Republican Official Doesn’t Even Know What She Did was Racist

April 18, 2011

As many of you have probably heard, Marilyn Davenport, an Orange County Republican Official, sent out a racist email with Obama‘s head photo-shopped onto a chimpanzee. Many republicans condemned it, but what I find more interesting is Mrs. Davenports reaction. She takes almost no responsibility for it.

“I’m sorry if my email offended anyone,” she wrote, according to the OC Weekly. “I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth.”

This is kind of a non-denial denial. She’s doesn’t say she is sorry she sent the email, she’s sorry if she offended anybody. Obama‘s origin of birth is Hawaii and the only people who are still confused are those who think the magazines at the checkout counter are real.

Davenport wrote she hadn’t considered that Obama is “half black.”

How do you get to be a a Central Committee member for the Orange County, California Republican party and not know that our president is biracial. My guess is deep pockets, not brain power.

Three quick facts about Orange County. Percentage of Blacks living in Orange County in 2009, two percent. Median value of owner-occupied housing units in 2000, $270,000. Median household income in 2008, $74,862.

The GOP committeewoman then blamed the “media” for trying to make a big deal out of the racist e-mail, insisting that the “average person knows and agrees is much ado about nothing.”

Two questions. One, if your email was not a big deal, why did you apologize for it. Two, living in Orange County have you actually met an average person.

Davenport has since sought to hunt down the “cowardly” person who leaked the e-mail, said Republican Party of Orange County chairman Scott Baugh, who was one of the original people who received the “highly inappropriate” Obama e-mail.

What you call cowardly, I call brave. Of course she is not going to quit over “this matter.” She barely understands there is a matter.

In the past, Davenport has also defended a Republican Mayor for emailing a picture that had watermelons in front of the White House and a city councilman who made disparaging remarks about Hispanics.

I know the vast majority of republicans find the email racist and believe Davenport should resign.

Still, next time you see a picture of republicans, count the people of color. No wonder the GOP has difficulty attracting minorities. Too many republicans have a convoluted idea of what constitutes an American.

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Marilyn Davenport, Republican official in California, didn’t think Obama as chimp e-mail was racist

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5 Responses to Republican Official Doesn’t Even Know What She Did was Racist

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    I do not think the Bush pictures as a chimp were particularly funny. Still, I think you are mixing apples and oranges. Bush was made to look like a chimp as a reference to his intelligence. Some people thought he had little. That is totally different than the historically racist version of blacks being depicted as monkeys. It furthered the stereotype that African-Americans were less than human and therefore deserved the treatment they received.

    • Obamas intelligence is up for question every bit as much as any presidents has been. It’s a double standard, one of those sad examples of how people seem to think that hatred only flows one way. Regardless of the intent, if bush has been black people would have been screaming for blood the first time those pictures were released and we all know it. Saying it’s not racism because bush was white is an ostrich sort of move, burying your head in the sand doesn’t make the problem go away.

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    Maybe it’s about time people demanding equality stop seeing everything according to skin color. Racism goes both ways. People can be idiots, no racial group, no economic class, no sexual orientation, no religious order, nobody has a monopoly on that one. Why continue to attempt to divide people?

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    oh yeah, and where was the outrage over the pictures of president bush done up as a chimp? equality my ass.

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    Thanks for commenting. You go off on these rants about Democrats and how they have been crooked. I agree. If proven, they should resign and be taken to court if justified.

    Although an article from the Christian Broadcasting Corporation listing the foibles of Democrats is not surprising since they are a major part of the right wing spin machine. Still, both side are guilty.

    But, what does that have to do with a racist cartoon? The Counties GOP leader Scott Baugh considered it, “dripping with racism and in very poor taste.” He wants her to resign from her elected post on the county’s central committee. If Bush were black there would have been an outrage as well. Because the cartoon would have been perpetuating a stereotype that has been used as a weapon against blacks. There was no outrage about the Bush chimp cartoons because no one was outraged. It didn’t fit the stereotype.

    But you continue to miss the point of the post. She thought it was funny and couldn’t understand all the fuss. Other republicans did as one by one they denounced or ran away from it. Are you defending her?

    Sandy Banks had it right in the LA Times.

    Orange County woman’s Obama-chimpanzee email wasn’t just a political swipe, or a single thoughtless moment. It reflects a demeaning mindset, a collective confirmation of stereotypes, openly shared.

    Marilyn Davenport might be a racist. Or a moron. Or just a dotty old lady with a warped sense of humor, and a scant understanding of history.

    I guess that’s what happens when you grow up in the bubble of the OC.

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