Hat tip to Scott Moxley at OC Weekly for this post that exposes a so-racist-it-can’t-be-considered-humor email photo that makes light of President Obama’s birth certificate by showing him as the baby of apes.
The email, from Marilyn Davenport, a Tea Bagger who is a member of the Central Committee of the OC Republican Party, was sent under the subject field: “Now you know why no birth certificate.” Davenport contends it was an Internet joke.
From Moxley’s post: “Reached by telephone and asked if she thought the email was appropriate, Davenport said, “Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people–mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.”
The image did upset several local Republicans.
“It’s unbelievable,” one high-ranking OC GOP official told me. “It’s much more racist than the watermelon email. I can’t believe it was sent out. I’m not an Obama fan but how stupid do you have to be to do this?”
Scott Baugh, chairman of the OC Republican Party, told Davenport that the email was tasteless, the Fullerton activist told me during the telephone interview.
“You’re not going to make a big deal about this are you?” she asked me. “It’s just an Internet joke.”
Allow us to make a big deal of this. If Davenport has “friends who are black” what do they say about it? Is it funny to them? Does she have friends who are gay? Friends who are Hispanic? Friends who are Liberals? How about friends who are racist (she must since she sent the photo to someone). This reminds me of a certain Santa Ana city planning commissioner who doesn’t hate gays, but will call a gay man an “infected piece of $&!#,” who doesn’t hate Muslims, but refers to one as “Jihad Todd,” doesn’t hate Latinos but refers to one as a “half breed.” Sorry, hate doesn’t work that way.
Stay classy Tea Party.