GOP Birther Official Defends Racist Obama-as-Chimp ‘Joke’ Email, Won’t Resign
April 18, 2011
(ChattahBox Political News)—It isn’t the first, and it won’t be the last time, a racist degrades black people by comparing them to monkeys. In the repugnant mind of a racist, people of color are not much different from animals. Since the historical election of Barak Obama, our first black president, the tea party crazed-birther Republicans have let their racist freak flag fly. If they are not forwarding derogatory racist emails attacking President Obama and his family, they are wrapping themselves in birther conspiracies that portray Obama as the “other.” This time, the offending email comes from birther teapartier Marilyn Davenport, an elected Republican official from Orange County, California. She distributed a photo of a chimp family, with Obama’s face Photoshopped over the chimp child, with the text, “Now you know why — No birth certificate.” Haha, get it? President Obama supposedly doesn’t have a birth certificate because he was born in the African jungle to chimp parents. This odious excuse for a human being refuses to resign for sending the offensive email. She is desperately trying to pass it off as a “joke” and “much to do about nothing,” while she also claims to be the victim of the “liberal media.” And get this, Davenport says she’s not racist, because she has “friends who are black.” Isn’t that what all racists say?
The OC Weekly first reported on Davenport’s chimp email and her doubling down on her insistence it was just a “joke.”
“Reached by telephone and asked if she thought the email was appropriate, Davenport said, “Oh, come on! 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.”‘
Orange County Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh condemned Davenport’s email, as “dripping with racism,” and he has called on her to resign. But Davenport is standing firm. She issued a standard non-apology to the OC Republican Party, saying she was sorry “if anyone was offended.” And Davenport proceeded to blame the media, while refusing to resign over a “joke.”
Below is Davenport’s non-apology apology:
“I’m sorry if my email offended anyone. I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. 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. We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them. One only has to go to Youtube or Google Images to see a plethora or lampooning videos and pictures of Obama, Bush and other politicians. That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing. Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was not meant for you. For any of my friends or acquaintances who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended, please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you.”
The OC Weekly points out this is not the first time Orange County Republicans have drawn condemnation for racism directed towards President Obama. After Obama’s election, Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose marked the occasion by emailing a photo depicting watermelons growing on the front lawn of the of the White House. Grose later resigned.
Photo Credit: OC Weekly.