Republican Official Sends Racist Pictures of President Obama

This clearly racist photo was sent by Marilyn Davenport – an elected member of the central committee of the Republican Party of Orange County and Tea Party activist with the caption “Now you know why – no birth certificate!” Davenport insists it is not racist, just humorous.

The picture was sent in an email from Davenport, who expressed surprise that it offended people. She said “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.”

To their credit, various Republican leaders have denounced the picture. She, however, remains on the Central Committee and GOP officials have expressed doubt over the ability to remove her under their bylaws. I find it odd that a political organization cannot remove someone who has espoused racist or hateful views to the embarrassment of the Republican Party.

Source: NY Daily News

100 thoughts on “Republican Official Sends Racist Pictures of President Obama

  1. BIL: There is no doubt this e-mail was made with bad intent.

    Mike S: The E mail was racist beyond doubt and dispute. Anyone who would deny this is stupid, disingenuous and/or racist themselves.

    Yep. Sometimes one group or another drums up a charge of racism based on ambiguous statements or actions. This is not that. This is just straight up racist.

  2. In my life, there is only one “human race” which is the diversely colored race, and I accept the DNA evidence of all present humans having as ancestors only a few hundred people some tens of thousands of years ago as highly plausible.

    Therefore, I do not find “racism” to actually be about clusters of similarly-appearing people. Rather, I find “racism” to be about people whose life experiences have led to a divided personality structure (rather as described by R. D. Laing, in, “The Divided Self”?); and the projection of divided selfhood onto other people.

    Were I to have self hatred which was so strong as to be unbearably painful, methinks I would be unable to not harbor so-called “racial prejudice.”

    If, however, “racial prejudice” is really self-prejudice dumped on an apparently vulnerable scapegoat, then the whole panoply of prejudice I have observed, especially the prejudice(s) of divisive political party opposition hatred, might make some sort of sadly tragic sense to me.

    What if Laing was substantially correct in observing and describing division of self as the core of social divisiveness? Is not self-hatred a terrible form of addictive displacement?

    Sorry (to those who worship divisiveness), I have never been able to effectively learn hatred of any sort. I cannot even hate hatred or hateful human conduct.

    How do I evade hatred? By observing that whatever happens, as it happens, is both necessary and sufficient because it is what happens and what does not happen, as it does not happen, is unnecessary and impossible because it does not happen.

    Thus, with me, everything happens in the best possible way which is also the worst possible way because, by not making judgments as to better/worse, I end up with what happens happening, as it happens, in the possible way and not otherwise.

    In 1986, I underwent multiple surgeries in an effort to prevent cancer (from which my dad and brother died) in consequence of the genetic condition, familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP). Something like 25 years later, one such surgery may have led to some medical complications, the treatment of which has resulted, so far, in my being in outpatient treatment four times since Sunday morning, with another medical appointment tomorrow, and more to follow as indicated by what happens as it happens.

    Three different antibiotics have been used thus far; the complication may have facilitated a form of cellulitis which, if untreated, might become very serious or worse.

    The last time I checked carefully, the life expectancy for s person born with FAP was around 42 years. I am a member of an Internet group of people who have varieties of FAP expression.

    I have known people with FAP who deemed it as though a curse. Not me, though. For me, life happens, and I adapt to life as I am able to adapt, and I only learn of my ability to adapt by adapting.

    What if there is a super-bug on the horizon, one which will kill everyone who does not have FAP? Absurd? That would be my guess.

    However, there is sickle cell, such that, in areas where malaria is prevalent, people with one sickle cell gene tend to survive in spite of malaria, people with no sickle cell genes tend to die rather young from malaria, and people with two sickle cell genes tend to die young from sickle cell “disease.” Yet, is it really a disease if it allowed people to live, with 50 percent survival, where people otherwise could not live?

    Perhaps the real dis-ease is dis-comfort with the biological (and thus social and personal) diversity which has been necessary for humans to exist.

    What causes hatred?

    What will end hatred?

  3. J. Brian Harris, Ph.D., P.E.:

    “What causes hatred?”

    IGNORANCE!!

    “What will end hatred?”

    KNOWLEDGE!!!

  4. i think it was very dumb & racist , regardless republican democrats or whatever what kind of an example we r setting to the future generation, shame on her , she should have placed bush,s face on this photo he,s the dummest of all , at least obama is trying he,s decent & we like him, backoff you stupid bitch

  5. Racist Obama Email: Marilyn Davenport Insists It Was Satire
    By GILLIAN FLACCUS 04/20/11
    Huffington Post, 4/20/2011
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/20/racist-obama-email-marilyn-davenport_n_851772.html

    Excerpt:
    FULLERTON, Calif. — A Southern California GOP official who sent an email depicting President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee said Wednesday she considered the email political satire – not racist – and would not step down, even as local party leaders called for her resignation and launched an ethics investigation.

    Speaking publicly for the first time outside her Fullerton home, Marilyn Davenport read from a written apology she first issued two days ago and said her constituents were urging her not to resign her position on the Republican Party’s Orange County Central Committee.

    The press conference came as Obama arrived in San Francisco for a three-day visit that will also bring the president to Los Angeles on Thursday for a fundraising event.

    “I feel that it was inappropriate and I offended people,” Davenport said, flanked by her husband and by longtime GOP activist Tim Whitacre, who organized the press event.

    “I think it’s only racist when the intent in my heart is to make it that way, and that was not the intent in my heart,” she said.

    Davenport, who is serving her fourth two-year term, acknowledged that she didn’t send the email to some friends because she felt they would be offended. She added, however, that she only saw the image as political satire about “all that’s going on with (Obama’s) birth certificate.”

  6. “I think it’s only racist when the intent in my heart is to make it that way, and that was not the intent in my heart,” she said.”

    ==========================================

    Having a heart is quite an assumption on her part.

  7. “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me”
    as everyone knows this statement is one of incontrovertible truth.

    “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me”
    As every one knows this statement is arrant nonsense.

    Insults work by association, to insult someone effectively one needs a statement that awakes in the target memories of shame and humiliation, that rubs the targets nose in the extent that God hates him/her or people like him/her. Unfortunately when it comes to an insult contest between members of the privileged white community and members of any of the dark skinned communities who are subject to racial discrimination there is a disparity in the caliber of ammunition available. For example, when I white man uses the N word against a black person, he reminds his target of slavery, of lynching and of the likelihood that if the police accidentally shoot him dead mistaking him for a dangerous armed felon when he reaches for his wallet they will suffer no legal repercussions. Depending on the black targets personal and family experience and his knowledge of the experiences of others in his community, the N word will raise the blood pressure, generate at least anxiety and in some cases actual fear. If the black person responds by calling the white name caller a honkey, this intended insult will be like responding to a cannon blast with a pea shooter. Most white people do not have the personal knowledge of discrimination against them or even handed down ancestral stories of discrimination that would raise negative associations and cause anxiety, rage or embarrassment.

    Since stereotyping Blacks as monkeys or apes has long been the practice of racists many Blacks and maybe Obama himself would be justifiably offended, whereas comparing George Bush who has never faced other than positive discrimination to a chimpanzee is unlikely to hurt either Bush or most other white men.

    However we had better keep from the the chimpanzees that we have ever compared them to George W Bush, as if the knew they would be justifiably outraged.

  8. RE: eniobob, April 20, 2011 at 4:07 pm

    J. Brian Harris, Ph.D., P.E.:

    “What causes hatred?”

    IGNORANCE!!

    “What will end hatred?”

    KNOWLEDGE!!!

    ######################################

    Only:

    The more ignorant a person is regarding the ways of hatred, the less hateful a person will be?

    The more knowledgeable a person is regarding the ways of hatred, the more hateful the person will be?

    Depending on what it is of which a person is ignorant, a person may become more or may become less hateful!

    Depending on what it is which a person knows, a person may become more or may become less hateful!

    Therefore, ignorance as such cannot be the cause of hatred nor can knowledge as such bring about the end hatred.

    Let me try again:

    Ignorance alone, as shown above, does not necessarily cause hatred…
    What actually, demonstrably, necessarily, causes hatred?

    Knowledge alone, as shown above, does not necessarily end hatred…
    What will actually, demonstrably, necessarily, end hatred?

  9. J. Brian Harris, Ph.D., P.E.

    “Let me try again:”

    “Ignorance alone, as shown above, does not necessarily cause hatred…
    What actually, demonstrably, necessarily, causes hatred”

    Not knowing right from wrong:Ignorance

    “Knowledge alone, as shown above, does not necessarily end hatred…
    What will actually, demonstrably, necessarily, end hatred”

    Knowing right from wrong:Knowledge

    Your’e either one or the other regarding any subject.

  10. RE: eniobob, April 23, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    J. Brian Harris, Ph.D., P.E.

    “Let me try again:”

    “Ignorance alone, as shown above, does not necessarily cause hatred…
    What actually, demonstrably, necessarily, causes hatred”

    Not knowing right from wrong:Ignorance

    “Knowledge alone, as shown above, does not necessarily end hatred…
    What will actually, demonstrably, necessarily, end hatred”

    Knowing right from wrong:Knowledge

    Your’e either one or the other regarding any subject.

    ######################################

    Sorry, I am obviously a slow learner.

    If I have certain knowledge that I am ignorant of some things, then I have certain knowledge and will therefore not be ignorant of what I am ignorant of?

    My ignorance is easy to demonstrate. Suppose the question is whether or not the New York Mills Philharmonic beat the Carleton Knights in the Stanley Steamer playoffs in 1849, or vice versa. What is the right, knowledgable, answer to that question, since it is either the New York Mills Philharmonic which won and the Carleton Knights which lost or the Carleton Knights who won and the New York Mills Philharmonic which lost. It has to be one or the other.

    If I claim that there were no such playoffs, I am only guessing, because I was not there during the playoffs, and I would have to have been there to know that they did not happen. Since I am ignorant of any proof that they did not happen, and I do not know whether the New York Mills Philharmonic or the Carleton Knights won, I am ignorant and am, by definition, a hateful person because I am not totally without ignorance.

    Fortunately, there is no such thing as a false dichotomy. Fortunately, questions cannot be begged.
    Fortunately, there is no fallacy of assuming the consequent.
    Fortunately, there are no errors of attribution.
    Fortunately, the night sky is bright because there is light.

    To have any knowledge about a given subject, I can have no ignorance about said subject; so, for any given subject, if I know anything about it, I necessarily know everything about it.

    Wow!

    So, if I know that I have only partial knowledge regarding some subject and therefore also have partial ignorance about about said subject, I am wrong because I cannot have both partial knowledge and partial ignorance about subject.

    Only, that seems wrong to me; therefore it cannot seem wrong to me, because I cannot know that I am wrong about some subject because, if I am wrong, I cannot have knowledge of being wrong because I must needs be ignorant because I am wrong.

    Let me try some simple arithmetic.

    2 + 3 = 5
    5 + 2 = 7
    7 + 5 = 14
    7 + 7 = 16
    10 + 3 = 13
    10 + 7 = 17

    If I claim that I have done the arithmetic correctly, is my claim right or wrong, as it cannot be both?

  11. RE: J. Brian Harris, Ph.D., P.E., April 24, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Let me try some simple arithmetic.

    2 + 3 = 5
    5 + 2 = 7
    7 + 5 = 14
    7 + 7 = 16
    10 + 3 = 13
    10 + 7 = 17

    If I claim that I have done the arithmetic correctly, is my claim right or wrong, as it cannot be both?

    ##################################

    All six equations are done in octal (base 8) arithmetic, for those who believe only in decimal arithmetic…

    In octal, which of the above six equations is/are incorrect?

  12. RE: J. Brian Harris, Ph.D., P.E., April 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Got snagged by an unanticipated emoticon.

    Corrected:

    All six equations are done in octal (base eight) arithmetic, for those who believe only in decimal arithmetic…

    I only make mistakes…

  13. THE TRUTH

    The truth former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is down having to defend the worse President in American history! She has to also defend her stupid statement of the pass!
    The truth is former President G. W. Bush administration operated under revenge and hatred of Muslim! Hatred and dividing the country was the Bush theme! President Obama administration operated under intelligent and justice for America. Especially the victims of 9/11! President Obama theme is unity and America first! Republican so don’t want to give President Obama credit for capturing and killing Bin Laden. Without sharing that credit with former President G.W. Bush! Bush supporters want the American citizen and the world to believe that because of waterboarding in 2001 ! Bush got information that would have led to the capture and killing of Bin Laden in 2011! Bush administration then did NOTHING! He also didn’t have belief in the military ability that President Obama did! Bush also didn’t have the intelligent to organize a attack or strategic. To bring about the accomplishment President Obama did! Instead Bush started a unnecessary war in Iraq. Only adding to the accomplishment of Bin Laden on 9/11! 3,000 plus dead on 9/11 by Bin Laden. Bush added to Bin Laden numbers 4,400 dead American in Iraq! Bush delayed the necessary war in Afghanistan! A war under Bush with no plan or direction! The truth at best former President G.W. Bush! Was incompetent and the worse President in American history! The truth is that waterboarding did not contribute to the 2011 capture and killing of Bin Laden! The truth is 13 trillion dollar debt under Bush. Did nothing to secure the country militarily or financially. The truth day one of President Obama’s presidency America media especially Fox News! Have did nothing but attacked and lied on President Obama administration! Self made up scandal without any merit is the rule against President Obama! The truth today other country have refuse G.W. Bush entry into their country. They see him as a war criminal! The truth is President G.W. Bush and many in his administration should be in prison! THAT IS THE TRUTH!!!!

  14. Obama is a fucking monkey pure and simple.It’s a fact niggers come from monkeys and evolution.White people come from Adam and Eve and god.Only white is right.

  15. Davenport needs her ass kicked. Mybig Johnson seems to be Davenport’s inbred son. Two reprobates living a hellish life…begging for company. Keep walking that miserable trail…you deserve what you are damned to. I hope you never open your eyes and that your heart stays hardened. You don’t deserve to enjoy life.

  16. Apparently no one has heard of “Lucy”… Nothing racist… But Dem’s think its okay to fly a flag with his face pictured on it, with the U.S.Flag on same pole…

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