Obama Monkey Picture Shows Racism Is Alive and Well in America
By LESLIE MARSHALL
April 20, 2011
I was walking out of the Los Angeles Fox News bureau on Monday after taping the Lou Dobbs show and one of the assignment editors said Hey Leslie, did you see this? He showed me a picture on his computer of three chimpanzees. A daddy chimp, a mama chimp, and a baby chimp; but the baby looked oddly familiar; he had the face of our president, Barack Obama. As if that werent enough, there was the caption:Now you know why no birth certificate.
I was shocked and offended. And for the record, I am white--I am not a person of color. More shocking was that this photo was sent through E-mail by a Republican Party central committee member, Marilyn Davenport, a Tea Party activist.
...When the word racism is invoked in connection with the name Obama, there is a flurry of anger from the right that racism has nothing to do with whatever the issue is. Well Ms. Davenport has just proved a whole lot of them wrong. Racism has everything to do with this and other issues, from questioning his religion, to his place of birth. Its one thing to attack a person on the issues, but on the color of their skin???!
GOP Official Who E-mailed an Obama Monkey Photo Wont Resign
By Dan Amira
Somehow, another local Republican Party official has sent out one of the most blatantly racist e-mails you'll ever come across without, allegedly, having any idea that it was racist at all. Marilyn Davenport, a member of the Orange County, California, GOP, sent out the adjacent monkey photo to friends last week with the caption, "Now you know why no birth certificate," the obvious implication being that Obama is a monkey, and monkeys aren't the most thorough record keepers. Pretty much as racist as you can get, yes?
Social Networks Help Republican Racism Go Viral
By Dan Amira
The rise of President Obama as the first black president has ushered in an uncomfortable era for the nation's casual racists. While the urge to entertain friends and colleagues with historical stereotypes and hurtful prejudices has clearly become irresistible, what happens when that desire conflicts with one's duties as a GOP office-holder, strategist, or activist? When is it appropriate to compare President Obama to a monkey, or make a quip about his presumed love of watermelons, for example? The quandary is only heightened by our new age of social media, in which private jokes can easily become public. As they continue to navigate this moral gray area, most Republican Party members are erring on the side of ... erring making or endorsing racially tinged or outright offensive jokes via e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, and old-fashioned paper, then awkwardly apologizing once they've made an ass of themselves. The latest example involved Young Republican vice-chairman Audra Shays, who posted an approving comment after a friend's dubious joke on her Facebook page last week, but it's a cycle that's steadily repeated itself since Obama emerged in last year's campaign.
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