California Orange County Republican party official Marilyn Davenport apologized Monday night to fellow party members for sending an email to “friends” that depicted President Obama as a baby chimpanzee with chimpanzee parents.
The outrage from the email that illustrated a “doctored” photo of three chimpanzees in the mode of “Poppa Chimp”, “Momma Chimp” and “Baby Chimp”, along with a caption that read, “Now you know why no birth certificate,” has again sparked a debate on hate and racism in America. The extremely racist photo superimposes a clipped picture of President Obama’s head and face over the body of a baby chimpanzee.
Davenport’s email was immediately denounced by Orange County Republican Chairman Scott Baugh as being offensive and racist.
Baugh said he was disgusted when he received the email and immediately scolded her for it.
“I was shocked. I took offense to it and I immediately replied to her email that this is dripping with racism. Don’t send email like this,” Baugh said. “I was the first to ask her to resign and she’s resisted that.”
The GOP chairman said Davenport has not responded to his emailed reply.
Incredibly, the 74 year-old Davenport defiantly uses ignorance and a warped sense of humor as being the catalyst for circulating the tasteless and offensive email.
“I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth,” she wrote in an email. “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,” she added. “I received plenty of emails about former president George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them.”
In fact Davenport was quoted telling a reporter from the Orange County Weekly the email she sent was not racist.
“You’re not going to make a big deal about this, are you? Oh, come on!” she said. “Everybody who knows me knows I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are Black.”
However, feeling the pressure from fellow Republicans to appear contrite, Davenport later gave a “half apology” to recipients of the email by stating that she was sorry if she “offended” anyone.
Although Orange County Republican Chairman Scott Baugh has (1) called for the “clueless” GOP official to resign her position and (2) called for an investigation into the origin of the email, Davenport refuses to resign.
“I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing,” she wrote in her follow-up email.
First things first, “apology not accepted”. The Republican Party has long lost its once honorable distinction of being called the “Party of Lincoln”. Once known as a party that advocated personal freedoms and civil rights, the late 1950s and 1960s witnessed a mass migration of Southern Dixiecrats from the Democratic Party to the Republican Party.
Dixiecrats that were opposed to the Civil Rights Movement, ending racial discrimination and the passing of Lyndon Johnson’s Medicare, and Medicaid programs “jumped ship” to the Republican Party and began calling themselves conservatives.
Birthers are in reality the “rebirth” of the Communist conspiracy driven John Birch Society and a slew of other factions that are intertwined with anti-government, anti-union and anti-social movements. A strong racist theme that’s nurtured by members of these hate groups and disseminated via the internet has now overtaken the GOP’s image in the mind of many moderate American.
California Orange County Republican party official Marilyn Davenport is old enough to remember the craziness of the John Birch Society and the ugly racism generated and spewed by similar hate groups that fought against equality and tolerance.
Let’s not be fooled America, their message of hate and intolerance has not changed. Davenport’s inexcusable act of depicting the President of the United States as a primate – an old and cultivated portrayal of Blacks by racists– along with her half-apology should serve as the spark that ignites anger against racism. Has anyone noticed how the referral of President Obama as simply “Obama” is increasingly more prevalent by haters that try to “erase” any reference of respect when referring to the President? Listen closely America. It’s “Obama this” and “Obama that”. Birthers and supporters of Birthers are in complete denial of his 2008 Presidential victory.
Racists that disguise themselves as conservative politicial pundits and candidates will not refer to President Obama as “President” for the same reason their parents and their grandparents / great grandparents would not refer to grown Black men as “Mr.”; to call a Black man by the title “Mister” would be rendering too much respect. So, instead of saying hello to “Mr. Robinson”, they referred to Mr. Robinson as either “boy” or “uncle”.
Who over 40 doesn’t remember Disney’s “Uncle Remus”? Zip a dee do-dah my arse, let’s starting referring to President Obama as “President”.
In closing Davenport should be fired as an elected official and left to retire to the sanctity of her own private inner world, a place where people who think like her live and interact with immunity from their racist ideology and racist actions. Davenport is not only an embarrassment to the GOP but also an embarrassment to all Americans that detest bigotry and live by the Declaration of Independence’s decree that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal”.
As always, the New Orleans Examiner is interested in what you think, is Davenport an undercover racist? And as an elected official, should she be fired for blatantly disrespecting the President of the United States, especially during time of war? Inquiring minds want to know. Sound off.
Until next time Louisianans, Good Day, God Bless and Good Fishing.