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[UPDATED: KFI Radio To Get Davenport] Racist Orange County Republican Email: President Obama and His Parents Are Apes

President Obama's father?

This hatred and rhetoric against Obama needs to stop. First, the questioning of his US citizenship. Second, branding him as a Muslim, which he is not though there would be nothing wrong with it if he were. And now, these images that prove nothing but stupidity and racism.

[UPDATED: KFI Radio To Get Davenport] Racist Orange County Republican Email: President Obama and His Parents Are Apes

UPDATE, APRIL 20, 7:30 A.M.: KFI-AM 640’s John and Ken host Marilyn Davenport for a live interview this afternoon. Go HERE for details.

UPDATE, APRIL 18, 5:58 P.M.: Marilyn Davenport speaks! We have the exclusive interview here.

UPDATE, APRIL 17, 3:40 P.M.: Orange County Republican Party Chairman Scott Baugh determined today that his group’s bylaws prevent a vote to remove Marilyn Davenport as an elected member even though she emailed a racist image of President Barack Obama to fellow Tea Baggers and Republicans.

The most drastic action the party can take is a censure, he said. Meanwhile, Davenport refuses to resign and Baugh continues to seek an apology and her voluntary resignation from the central committee.

UPDATE, APRIL 16, 5:55 P.M.: This afternoon, Marilyn Davenport sent an email to fellow Orange County Republican elected officials, apologizing if anyone was offended by her depicting President Barack Obama as an ape–while also blasting the “liberal media” for reporting the story.

“I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth,” Davenport wrote. “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 [Scott Baugh, Orange County GOP boss, and this writer] tried to make this about race. . . . I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them.”

Davenport continued: “That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing.”

(Davenport’s entire statement is at the end of this article.)

Tim Whitacre, a longtime conservative Orange County Republican activist in Santa Ana, defended Davenport: “Marilyn Davenport is a staunch, ethical Republican lady. There is nothing unethical about this from a party standpoint because it wasn’t sent out to the party at large with any racist statements and it wasn’t signed as a central committee member. As a private individual, she is just real big on Birther stuff. One of her passions that drives her is the president’s lack of forthrightness about where he was born. Marilyn believes that nobody knows where he was born and so this picture says a thousand words.”

Whitacre continued: “She is not a perfect lady, but she is no racist. She is a gentle person who would feed you, help you, be there for you if you were in trouble. She is known as a pleasant, loving person, and it kills me that she is being attacked by this non-story knowing her mindset.”

ORIGINAL POST, APRIL 15, 5 P.M.: Orange County might be a beautiful oceanfront locale, but it’s also home to Holocaust deniers, vicious anti-gay bigots and freakish big-haired televangelists.

Here, one of our Republican politicians welcomed the inauguration of the first African American U.S. president in early 2009 by sending out an email that depicted a watermelon field in front of the White House.
That incident drew embarrassing international attention, but now another Orange County Republican has apparently topped the watermelon imagery with another racist attack on President Barack Obama.
The Weekly has obtained a copy of an email sent to fellow conservatives this week by Marilyn Davenport, a Southern California Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party.

Under the words, “Now you know why no birth certificate,” there’s an Obama family portrait showing them as apes.
(Donald Trump must be elated to finally have an explanation about Obama’s true birth circumstances.)
Here’s the image attached to the email:

Reached by telephone and asked if she thought the email was appropriate, Davenport said, “Oh, come on! 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.”
The image did upset several local Republicans.
“It’s unbelievable,” one high-ranking OC GOP official told me. “It’s much more racist than the watermelon email. I can’t believe it was sent out. I’m not an Obama fan but how stupid do you have to be to do this?”
Another GOP official, who also asked not to be identified, said that Davenport is “a really, really sweet old lady so I am surprised to hear about this.”
Scott Baugh, chairman of the OC Republican Party, told Davenport that the email was tasteless, Davenport–a Fullerton-based political activist–admitted to me during the telephone interview.
“You’re not going to make a big deal about this are you?” she asked me. “It’s just an Internet joke.”
But Baugh believes the email is a big deal.
“When I saw that email today I thought it was despicable,” Baugh said. “It is dripping with racism and it does not promote the type of message Orange County Republicans want to deliver to the public. I think she should consider stepping down as an elected official.”
Michael J. Schroeder, an Orange County resident and former chairman of the California Republican Party, also said he was disgusted.“This is a three strikes situation for Marilyn Davenport,” Schroeder said. “She was a passionate defender of former Newport Beach City Councilman Dick Nichols, who stated that he was voting against putting in more grass at Corona del Mar’s beach because, he said, there were already ‘too many Mexicans on the beach.’ She was also on the wrong side of the fence with the Los Alamitos mayor and his White House watermelon patch picture. Now, she has managed to top both of those incidents by comparing African Americans to monkeys. She has disgraced herself and needs to resign. If she doesn’t, the Republican Party must remove her.”

But Davenport does not appear ready to concede she has made a mistake. After this story was published, she sent another email to fellow California conservative activists. It demanded to know the identity of “the coward” who supplied me with a copy of her offensive email.

Several Los Angeles television news broadcasts are planning coverage of this story tonight

(Update: KCAL and KCBS reported during their respective 10 and 11 p.m. broadcasts that in a telephone interview Davenport blamed the media for this controversy and slammed down the phone.)

As a member of the local Republican central committee, Davenport represents an inland section of Orange County: Fullerton, Brea, La Habra, Placentia and, home of the Richard M. Nixon Presidential Birthplace & Library, Yorba Linda.

In February 2009, Los Alamitos Mayor Dean Grose, another Orange County Republican, emailed the White House watermelon image and then apologized.

OC Republican mayor's racist greeting in 2009 to newly elected President Obama.

Ironically, Obama reversed decades and decades of tradition by not getting trounced at the presidential election polls in Orange County, long known as Ronald “Reagan Country.” In fact, he won an impressive 48 percent of the vote in 2008. The last Democrat to win a decent showing here: Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Orange County is also home to Orly Taitz, the Soviet Union-born dentist who lives in Laguna Niguel and is one of the world’s leading proponents of claims that Obama is killing homosexuals tied to his old Chicago church, was born in Kenya, is personally funding Hamas terrorists and ordered a secret agent to break into her vehicle.

Alas, if you really want to be disturbed, read THIS RECENT RELATED STORY by my colleague Gustavo Arellano.

Just two percent of Orange County’s 3 million population is African American.

(This is a copy of Davenport’s entire 12:24 p.m. Saturday email to other OC Republican leaders: “I’m sorry if my email offended anyone. I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. 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. 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. One only has to go to Youtube or Google Images to see a plethora or lampooning videos and pictures of Obama, Bush and other politicians. That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing. Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was not meant for you. For any of my friends or acquaintances who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended, please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you.”)
–R. Scott Moxley / OC Weekly (rscottmoxley@ocweekly.com)

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  • Conspiracy Brother

    “not 100% convinced that it is necessarily racist”>

    Jews, greedy international Bankers…no racism there too?

    Ubiquity & populist historical context e.g. Darwin casting “lesser” races doomed to dying out e.g. “half ape” Turks.

    The soccer fans in Russia throwing bananas not necessarily racist act, unless put in ideological context.

  • http://imaanmagazine.wordpress.com/ ImaanMagazine

    So, she cracked a joke; big deal. How many people honestly didn’t laugh? The world is too serious over photo’s, but not over bigger hard-core issues! A lot of people are assuming that Davenport is racist because the president is black and she is white (I’m assuming). In the end no one really knows if she is or isn’t.
    We have bigger problems..the gas prices are through the roof. Why? Black Gold! Masjid’s are being burned, kids aren’t eating proper meals, homeless is still on the rise, Hala food is expensive-why? The American dollar isn’t worth spit. Muslims are still being harassed-slaughtered by military government and targeted as a political campaign vote. The list of real issues goes on..99 problems and a photo ain’t one!
    Come’on! The Powered Government has people at each others throats over photo’s. They are using everything they can to throw Americans off from the bigger picture-that we are being enslaved by what they want us to see-telling us how we should think..over photo’s. Let’s talk about these private jails that are being funded by who_________, popping up everywhere; for who______ . Why are there so many private jails?
    We get upset over small irrelevant junk, but not big problems that effect our homes, jobs, property, raising children, parents being forced to have their children vaccinated in order to enroll them in school, soil issues for crops, big company’s using haram (bad, harmful) products-forcing small farmers to evacuate or give-in. Or let’s talk about the millions of dollars that goes into sports, but not into home-schooling programs or used to fund public schools that are closing/have closed. Or technology becoming the new god! Burka’s that can’t be worn. REALLY! 99 problems and a photo ain’t one!

    I respect everyone’s comments. This is my opinion…you don’t have to like it, agree with it, or read it. If you feel the need to comment back, inshallah (God Willing) you do so with peace.

  • http://imaanmagazine.wordpress.com/ ImaanMagazine

    So, she cracked a joke; big deal. How many people honestly didn’t laugh? The world is too serious over photo’s, but not over bigger hard-core issues! A lot of people are assuming that Davenport is racist because the president is black and she is white (I’m assuming). In the end no one really knows if she is or isn’t.
    We have bigger problems..the gas prices are through the roof. Why? Black Gold! Masjid’s are being burned, kids aren’t eating proper meals, homeless is still on the rise, Hala food is expensive-why? The American dollar isn’t worth spit. Muslims are still being harassed-slaughtered by military government and targeted as a political campaign vote. The list of real issues goes on..99 problems and a photo ain’t one!
    Come’on! The Powered Government has people at each others throats over photo’s. They are using everything they can to throw Americans off from the bigger picture-that we are being enslaved by what they want us to see-telling us how we should think..over photo’s. Let’s talk about these private jails that are being funded by who_________, popping up everywhere; for who______ . Why are there so many private jails?
    We get upset over small irrelevant junk, but not big problems that effect our homes, jobs, property, raising children, parents being forced to have their children vaccinated in order to enroll them in school, soil issues for crops, big company’s using haram (bad, harmful) products-forcing small farmers to evacuate or give-in. Or let’s talk about the millions of dollars that goes into sports, but not into home-schooling programs or used to fund public schools that are closing/have closed. Or technically becoming the new god! Burka’s that can’t be worn. REALLY! 99 problems and a photo ain’t one!

    I respect everyone’s comments. This is my opinion…you don’t have to like it, agree with it, or read it. If you feel the need to comment back, inshallah (God Willing) you do so with peace.

  • NassirH

    *isn’t racist

  • NassirH

    Are you getting stupider, Bobby? The absurdity of your comparison was already discussed above.

    Anyway, I wouldn’t expect anything better from you, considering that you don’t think someone who says the N-word is racist but take great offense at the word “hick.”

    “But Chris Rock says it too!”

    (You know, because comedians known for explicit language define what’s acceptable.)

  • Isa

    “Wow reaal professional. Even if it isn’t considered racist would you want to find out that your elected official is acting like a dumbf&@$ photoshoping pictures like a stupid high schooler trying to impress her friends and look cool. Disgusting I can’t beleive these people are taken seriously.”

    I wouldn’t even call this “politics” anymore, but some mutation of what politics used to be. When I was younger, politicians acted immature, but not on this level. I have a theory about what is going on, but it most likely isn’t the whole story. I think the Republicans and the Tea Party are going as Far Right as they can in order to make “regular” Republicanism look “normal”, so they will keep up this crazy train for a few more years until the people have had enough and will cry for something “normal.” At this point, the Republicans will present the same kind of rhetoric they did in the late 1990’s and people will think it is “normal” in comparison to the insanity that they have had to endure for five or six years.

    It appears that the Right is taken cues from the Far Left in this country, the people who made “ridiculous, fringe demands” that they never hoped to actually attain, but it would open the door for a more progressive atmosphere in the future. Unfortunately, the Right appears to be doing the same thing but to open the door for a regressive future.

  • corey

    oh my god obama is growing pod people! everybody drink coffee on a daily basis, nobody in america must ever sleep again or you will be replaced by emotionless replicas of yourselves.

  • Suleyman

    LOL, Marwan LOOOOL

  • Marwan

    Rocco: The reason Bush was compared to a chimp was that he actually looked like one and showed probably much less intelligence, so it was an insult to the chimp!

  • Amy

    That picture makes no sense. Why are both Obama’s parents depicted as chimps but he looks human?

    “I have friends who are black.” What do they think about it, then?

  • Danios

    Rocco: The comparison of black people to primates is a historical racial slur. This is not the case with white people, and last time I checked, Bush is white. So why would we complain about him being compared to a chimp? I don’t see the equivalence.

    Like many true progressives/liberals, I do not like Obama. But I don’t approve of this bigotry.

  • Rocco Lore

    And what about all the hatred against Bush? I didn’t hear you complain when he was compared to a chimp!

  • http://tweetsrhymesandlife.wordpress.com/ bboyblue

    As has been mentioned, this is racism pure and simple. If anyone doesn’t make the link between portraying a black/mixed race man as a primate and the clearly racist connotations and insinuations they are either woefully ignorant or an out and out bigot. Or both. Our politicians are far from perfect here in the UK, but seriously, this behaviour would result in her losing her job and possibly destroy her career over here. But like NassirH says, she’ll probably become more popular with the tea baggers & birthers as a result of the condemnation from the ‘left’. Who knows, she might even get her own show on Fox!

  • marco

    Typical. Get caught out over their racism then they attempt to back peddle and start ranting at the liberal media – where as lesser stories have been blown out of all proportion by their beloved fox news..

  • Solid Snake

    Wow reaal professional. Even if it isn’t considered racist would you want to find out that your elected official is acting like a dumbf&@$ photoshoping pictures like a stupid high schooler trying to impress her friends and look cool. Disgusting I can’t beleive these people are taken seriously.

  • Isa

    @Jacque, thanks for describing some of the racist history of the U.S. I already knew some of that, but haven’t done a lot of research into it myself. One of my teachers said that a white psychologist even came up with a “mental illness” called drapetomania, which made slaves want to be free, back in the 19th century. I just wasn’t/isn’t sure that this was necessarily meant to be racist. It still shows a complete lack of taste and tact from the person who sent it. For example, Obama’s “mother” in this photoshoped picture looks darker than his “father”, but the President’s real mother was a white woman. But given the history of racism in this country, the fact that people would *perceive* it as such (especially some people from her “base”), I think she is still accountable for her actions and should just stick to the “socialist muslim communist atheist martian” nonsensical rhetoric.

  • Nur Alia

    Isnt it hard for your president to govern when his own legislative body does things like this.

    From afar, we notice that your legislative leaders ‘badmouth’ your president to the leaders of other nations.

  • NassirH

    The font in this article is a bit messy.

    Anyway, I’ve noticed that a lot of people are oblivious to their own bigotry. They don’t seem to have the mental capacity to differentiate between what is acceptable and what isn’t. Regardless, it’s well known that racism and xenophobia aren’t taboo amongst far rightwing loons. In fact, it’s quite the opposite—this incident will probably boost Davenport’s credentials amongst teabaggers.

    I have friends who are black.

    Zuhdi Jasser is “friends” with (or, was friends with) loons who have openly called for genocide against Muslims, e.g. Pamela Geller.

  • Crow

    thats what I was going to say. Calling or posting pictures that depict blacks as monkies is ment to be racist. The other give-away shes racist is she gave the old racist lie, i cant be racist because i have black friends. A total give away

  • HGG

    “Besides, I only sent it to a few people–mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.”

    In other words, she sent it to her racist friends only.

  • jacque

    @Isa: To understand why these photos are racist, you must understand the history of the United States. For many years blacks were dehumanized by whites. One example of how was the fact that many Southern whites referred to blacks as apes, monkeys, or chimps.

    If you read some of the science journals from back in the 30’s and 40’s, you can read “studies” portraying black people as less evolved than other peoples. In other words, those studies gave white people the right to say they were a bunch of monkeys, since they were “less evolved”.

    So Isa, only the dumbest white person would refer to black people as chimps and not expect to be called racist in today’s world. Showing that photo is just a way of inferring it, without saying the harmful and hurtful words. Anyone with half a brain knows you should not make that correlation given the history of the United States.

  • Isa

    I’m not at all defending this bigoted photo that was sent out, but I’m still not 100% convinced that it is necessarily racist. That doesn’t mean it isn’t very meanspirited and prejudiced. The reason I say this is because I recall a lot of photos of George W. Bush depicted as a chimpanzee, monkey and a gorilla when he was President. Nobody said that was racist. If it is because George W. Bush was white and Obama is multiracial, then isn’t calling that racist a form of racism itself? By that I mean, isn’t that saying you agree that there is a racial connection between a black person and a chimpanzee but don’t make the same racial connection when a white person is depicted as a chimpanzee, monkey, etc?

    I know that context matters when dealing with bigotry, but sometimes racism takes the form of anti-racism in my experience, as paradoxical as that sounds.

  • jacque

    This is also the same Orange County where the Irvine 11 are being prosecuted right now. I’m surprised the writer missed that one. All of them plead not guilty a few days ago.

  • mindy1

    I have disagreements with Obama, but this is NOT the way to get people to listen to your side. Be logical and reasonable for god’s sake

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