A legislative aide to Tennessee State Sen. DIANE BLACK (R-Gallatin) sent out the following graphic from her state email depicting the 44 presidents. Look at the lower right corner space reserved for President Obama.
The legislative aide, SHERRI GOFORTH, told a local news blog, Nashville is Talking, “I went on the wrong email and I inadvertently hit the wrong button. I’m very sick about it, and it’s one of those things I can’t change or take back.”
Her boss, DIANE BLACK, interviewed by CNN, refused to say:
1) That this employee was, should, or would be FIRED; and
2) That the content of her employee’s email is RACIST.
Instead, she would only say that the email was “inappropriate,” and that her employee who has a “stellar 20-year record” of work for the state legislature was issued a “reprimand” per HR state policy for “improper use of email.”
Exactly where does RACISM fall in the category of “improper use of email” to warrant IMMEDIATE TERMINATION from the state of Tennessee? Inquiring minds would like to know.
Tell us, Sen. Black, would this sanction be the same had your employee used state email to peddle pornography? Justice Potter Stewart’s famous reference, “I know it when I see it,” could just as easily apply to racism. But in Tennessee, racism apparently isn’t a serious offense. This is the state whose Repugnant (utterly and completely REPUGNANT) Party has a recent history of racist flyers and attack ads aimed at President Obama. There was the reference to his middle name, Hussein; there was the picture of Obama in African garb; and there was a flyer with Obama’s head on a crow. All were withdrawn. And now this.
Sen. Black’s constituents flocked to her support. “Get over it,” they told outraged critics. If Obama had been white, or if this was about W., they said, no one would raise an objection.
THEY JUST DON’T GET IT.
Did SHERRI GOFORTH really REGRET this, as her boss insists, or APOLOGIZE?
Here’s NIT’s Christian Grantham’s report of the GOFORTH interview:
I spoke with Sherri Goforth minutes ago to confirm she sent this email. She confirmed she had sent it and also said she had received a letter of reprimand from her superiors but said she will stay on the job.
When I asked her if she understood the controversial nature of the photo, Goforth would only say she felt very bad about accidentally sending it to the wrong list. When I gave her a second chance to address the controversial nature of the email, she again repeated that she only felt bad about sending it to the wrong list of people.
“I went on the wrong email and I inadvertently hit the wrong button,” Goforth told NIT. “I’m very sick about it, and it’s one of those things I can’t change or take back."
The "wrong list"?! Who's on the RIGHT LIST, Sherri: Racists, bigots, white supremacists, neo-Nazis, and xenophobic Repugnants?
THEY JUST DON’T GET IT.
In the meantime, Sherri, consider handing the "RIGHT LIST" over to the FBI.
SHAME ON DIANE BLACK,SHERRI GOFORTH, THEIR SUPPORTERS, AND EVERY REPUBLICAN WHO DOES NOT IMMEDIATELY AND UNEQUIVOCALLY CONDEMN THIS ACT OF RACISM.
You’re despicable beyond words.