Republican Aide to Tenn. State Senator, Sends Racist Email
June 15, 2009
(ChattahBox)—Yet, another Republican feels free to attack the dignity of our presidential office with vile hate and racism. In what has become an almost daily occurrence in Republican circles, a staffer for Tennessee State Senator Diane Black sent out a racist email last month, demeaning President Obama, using her work computer and state email account .
The Republican staffer’s name is Sherri Goforth and she emailed a racial smear against President Obama to a long list of recipients, including co-workers. The email was entitled, “Historical Keepsake Photo,” and included a picture of all of our 44 presidents, except that President Obama’s portrait only contained “spook eyes,” two white eyes against a black background.
You would think that after her disgusting racial smear was revealed, Sherri Goforth would be suitably apologetic, humiliated and shamed. But that’s not the case, not at all. She doesn’t comprehend how reprehensible her actions were.
When asked about the racist email, Goforth was only sorry that her racism was made public and she showed no remorse. She was only sorry she sent the email smear to the “wrong list.”
“I went on the wrong email and I inadvertently hit the wrong button,” “I’m very sick about it, and it’s one of those things I can’t change or take back,” said Goforth to a reporter from the online site, Nashville is Talking.
Twice, NIT asked Goforth if she understood the controversial nature of the email and both times, she responded she was sorry about sending the racist smear to the wrong list. Apparently the “right list,” included recipients who were sure to appreciate Goforth’s racial “joke.”
Her supervisor, Sen. Diane Black, the chair of the Senate Republican Caucus, has seen fit to only reprimand Goforth and take no further action for the racist attack of our President.
Tennessee Democratic Party Chair Chip Forrester, condemned the hateful smear and is calling on Sen. Black to publicly condemn the racist email and fire Goforth. “…[O]nce again, a Tennessee Republican has earned national attention for a racist, hate-filled attack on our President,” said Forrester.
This is not the first instance of racist attacks against President Obama by Tennessee Republicans. Former Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chip Saltsman sent out the “Barack the Magic Negro” song as a “gift” to Republican National Committee members, during his bid to head the Committee
Just yesterday, it was reported that a South Carolina Republican activist, Rusty DePass, compared an escaped gorilla to our First Lady, Michelle Obama.
I do realize not “every” Republican thinks and behaves like the Sherri Goforths and Chip Saltsmans of this world. However, unless decent Republicans vigorously condemn the racial smears of our President, people like Sherri Goforth and Diane Black will continue to be the face of the Republican Party.