The Right Wing California Republican Tea Party Grandma, who e-mailed a racist “family photo” of President Obama because she thought it was funny, has offered up a second apology.
But, she didn’t deliver it in person at the Orange County Republican Committee Monday night because she said she feared for her life, so, instead, Miss Davenport delivered her second apology through a statement read by fellow racist Tim Whitacre, who has defended Davenport’s e-mail.
Davenport said, “To my fellow Americans and to everyone else who has seen this e-mail I forwarded and was offended by my action, I humbly apologize and ask for your forgiveness of my unwise behavior.”
“I say unwise because at the time I received and forwarded the e-mail, I didn’t stop to think about the historic implications and other examples of how this could be offensive,” she continued. “I would never do anything to intentionally harm or berate others regardless of ethnicity. Everyone who knows me knows that to be true.”
Ok, so, she admits she wasn’t thinking, but that anyone “who knows her” would know she would never “intentionally harm or berate others regardless of ethnicity”. No, Miss Davenport would never “intentionally” send out an email to her fellow GOTP friends, who she thought would also find a picture portraying the President and his parents as apes. Please, we’re not as stupid, nor as naïve, as you might hope. You are a racist. You intentionally forwarded a very offensive email to fellow Republicans and Tea Party (GOTP) enthusiasts who you thought would also find it funny. This wasn’t done accidently, it was done to undermine the President and to belittle his family.
Perhaps if you hadn’t rushed to defend the infamous “watermelon” picture your fellow racist sent out on the eve of the President’s inauguration your failed explanation might bear more fruit. But, alas, you can’t defend someone else’s racism, and then commit your own act of racism and think everyone’s going to buy that you’re not racist.
On Saturday, Miss Davenport told the Orange Country Weekly that she was “sorry if my email offended anyone,” but that she “simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth.”
“The thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race,” she wrote in her Saturday e-mail, and referred to Obama as being only “half black.”
This second apology made no mention of whether she would remain on the committee, nor did it dissuade those she offended from demanding she resign.
“When we send communications to our fellow elected officials it is a public action that reflects on the sender, the recipient, and this committee,” GOP chairman Scott Baugh, who called the racist e-mail “despicable,” said to the 75 people at Monday night’s meeting.
But of course, not everyone on the Republican committee feels she should step down. Her fellow racist, Mister Whitacre, is ever ready to defend her, “It was a private e-mail from her private house to some private friends,” Whitacre told ABC 7 News in Los Angeles. “She thought she was doing something quietly among some folks that might have found some humor in it as well.”
So, private or covert racism is OK? Are you kidding me Tim? Racism is racism. Doesn’t matter if it was public – which it now is – or private; her position is indefensible, and those who wallow with her in trying to defend it are also racists. Isn’t it funny how Tea Party folks will yell and scream about being painted with the same brush, but where’s Sarah Palin’s outrage? Where’s Michelle Bachmann’s statement about how this was wrong? Their silence says just as much – if not more – than if they were openly defending her.