Tuesday, April 19, 2011

President of the Planet of the Apes?
Marilyn Davenport even turns some GOP Stomachs

I've been doing a little bit of research for this weeks MWMB podcast. I came across a story that was definitely "Blog Worthy"....

An elected member of the Orange County, CA Republican party has come under fire for circulating an email which shows a picture of Barack Obama’s face stuck on to the body of a baby chimpanzee. The caption read… “now you know why….no birth certificate”.

I'm not posting it on Rip and Read because I won't have it here. However, because some things need to be seen to be believed, I'll let you look it up yourself if you are so inclined. Click this link for a Google Image Search

After the email was exposed, to be fair, other Republicans in OC called on Marilyn Davenport to resign, something she has not yet done.

According to ABC,
Ms. Davenport, who was elected as part of the Tea Party Movement, said QUOTE: “We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn't particularly like, yet there was no 'cry' in the media about them."

Now, that’s true, but there IS a HUGE difference… George W. Bush is the son of a rich white president and the grandson of a rich white senator…in short, he is the scion of one of America’s wealthy families. In America, we don’t have a long tradition of using brutal cartoons to keep our underprivileged rich people down and out. We haven’t depicted them as apes or shown them running around Palm Beach as witch doctors with bones in their noses… However, as a nation, we have done ALL these things to African Americans within LIVING MEMORY. It almost defies belief that ANYONE could be ignorant of this basic truth about the brutal underside American culture. If you ARE that ignorant, then you are almost criminally stupid...and I, for one, do not believe it. I think that anyone who uses this kind of symbolism, and then backs away when caught claiming: "no racist intent" is, to put it bluntly, a liar.

Speaking of Crazy Birthers, according to a new poll by Public Policy Polling says that 51 percent of GOP Primary voters don't believe that the President was born in the country...despite the fact that his birth certificate is a now a mater of public record. Among those who believe Obama to be an Arab plant... the choice is clear, they want Huckabee to be their next President. Almost makes Mitt Romney look good, doesn't it?


Unknown said...

Offensive? Maybe to some folks. If you're really going for offensive, try the Obama dildo out for size. http://headostate.com/

Are both examples protected speech? Definitely. Thankfully we have the first amendment to protect everybody's right to make complete jerks of themselves.

I've got to agree with Davenport that there's a double standard in our excessively PC culture these days. Any minority? Oh we don't dare offend them! Rich white guy? He's fair game. Open fire!

Equal rights should mean just that. Equal standards that apply to everybody.

Ron Paul said...

Remember when the GOP stood for balanced budgets, individual freedom and isolationism.
The Republican Party has run up these deficits, we want the federal government to be in our bedrooms and between our women and their doctors, we started two wars instead of ending them like the Korean War and were supposed to stop the Vietnam War the Democrats started. We have lost our way!

So why waste our time with these fools who use their racist rhetoric, like this Marilyn Davenport and Donald Trump with his birther unproven myth, why do we allow our Fox news people to keep talking down our country. Don’t they know we can win the next election with optimism and hope instead of the current rhetoric, that the sky is falling, if we are not careful we will end up like chicken little where no one will listen to us.

Anonymous said...

@Astute- I'm sorry, but if you don't see why we NEED a double standard on this stuff, then I'd say you've missed the last two centuries of caricature. I, for one, remember SEEING on TV, the old Warner Bros. (I was in Tennessee, these were locally syndicated, not national)Cartoons that depicted black people as monkey-like subhumans. That's been part of our American culture a LONG time...and Ms. Davenport has proved that it's alive and well...so obviously, we still have work to do.

You say that it's free speech. I agree. But just because your free to speak your mind, doesn't mean you don't have to take the consequences. In the case of an elected official, someone who should be "setting the tone"...the consequence should be fierce criticism and strong pressure to resign.

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Anonymous said...

@ Ron Paul--

I would love to see the Republican party come to something resembling sense... not sure that's going to happen, however.

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