April 18, 2011 2:00 PM
Davenport, a Tea Party member and elected official of the County Republican party, sent an email to fellow party members in which Mr. Obama’s head is pasted on the body of a baby ape. The image also depicts two adult apes wearing human clothing – presumably referencing Mr. Obama’s parents. “Now you know why no birth certificate,” reads the accompanying text.
Davenport later apologized to recipients of the email in the event that she had offended anyone with the image, and denied the implication that the depiction was racist.
“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.”
When contacted by a reporter about the incident, Davenport brushed off the incident.
“Oh, come on!” she told the Weekly. “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.”
NATURALLY, ONLY PEOPLE WHO THINK AND ACT MUCH LIKE HERSELF….MMM…RACISTS. I LOVE THE “I HAVE FRIENDS WHO ARE BLACK” LINE, ISN’T THAT THE CLASSIC RETORT?! ADDITIONALLY, MS.DAVENPORTS QUOTE, “I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama.” THIS SIMPLE STATEMENT MADE ME THINK ABOUT DR.MARTIN LUTHER KING’S “I HAVE A DREAM” SPEECH, WHEN HE ELOQUENTLY STATES THAT “I have a dream my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by content of their character” (pg.219) EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN PRESIDENT, THE MOST POWERFUL AND (hopefully, or at least often in the past) THE MOST RESPECTED INDIVIDUAL IN OUR COUNTRY, FOR THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE TODAY, WHITE SEES BLACK, AND BLACK SEES WHITE. THE “CONTENT OF OUR CHARACTER” IS NOT HOW WE ARE INITIALLY ‘JUDGED’. RACE IS STILL THE PREVAILING FACTOR!