.

A representative of the Patriot Freedom Alliance who maintains its web site did not immediately return phone calls on Monday. Another member declined to comment.

Hutchinson is a city of about 42,000 in central Kansas, northwest of Wichita.

Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Writing by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Jerry Norton

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