Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people. ~W.C. Fields
Our nation has not always lived up to its ideals, yet those ideals have never ceased to guide us. They expose our flaws, and lead us to mend them. We are the beneficiaries of the work of the generations before us and it is each generation's responsibility to continue that work. - Laura Bush
Yeah, I get the joke. Got it right away. Still, a black man with a chocolate touch (something black) that then turns to **** (something blackish) wreaks of veiled racism to me... The joke could have been made with anything really and when the guy sniffs whatever that was and says, "that doesn't smell like vanilla/jasmine/whatever to me" it would have the same effect.
Chocolate is a term associated with blacks people too. For example:
Chocolate News - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The only thing that would have made it completely racist is if the guy used "dark molasses" instead of chocolate.
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
I also despised political cartoons aimed at George W. Bush for the same reason, even though I personally had nothing but contempt for the man.
Bottom line: The cartoon in your OP is not racist because a black man and chocolate are referenced, any more than a very white Penelope Garcia calling a very black Dexter Morgan, "hot chocolate" on Criminal Minds is racist. It's just a vile, partisan hack job, like nearly every other political cartoon out there.