June 15, 2009
Written by Sue · Filed Under U.S.
31 Responses to “Republican Aide to Tenn. State Senator, Sends Racist Email”
[...] Republican aid to Tenn. State Senator, Sends Racist Email [...]
WHATS WRONG WITH FREE SPEACH. YOU CAN CALL A WHITE PERSON A HONKY AND A CRACKER BUT YOU SAY THE N WORD AND OMG THE WORLD IS COMING TO AND END. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP. AND IT WILL SOON.
THE UP UNTIL NOW SILENT MAJORITY IS GOING TO RISE UP AGAINST OUR FREEDOMS BEING TAKEN AWAY.
I’M SO SICK OF HEARING THE RACE CARD WHEN IT COMES TO OBAMA. HE ISN’T EVEN BLACK. HE IS NOT THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT.
IF YOU BREED A COLLIE AND A POODLE DO YOU GET A POODLE? OR A COLLIE?
NO YOU GET A MUTT. SO OBAMA IS A MUTTLADO.
MICHELLE IS BLACK BECAUSE SHE HAS TWO BLACK PARENTS.
SO WHAT IF SHE RESEMBLES A GORILLA. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL IN THEIR OWN WAY.
I GUARANTEE IF A BLACK PERSON CALLED PALIN A WHITE GORILLA EVERYONE WOULD LAUGH AND IT WOULD BE DISMISSED AND NOT EVEN MENTIONED IN THE MEDIA.
JUST LOOK AT DAVID LETTERMANS COMMENT ABOUT PALINS DAUGHTER.
BARELY COVERED AND IT WAS BROADCAST TO MILLIONS.
ONE LITTLE EMAIL WITH NO WORDS ATTACHED JUST A PICTURE AND IMMEDIATELY IT IS RACIST.
MICHELLE SHOULD BE PROUD OF HER ANCESTORS AND SHOULD VISIT THE ZOO FOR A FAMILY REUNION.
Do you really expect any better for something this ugly? She obviously has self-esteem issues. That is the only explanation for an old woman to behave in such a manner. May God bless her because need help with her “ugly” from the inside out self.
I’m sorry to say this does not supprise me at all, however as a retired US Postmater, I find it strange this young woman was not repremanded or fired for using a Gov system.
I persobally hold the Senator responsible for the vile actions of her employee and the fact she did nothing, speaks volumes for why the employee though it was OK
Well I’m going to call and complain and ask for her dismissal. I found Goforth’s public office phone number. I don’t know the area, but I’ll find out. Her number is Goforth, Sherri Republican Caucus Chair/Senate 5 LP 741-1100 ext. 44782.
Interesting how hypocrisy and ignorance are in abundance.
First we have Goforth making a total idiot of herself and michellegorilla quickly following suit.
Why is Obama not Black? According to some law by a group of people a person with a 1/64th drop of blood (or what ever it is) black. So either the law, those who wrote and believe it are full of it or……………………………………….
“Michellegorilla,” no one cares what you people think anymore. You’re all low life scum with no real purpose in society except to unleash your idiocy and bring down the mean IQ of the entire nation. You’ve clearly done nothing in life to even justify your existence.
[...] Republican Aide to Tenn. State Senator, Sends Racist Email [...]
This incident points up a truly sad and ugly aspect of the GOP mindset here in Tennessee. That this senate staffer is given a slap on the wrist for a failed attempt at debasling OUR president, for jeopardizing the state’s Civil Rights Act compliance status, for violating the state’s own Civil Rights Act, for violating her own employment oath to uphold the nondiscrimination policy of her employment contract and the State of Tennessee, to flagrantly rebuke the service and sacrifice of ALL our military personnel who daily face separation, injury and death for the principles of liberty and freedom in these United States, it is not sufficient.
She violated state employment policies- personal conduct, misuse of state property and resources, violation of nondiscrimination policy, all of these offenses are grounds for dismissal. Let it be so.If not, then we should abandon any notion of ethics in state government, for surely it does not exist.
[...] Tennessee State Senate, Sherri Goforth, sent a racist email (the first post I found about it was here. If you click through, you’ll see the premise. It’s a picture of all the US Presidents [...]
Bigotry, hatred and stupidity know no party lines. This is kind of hatred and disrespect have no place in any form of government. The staffer should be fired immediately and the state senator voted out of office. I don’t agree with President Obama on much of anything. But he is my President, the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, and he deserves our respect. Furthermore, that respect must be demanded of all government employees.
In Defense of Ms Goforth:
The eMail Ms. Goforth dispatched is indefensible as is her poor excuse of sending it to the wrong list of people. Ms. Goforth used very poor judgment in sending the eMail to anyone or in thinking it was funny or entertaining.
In a sound bite it is easy to paint Ms. Goforth as a racist and a hater of the disadvantaged. Sherri is anything but a racist or a hater. If Sherri were known as the person she is, it would not be hard to understand why she was not fired.
I have known Sherri since 1968, the year she began her career in state government in Tennessee. I was so impressed by her, I employed her as my personal assistant for 13 years while she was not working in State government. I found Sherri to be a loving, loyal, compassionate, and intelligent person. I never saw her demonstrate anything but respect for everyone, regardless of their race. I know she goes out of her way to befriend people; I know she sees people as human beings. I know she has a heart for everyone. Sherri is not a racist; she is not a hater. She is not stupid.
Sherri has been married to the same man for over 40 years. Their family is an example for us all to admire and imitate. She and Steve have two adopted children, biological siblings, who were removed from their unfit biological parents by the State; the children were 9 and 10 at the time of adoption. The Goforths also have a special needs biological child with Downes Syndrome, now in her 30′s. A few years ago Steve quit his job to open a small take-out restaurant for Katie so she could become independent. Katie is the chef. The restaurant has been a big success. As a result Katie has made a name for herself; Sherri and Steve have given Katie a skill that will ensure her independence when they are gone. Katie is quite a remarkable person.
Sherri’s entire life has been one of hard work, endurance, sacrifice, and love. I never heard either Steve or Sherri complain about their circumstances. They focused on the challenge and the blessing. Sherri and Steve are supporters of the Special Olympics; they also work with parents of Downs children to see the blessing they have been given.
This unfortunate incident does not define Sherri Goforth. Sherri deserves another chance. Sherri truly has a heart for the whole world, without exception. We can all learn from this incident. We’ve all had lapses in good judgment. In the end, forgiveness always trumps castigation. We are all in this together.
As a visitor to Tennessee, I am absolutely appalled at your state. We vow to leave as quickly as our work assignment is done, and to spend as little money as possible here.
First, in Nashville two weeks ago, we heard a man make an “uppity nigger” comment.
Now, Gofoth’s amazingly-stupid “sent to the wrong list” excuse for her racism.
Third, michellegorilla above.
Fourth, Robert Baker (above) excuses Goforth’s obvious racism by asking us to pity (or forgive) her based on UNrelated issues.
Fifth, this article reminds me of the “Barack the Magic Negro” incident.
It’s just plain sad to be here, reading comments like Baker’s – comments that are so off-kilter to the situation that they’re almost as offensive as Ms Goforth’s email.
It’s obvious that State Senator Black’s office “doesn’t get it”, and that the culture within that office has bred the current situation.
I don’t expect Ms Goforth to be fired. After all, she reflects what we’ve seen here. I DO expect an apology from her, though. “Sent to the wrong list…” is just plain offensive.
And Mr Baker. You don’t get it, either.
Our northern stereotypes of you southerners being nothing but a bunch of ignorant crackers seem to be based in reality. Thank god I live up here.
Had this happened in any large corporation or government agency she would have been dismissed, it wouldn’t have mattered how long she had been employed there.
What an ugly, ugly woman, inside and outside.
You would think that in 2009 this type of thing would not happen! Racism is alive and well and I feel that with the election of President Obama it put the klansmen on front street. See before it was kept a little under wraps because white folks were running everything so they could hide under their sheets and it was okay! Let em talk and say what they want, because my President is cloaked by the protection of my God. It is nothing that you can do about it and you are showing everyone why the Republicans are no longer in office!!!!!!!!!!!
thank you michellegorilla! I live in New Jersey, right up against Trenton, and I’m white. Every day, *italicized* when I go to school, I have to watch what I say, never saying anything racist about black people or I could get raped or killed.
And white people have to deal with being called: dumb blondes, slutty cheerleaders, geeks in the chess club, nerds and dorks who actually do their schoolwork, “fags” who make out in the hallway(but the black “fags” are never mentioned), teachers who gave them an F for no good reason because they didn’t wanna do they’re homework, etc. These kids are so full of themselves, making comments about others, but not accepting comments about themselves. Oh, and anyone who reports it to the principal gets suspended: he’s black, too. -.-
Now, if anyone can’t see that this email is blown out of proportion, then you need to look at some truth. Black people aren’t magical beings who deserve to be treated special: they’re equal to everyone else, so they should get the same rights, and therefore, should knock this garbage off of flipping out over every little “racist” comment made.
Thank you Mia,
Once again all black people appear to be the same. Well keep in mind, other black teens like myself also experience what you report you feel on a daily basis. Born and raised in the south with other black people I was ridiculed for speaking proper english. So trust me when I say it is not a race thing. It is plain idiocy. You seem to be under the apprehension that names like: “slutty cheerleaders, geeks in the chess club, nerds and dorks who actually do their schoolwork, and fags” only correspond with one race. Well it doesn’t. What you are dealing with in school, will end for you when you graduate. But when you’re black it never ends, it follows you in the streets into your own home. I’m not justifying what happens to you at school as okay, because it is not. I hope it gets better for you. I’m simply saying that maybe you should think about people individually. Because we are not all the same . . . in many ways than one.
[...] encountered an account of a repulsively racist event here. I really don’t even know the proper words to express my reaction. I’m simply [...]
Folks, it is what it is – STUPIDITY – and in this WORLD it is apparent that it abounds-
You cannot fight the world – with words that are hurtful- even as a defense to something that is STUPID – Take the high road (yes again)
To the 2 teenagers in High School-I first heard this saying from Tyler Perry’s character Madea and it goes:
“It’s not what you are called- it’s what you answer to”
Define yourself, Purpose yourself to be great and there is no stopping you.
To all the prayer warriors there is much work to be done.
Love to ALL people.
How do I get on her E-mail list?
Caucasians are such hypocrites! No matter how bad anny president was in the past, you expect the American public to respect the office of the President. Now, since it is an African American that is the President, none of those rules applies. I will say to you the same thing that minorities have heard in America all their lives. If you don’t like living here anymore since you have a Black President, go back to your country of origin-England.
IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING!!!
Monarchs make laws for the laypeople, but set themselves above those same laws. Is not that the premise of why our “so-called” founding fathers rebelled against the British monarchy? If I remember correctly the government’s -and most all private companies – internet use policy states the unlawful use of email access to proliferate pornographic, harassing, derogatory or discriminatory material is grounds for IMMEDIATE TERMINATION ( at least in the private working sector it is ).
Mrs. Goforth did this; let alone within government boundaries to other government workers; but also about the president of our country – which is tantamount to doing this about the owner/CEO/president of a privately owned company. HOW AND WHY IS IT THAT SHE WAS NOT IMMEDIATELY FIRED OR EXPELLED FROM HER CONGRESSIONAL AIDE POSITION AND DUTIES?!?!?!
IT’S GOOD TO BE THE KING!!!
( Long Live the Klan )
American land belonged to Red Indians long before caucasians arrived. Then arrived blacks, then asians, hispanic, etc etc. America is not just somebodi’s property. People should understand it. People should be valued from their work and not from their color.
Nice picture of President Obama – What goes round comes around but remember it is free speech but if an “aide” thinks this is the best way of potraying the President of the “free world” in a global village – I rest my case.
You people hold public offices at the expense of the tax payey and as such more is expected of you. I see a President trying to unify a country and I see an opposition moving more towards the extreme right – I am not afraid of the consequences of the “negative” actions of the GOP and Fox – In my opinion they are sowing dangerous seeds which they will reap in due season
Well, African Americans have been faced with this type of evil since the beginning of time, it gets old after awhile. It is funny how that white people are always tanning to darken their skin tone. Why? If some peple, would channel their energy in a more productive nature thus allowing those that look different to live peaceably. However, this type of negative and derogatory behavior is both unnecessary and the epitome of evil. Also, it all boils down to JEALOUSY!!
African Americans have more melanin in their skin resulting in darker skin tones. White people are pink because they donot have melanin in their skin tone. God created mankind from the dust of the earth in other words we were created from red clay. The notion of people evolving from a monkey or a gorilla is utter nonsense. Get a life!
[...] the historical election of our first black president, Conservatives have become unhinged and have unleashed racial slurs against President Obama the likes this country has not witnessed [...]
people sooo………..tired of racists people god made all us if he wanted us white everybody will be white!!!!!!!! get a life
[...] is not the first time Tennessee has had problems showing blatant racism attacking our first black President Barack Obama and his family. Last June, Sherri Goforth a staffer [...]
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