March 2nd, 2009
11:21 AM ET
5 years ago

Mayor gone after racist e-mail

CNN

A mayor has resigned for sending an offensive e-mail.

(CNN) – A California mayor is stepping down following an outcry over a racist e-mail, CNN's Kara Finnstrom reports.


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soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. disgusted

    No one forced him to resign, he resigned on his own. There was no speech police, no trying to take away his rights. Get a grip.

    March 2, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  2. towbs

    Dave- keep this in mind, black people didn't start all of the problems we have pertaining to race in this country, however, we as americans (all people regardless of color) have to come together to find a solution to end some of the racial problems that still exist. If you are tired of black awareness month, that's fine for you but for me, we need to be acknowledge because our history which has always been apart of american history, has been ignored for so long. It's called Black History Month not awareness. Blacks have contribute alot to this country and have never been given credit for it, until a decade ago and just little by little. If you are tired of affimative action, that is an issue that falls on your peoples' shoulder, because if some of you knew what being fair and honest and how to treat people equally, there wouldn't be a need for affirmative action. if you are tired of race baiters being concerned about blacks, keep in mind, if blacks weren't treated so badly and if black people lives' were equally as important as white people lives, then there wouldn't be a need for these race baiters as you put it. I don't know where people like you got the notion that you are better or held to a higher standard as you put it, but christianity and the bible is our basic instruction before leaving this earth. I have read the entire new testament and I never read anything about white people in the bible or that God holds you people to a higher standard and every one else is beneath you, because your not. Know your bible, know why Jesus walked the earth, because he certainly does not look at color and he will not when we all stand before him for judgement. Also, you spelled "until" incorrectly.

    March 2, 2009 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  3. cnnnewser

    These openly racist people have no business in leadership roles.
    I am ashamed of them, and ashamed of anyone that stands up for them.
    John McCain and Sarah Palin were the frontrunners of the republican racist party....their hate and filth during their campaign brought racist out of the woodwork, and now they're running rampant....and the main stream media gives them all the air time they want to spew their hate and filth.
    Shame on all of them!

    March 2, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  4. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This was the act of a real MORON that America doesn't need. Feed him to the Taliban.

    March 2, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  5. Big Boat Theory

    References to watermelons isn't racist towards blacks. Just like references to trailer parks, sleeping with blood relatives and 'Deliverance' banjo music isn't racist towards Conservatives [with their bastardized American version(s) of European Christianity] or Poor Trash Whites....

    The Ship of Fools is a biiiiig boat!

    March 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  6. Kitchen Police

    B you want us to get over idiots like this mayor who fan the fire of racism? Maybe its easy for you to get over because you don't have to face on a daily basis.

    March 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. Once you vote Black

    Bob, if this guy is so weak that he would quit just because a few million people were hurt by his actions that is on him. He was not kicked out of office he quit. All of you white folks who think this guy got a bum deal need to look up to him for taking the action he thought was right. If I tell you to jump off a building would you do it? If I told you to quit your job would you do it. He quit so he can sleep at night because he knew he did not deserve the publics trust so don't cry on my blog about how you are tired of Blacks standing up for themselves. We have free speak also and just because we tell you to stop does not mean you have to be so open to suggestion.

    March 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  8. johnny

    @ Kirsten March 2nd, 2009 12:22 pm ET

    If it's not racist then what is the joke?

    March 2, 2009 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. newboot1971

    After reading some to the comments on this topic, I can see why the new AG called us a nation of cowards. Watermelon on the White House Lawn....Good Grief Charlie Brown.

    Black histoy should be added to our schools curriculum. Then maybe, just maybe more White people would show empathy when addressing topics such as these.

    March 2, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Mike Sk

    Do you GOP right wing haters seriously think that racist humor is acceptable? what part of the klan do you guys belong too? to actually mislead people into thinking you don't know why watermelon jokes is offensive to black people truly shows the election of Barack Obama as president truly as not changed the hate in some peoples minds.

    March 2, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  11. Thin Skinned Hypocrits

    Boo hoo hoo Get a life folks. This is not a capital offense. You want real racism or bigotry or anti semitism – Listen to Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton – two of the biggest racist and anti semitic people on the planet – Mr Righteous and Mr No Brains

    March 2, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. shoegazer

    To hide behind the thin veil of a perceived ignorance is just that,ignorant.If that is the mentalitly of the man,maybe he should not have been Mayor in the first place.

    March 2, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  13. Matt of MA

    If watermelon and fried chicked are racist, then, so too, are steak, veal chops, nabisco crackers, and Milky Way candy bars.

    Personally, I think it is all garbage. There are over 200 million people in this country. Who eally cares what 1 idiot says?

    March 2, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. George in VA

    To the people on here that are saying to lighten up...it is clear that you have never benn in the shoes or felt the pain of racism; so in that you will never understand the hurt and pain that people of color fells about this subject... you or your parents have been called a monkey, baboon, koon or anything else that would make you feel less of a human being... you never had to try and change your appearance because of not being so called beatiful because your skin is too dark; hair is to nappy or lips to big... all this is part of America's racist & segregated past that is not so distant... yes we do have a black president in the white house but that still doesn't delet years of slavery & opression... now I am for making fun of the president or anyone else in the public eye as long as it doesn't cross that line... for people who say they didn't know lets be real here we all have heard our share of jokes on race religion & sexual orientation to know what is & isn't right... if you want to make jokes fine but leave race, religion & sex preference out...

    March 2, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Axl in Iowa

    Whats with all the racist stories in the media lately?? Just a couple months ago, all we heard was how America has matured so much and how far we had come re: racism. Racism LIVES as long as there is media and Al Shapton in this world. As the saying goes. You cut the head off the snake, and rest will die.

    March 2, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  16. Mike

    I must say that I found your remarks quite insulting about living under a rock. I most certainly have never lived under a rock and I had no idea that referencing watermelon or fried chicken was racist
    --------------------------------

    No offense intended. Either you are very young or you are somewhat out of touch. It's a common stereotype.

    March 2, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. reson2

    Along as people demand that they be recongnized/treated as being of a certain race, it will always be about race.

    March 2, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Mari

    *************PLEASE POST CNN************************************

    @ JC...... sure we have a sense of humor......BUT NOT AT SOMEONE ELSE'S EXPENSE!

    AS AN ELECTED OFFICIAL WHO REPRESENTS MANY PEOPLE, NOT JUST........WHITES.........THIS MAN HAS A RESPONSIBILITY TO BE FAIR, POLITE AND JUST.

    WHAT'S WORSE........ IS THAT I BET THIS MAN..........CLAIMS TO BE CHRISTIAN!

    March 2, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. me

    Lighten up...
    It is evident that racist is still thick. How can you lighten up anything related to 400 years of rape, murder, enslavement, mental, physical, emotional, social degregation?

    Watermelon patch... oh: To those of you who were not "up to date" on your racist comments. This is not a Wikipedia update. These are well documented and understood examples of hate speech. Sometimes people can't see racist because they are immersed in it. They think it, and act out on it without questioning the ingrained hatred (predjudice) woven into their insular community.

    Talk to Black (or other minority) people. You would be suprised about what you don't know, as well as what you keep getting wrong and someone is too polite to point out.

    March 2, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. Sam Ellison

    This isn’t a case for the ACLU, nor is it some violation of free speech. This is public outrage at idiotic comments. If he was fired for these comments, I’d be more angry that the guy could get fired for a comment, no matter how dumb. But he is resigning as a result of public outcry. That's the basis of a free country, right? Vote with your wallet and criticize stupidity. These aren't violations of his rights, but they are the consequences.

    I’m white and I enjoy watermelon, but I also know the racist history of this statement. In the future, here’s a test you can use: If the same email or comment could have been used while Clinton or Bush was Prez, would it even make sense, let alone be funny?

    March 2, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. Matt, Chico, CA

    You people just over reacted. It was a JOKE. People did/said a lot worse about Bush

    March 2, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. chris s.

    I would like to clear up to all that believe blacks can be racists too. Racism is the belief that one race is superior than another. only whites have a history of racism in america. Most whites are not racist, but most are prejudice as well as blacks, latinos and asians. Therefore, we must continue to educate our children about the good of all races instead of the bad.

    March 2, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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