It happens every day. In fact, it is pretty hard to avoid it. There are some things that can only be understood with a slap on the forehead. Things so mind-boggling that one wonders how humans managed to evolve thumbs while being this mentally inept. Case in point:
Marilyn Davenport, Republican official in California, didn’t think Obama as chimp e-mail was racist
Let that sink in for a moment.
A person over thirty who grew up in the United States claims that she did not know that depicting a black man as the child of chimps is racist.
Davenport sent the email depicting President Obama as the child of two chimp parents with the tagline “Now you know why — No birth certificate.” When confronted about the images, Davenport offered this response:
“I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth,” she wrote in an email. “In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email.”
“In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race,” she added. “I received plenty of emails about [former president] George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them.”
Not to out do herself, Davenport resorted to the usual “I’m not racist” defense:
“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.”
That does not help either. Everyone likes a good joke, even racist ones. I quite enjoy Bill Maher’s “Chocolate Jesus” and “Black Elvis” jabs at Obama. However, the Tea Party has spent the last two years claiming Obama is not an American citizen and engaging in thinly veiled racism. They have called Obama everything but the word they want to call him. Images like that only show how much racism plays a role in the Tea Party movement.
Worse yet, Davenport refuses to resign, leaving the Republican party in a terrible position with the base. Their base will love this email, and might punish the party if they boot Davenport out. On the other hand, it makes them look like implicitly racist.
This is so incredibly stupid and racist that is almost not worth talking about. But, we need to talk about this because this kind of tacit racism against Obama has been going on since the beginning of his campaign. The Clintons did it, the feminists who supported Clinton did, the right did, and the Tea Party continues to do it with no hesitation. This needs to stop, and the first way of doing it is for the Republicans to ostracize people like Davenport and make them resign. Make it so horrible for them that they will not dare show their faces again.