So says Diane Black, the Tennessee Republican state senator whose legislative aide Sherri Goforth sent out an email showing President Barack Obama looking like a spook.
You see, Sherri Goforth sent an email showing images of all the presidents of the United States. According to the Los Angeles Times:
She did it by sending out an e-mail with images of all the presidents of the United States, with Barack Obama depicted below in the bottom right hand corner only as a pair of bright white eyes on a black background. Sort of like a ghost. But between just us, probably more like a spook. And for those not steeped in quaint Southern terminology for blacks, “spook” was once (an apparently still is) a popular slur.
The Los Angeles Times article also mentions the following:
Her boss, who reprimanded her, is emphasizing that she had nothing to do with it. The senator says she has always been a friend to “people with black skin.”
I feel much better now 😦
According to the Nashville Scene Diane Black has done plenty for black folks:
“It absolutely does not reflect any of my beliefs,” she says of the email that her staffer sent on a state computer to a bunch of her Republican buddies. “This is, believe me, not at all anything having to do with being derogatory toward someone in a minority.”
In fact, Black says, she’s “reached out to people all over this world” as a nurse. As evidence of her racist-free heart, she cites her trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. She went deep into the jungles of Guatemala like a great white bwana to help babies.
“I spent time in Haiti during the time of Aristide working with people with black skin who needed medical help,” she says. And if that’s not enough, her family once hosted a Brazilian exchange student in their home. Wow!
And what about Goforth? She said she sent the email to the wrong list of people. So apparently there was right list of people to send the email to but she hit the wrong button. Go figure. Anyway after backtracking on that wrong list comment Ms. Goforth issued another apology:
“I want to offer my deepest apology regarding the offensive nature of the email forwarded to several of my colleagues. I also want to make it clear that it was forwarded to me from an acquaintance with absolutely no political party ties and who is outside the Tennessee Capitol Hill arena. I should have deleted it upon receipt. Again, I am deeply sorry and offer a sincere apology to anyone offended.”
Makes your head spin, don’t it? I mean Rusty DePass basically calls First Lady Michelle Obama a gorilla and now this. So who will be the next person to act a fool and show their true colors.
As Mary C. Curtis over at Politics Daily states:
Lindsey Graham, one of South Carolina’s U.S. senators, has said he is “deeply troubled” by comments about race made by Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
So Senator Graham, since statements that speak of the need for diversity on the bench upset you, I know you’ll be demanding a clear apology from DePass – a South Carolina colleague — for his comments comparing the First Lady of the United States to an animal.
Is Senator Graham deeply troubled by Rusty DePass’s gorilla comments?
Yes folks we are certainly living in a post racial society.