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More Republican Racism Revealed -- Tennessee

On the heels of a South Carolina GOP operative's racist remark a few days ago we now have an email sent out under the banner of being paid for by the Tennessee Republican Party which depicts President Barack Obama as two white eyes peering out of a black background:


Obama's image is in the last square of a collage containing portraits of the previous 43 U.S. presidents. The e-mail, which was sent to other GOP staff members, was posted on the Internet Monday.

Sherri Goforth, an administrative assistant to state Sen. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, has admitted she sent the e-mail May 28 with the title "Historical Keepsake Photo." She said, without elaborating, that she mistakenly sent it "to the wrong list of people."

According to the Tennessean, a Nashville newspaper, a note on the e-mail said it was paid for by the Tennessee Republican Party, but GOP officials denied they produced it. Black leads the Tennessee Senate Republican Caucus.

There was no comment from the White House as of Tuesday afternoon.

Black rebuked Goforth but didn't dismiss her.

"I want to be sure that everyone understands that the communication was sent without my knowledge," Black said Tuesday afternoon. "It absolutely does not represent the beliefs or opinions of my office. I want to be very clear about that."

And yet Goforth stays in her job?

"Is this indicative of what Senate Republicans think about our commander-in-chief?" asked state Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester in a statement posted on the party's Web site.

"I am calling on Sen. Black to reject this racist smear and fire this staffer who, on state government time, on state government computers, using a state government e-mail account, launched this bigoted attack on our president," Forrester said. "Keeping her on the staff would send the message that this type of behavior is condoned by the Senate Republican Caucus."

"This e-mail is reprehensible, insults the office of the president, and is embarrassing to all Tennesseans regardless of political party," Forrester said.

Goforth told Christian Grantham of the Web site Nashville Is Talking that she had received a letter of reprimand from her superiors but will remain on the job.

Grantham said Goforth told him she felt "very bad about accidentally sending it to the wrong list" of people. "I inadvertently hit the wrong button," Grantham quoted Goforth as saying. "I'm very sick about it, and it's one of those things I can't change or take back."

Forrester, in his Web posting, said, "Ms. Goforth does not seem to understand what she did wrong. She has apologized for 'sending [the e-mail] to the wrong list of people.' I believe that any list of people would have recognized this e-mail as offensive and hateful."

State Rep. Johnny Shaw, D-Bolivar, a member of the black and Democratic caucuses, said Goforth should be dismissed.

"I don't think a reprimand is enough. I think this lady needs to go. I don't think she should be a part of the people who represent the state of Tennessee," Shaw said.

The Republican Party is sending a very clear message -- that racism is acceptable as long as it's kept hidden from the press.

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Comments (13)


Republicans racists? WTF, are you kidding me?

Do they even hate that cross-eyed Republican brother that is on Hardball sometimes?

Paul Hooson:

The sad thing about this is that many in the Republican Party such as former Presidents Bush have long moved past racism, but a few others in the party have not. When the last President Bush hoped to promote a middle ground on the illegal immigration issue, some in the party took a hardcore line against these poor immigrants, who were often economic refugees from the effects of NAFTA reducing farm wages in Mexico or elsewhere.

The Republican Party has never nominated a Catholic for President. So the chances of a Jew, Mormon, Hispanic or African American seem to also be limited in this party as well. Michael Steele largely was only voted RNC head as a ploy to counter President Obama and for the party to look more moderate than it really is. That fact is unfortunate.

More and more this party has become the home of the White hard right and of White extreme religious Protestants, leaving everyone else out. General Powell has expressed sentiments that he would like see his party become more centrist, but was denounced by the hard right for these statements because many want to see a small tent party.

Mac Lorry:

What people don't get is that you can call a heterosexual Christian white man anything you want and it only applies to the individual, not his sexuality, religion, race or gender. Thus, Bush and every other President can be called anything and it's seen as an attack on a political opponent and protected as free speech even it it's a hateful comment.

The problem is that only hetrosexual Christian white men are non-representative of there sexuality, religion, race and gender. All other individuals are linked to their sexuality, religion, race and gender and in criticizing them one runs the risk of being labeled homophobic, religious bigot, racist, or sexist. While Obama is a heterosexual Christian man he's not white, and thus, any criticism of him is automatically interpreted by some as an attack on his race even if it's about taxes (AKA Tea Parties).

Republicans need to be keenly aware that they will be linked to racism by their political opponents at every opportunity. There's no room for private or inside jokes as there's no such thing as privacy anymore. Goforth should be fired as an warning to others that the stakes are too high to allow foolish behavior to distract from real issues. Besides, the same point could have been made by showing all the former presidents as brown, green, or blue eyes on a white background and Obama shown normally. It would be just as funny, but not racist as white men don't represent their race.

On the 2010 census form hetrosexual Christian white men should answer questions about their sexuality, religion, race and gender as none, none, none, and none.

Rich Fader:

Okay, I'm looking at that graphic and I'm trying to see the racism...nope, sorry, can't do it. I just keep hearing Kennedy "Rockwell" Gordy singing "I always feel like somebody's watching meeeeeee..."

Rich Fader:

Correction: Kennedy Gordy might have been singing a lot of that song, but the lead guy on the chorus was an old Gordy family friend and colleague by the name of Michael Jackson.

I'm still not getting where the racism comes in.


Those eyes?

It's the money those Presidents could be saving with GEICO.

("I always feel like somebody's watching me!")

Lee Ward:

Nice to see more Republicans excusing racism.

"What people don't get is that you can call a heterosexual Christian white man anything you want and it only applies to the individual, not his sexuality, religion, race or gender."

MacLorry accurately pins down one of the roots of racism in America. The rage of the low IQ whites who get angry and see injustice at the seeming disparities. You can call Bush a chimp -- but call Michelle Obama a gorilla and its racism?

Yes, it is, as is the graphic above. But racists don't see it that way.

That doesn't mean they aren't racist -- just that they're too stupid to realize it. Right wing media capitalizes on their stupidity and base racist attitudes, and uses their ignorance to keep them in their audience.

Meanwhile, the real hard-core racists such as the person who mailed out this graphic find support for their racism in this same audience of droolers and easily-led right wing ideologues who hate our liberal black president so much they'll support and excuse racism..


damn, lee. while i agree that the picture is in poor taste and inappropriate, your rant about "low IQ whites" is just pure racist hate.

because somebody thinks there is a lot of hyprocracy in race discussions, that makes them stupid? and a racist? you can be so blinded by your own attitudes and preconceptions sometimes.

Rich Fader:

I'm against racism. I just don't define racism as "anything any random leftist idiot calls racist".

You know, when the Wizbang net was down, I almost suggested they leave you guys down, or at least make you turn into a cars and music blog. Watching you try to make serious political points is like...well, imagine Edward Scissorhands trying to fap himself. Yes, it's that harrowing. (And you're welcome for that mental image.)


you're a bastard, rich. now i gotta go find the bleach for my poor brain cells.

Lee Ward:

take a magnifying glass, ke - and you can use it on Rich when you're done.

I'm not surprised you bigots are apologizing for this blatant example of Republican racism -- in fact, I count on that reaction - I encourage it...


ooohhh, that hurts, lee. especially coming from you.

could you please point out where i, in any way, apologize for any racism what so ever? all i did was point so logical flaws in things you were spewing.

oh wait, i'm republican, therefore in your ideologically-blinded "logic" i'm a racist. and i excuse and apologize for every other racist. and all those racist are republicans. because only republicans can be racists.



Its just as racist as the collage of boosh being portrayed as a chimp a simp and a stuffed animal simian..

Hilarious. You need some serious growing up if you let people push your buttons so easily.


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