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

Mayor gone after racist e-mail


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.

Filed under: Politics
soundoff (247 Responses)
  1. Concerned in MA

    I don't care if you're conservative like me or liberal, there is NO PLACE for racism in the US of A.

    March 2, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Chris in MI

    That a public servant would put out such crap is reprehensible. I don't believe he didn't know it was pure and simple racisim. That he decided to resign is a sign that he knew exactly what it meant. Also, knowing that he would probably never be re-elected....

    March 2, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. MK

    Everything is offensive. Get a life people. Can we focus on things a little more important–like the fact that the US economy is going to cave in on itself. No, it's much easier to spend time on these types of things. Perhaps we can use part of the stimulus package to launch an inquest against anyone using watermelons in their business or personal communications. I find this article offensive–can the editor of CNN please step down.

    March 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. RR

    if only he had been caught on tape smoking crack, he could have moved to DC and run for mayor or city council!

    March 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  5. proud army navy mom

    will the repugs ever learn? nope not with fat Rush leading them.

    March 2, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  6. paul oregon

    ive said for years theres nothing dumber then a human!!!!

    March 2, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  7. Eth

    The mayor knew exactly what it meant and that's the reason why he sent it. Mr. ex-mayor, all people eat watermelon including you.

    March 2, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  8. j

    jc---- I`m a white, Southern boy and you can`t tell me the mayor doesn`t have some deep seated resentment or hatred for Blacks. If this is "humor" , it is tasteless and perverted.

    March 2, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  9. Hans Brecker, Newport RI

    Yeah...take a memo, DEMS

    March 2, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  10. pat C.

    how pathetic.. i am an older white woman and YES i am ensulted!!! this stuff has got to stop before america will be disgraced as a nation. we ALL need to support our new president and show the world that we are a cival nation and all want the US to succeed. you republicans out there need to get over yourselves....YOU LOST THE ELECTION! move on and either sit down and shut up or voice your opinions without being rude and so dam negative about how the dems are trying to rebuild the mess your guy left obama holding!!

    March 2, 2009 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  11. Nick

    It may be a joke, but it's a racist joke. Oranges would have not been racist. Anything else wouldn't have been, except for maybe pieces of fried chicken.

    The old stereotypes are in people's minds still. You know, that blacks only eat fried chicken, collard greens, and watermelon. Just like saying an Italian is a member of the mafia. Not true, but still racist stereotypes.

    March 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  12. Daniel, Atlanta, GA, ex-republican

    As a psychotherapist, it is important to note the level of mental illness that the Republican party, GOP/RNC, and many republicans in certain parts of the country exhibit. Racism, hatred of nonwhites, "us against them" mentality, paranoia, fear mongering, blaming the victim, denial, extreme Xenophobic perceptions, bigotry, religious delusions, rigid belief systems, etc. are not only signs of mental illness, but also are the same symptoms that the Nazis had in Germany in World War II before they committed horrible acts. I am concerned that the US is experiencing a rise in hate-related ideologies as we saw at CPAC. This isn't a joke anymore!

    March 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  13. lolman

    that is in fact the stupidest thing i've ever heard

    March 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  14. P. Y.

    That is not a joke ! What is really funny is that some people say something is a joke when it is specifically aimed at one segment of the population. EVERYBODY knows that the racists have used watermelons as a stereotype aimed at back people.
    BTW-I am white and I see nothing funny about it.

    I'm glad that this idiot mayor at least had enough brains to quit.

    March 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  15. Obama Supporter

    The fact that you have to ask if anyone has a sense of humor anymore, shows your ignorance as well. If I were to draw cartoons of white officilas w/ a saltine crackers replacing their face, i dont think you would laugh then. ITS CALLED IGNORANCE. I'm glad he is gone, should have been sooner.

    March 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  16. Greg Varner

    It might be a joke, but IT'S NOT FUNNY! And it's inappropriate.

    March 2, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  17. Mike in Houston

    Those who are happy that the mayor has been forced out due to wild and unfounded accusations of racism need to understand that one day the ire and hatred of others will be directed at them. That is the danger of our growing intolerance.

    March 2, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  18. Big Ed

    I don't agree with the e-mail, but if this mayor was forced to step down,why do we still have Rush limbaugh and Ann Coulter? They spew more venom and hate than the mayor's poor taste in humor.

    March 2, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  19. kaard

    Hey Isaac, should Republicans take respncibility for the tumbling dow? Oh wait, that's happening under Obama's watch, but your to much of a bufoon to notice.

    March 2, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  20. rich

    Good Riddance! Would he have sent out such emails if the POTUS was white? Higly unlikely. Many will go the way he has during the Obama adminstration because they cannot help but put their feet in their mouths. The world has changed; apparently the mayor did not get the memo. Whats most shocking is that he was a major in the State of California of all places. Let him look for work now in this terrible economy.

    March 2, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  21. Honestlady

    @JC...I do have a sense of humor but i don't find anything funny about this!! This is blatant racism. Alot of people may not be aware of the racist connection between african americans and watermelons but this mayor sure did. Just think about it...why watermelons? Why didn't he use some other fruit, vegtable, or etc.? Why watermelons? You know what, i can respect a person who just comes out and admits that they are racist. What annoys me are these closet racists. They make racist comments & suggestions and then swear up and down that they didn't mean it or that they didn't know.

    March 2, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  22. SY

    Unfortunately, there are far too many people in both government and private enterprise positions who really don't see a joke like this as racist. Their racism is so integrated into their culture and daily lives that they don't consciously say to themselves, "oh, I better not send this out, it's insensitive..." In their minds they don't believe they are racist. You will likely hear them say, "why, some of my best friends are black (or Asian, or Latino, or gay, or Arab and so on)." Many people are afraid to address their prejudices and biases head on. They find it easier to carry on their ignorance of people who are different from them.

    March 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  23. red

    good riddance.........

    March 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  24. Burt

    Wow... stupidity and ignorance actually DIDN'T pay!??!?! What is America coming too!

    March 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  25. jim

    I just hope he did not poison the rest of the staff in city hall before he resigned. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

    March 2, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
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