June 16th, 2009
01:06 PM ET
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Racist e-mail aimed at Obama raises hackles in Tennessee

(CNN) – The chairman of Tennessee's Democratic Party wants a Republican legislative aide fired for sending out a "reprehensible" e-mail depicting President Obama as two cartoonish white eyes peering from a black background.

Obama's image is in the last square of a collage containing portraits of the previous 43 U.S. presidents. Copies of the e-mail were posted on the Internet Monday.

Sherri Goforth, an administrative assistant to state Sen. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, has admitted she sent the e-mail May 28 with the title "Historical Keepsake Photo." She said, without elaborating, that she mistakenly sent it "to the wrong list of people."

According to the Tennessean, a Nashville newspaper, a note on the e-mail said it was paid for by the Tennessee Republican Party, but GOP officials denied that they produced it. Black chairs the Senate Republican Caucus.

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soundoff (261 Responses)
  1. paula

    I bet Obama doesn't come out whining and snivelling like Palin did on the whole Letterman thing. He's got more important things to focus on.....unlike Palin.

    June 16, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Yes We Did

    The Republican Party knows how to pick them. What list of people is it acceptable to send this behind close doors type of racism to??? Can someone answer that question.

    June 16, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  3. Rita, Texas

    This kind of behavior is what will put America backward when we're trying to move forward at least I thought we were after the past election. This is insulting to our President, our country and on the American people who are trying to put racist behind them. This person should be fired immediately no ifs, buts, or ands for that matter.

    June 16, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  4. Marian

    I can't believe that there is a 'right' list to send this e-mail to. That's a shame.

    June 16, 2009 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. J Wills

    Tennessee is in strong competition with Alabama on exactly which state can wallow the longest in America's racist past.

    My money is on Tennessee.

    June 16, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Ann, California

    the more things CHANGE, the more they remain the same. THis kind of racist vitriol doesn't surprise me in the least. She should be fired and all she has to say is that she sent it to the wrong email list? What gall. Fire her yesterday!

    June 16, 2009 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  7. Dale

    And the Repubs thought David Letterman's joke was in bad taste.

    (Dale now braces for the onslaught of being called a "liberal" despite the fact that I am a moderate.)

    June 16, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Jeffers

    Absolutely no excuse for this. She should be summarily fired!

    June 16, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. sky

    What these people have forgotten is that it is ok to have differing opinions. I lived in Utah for a while and learned one huge lesson.....that even people who are nothing like me, politically or theologically can still be my friends....as long as we avoid those two topics. Human beings all share in the same loves basically and these bigoted rightwing, religious right people have forgotten that America is founded on the freedom to be different. They are so bent on hate and anger that they cannot see those things that bind us together as Americans...so bent on hate and bigotry that they cannot accept a man who wants only to make this country proud and sound again. Hate blinds a person.

    June 16, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. ANGIE

    "Is this indicative of what Senate Republicans think about our commander in chief?" YES! they just don't come out and say it. that is 1 reason they go against EVERYTHING President Obama is trying to do. they have to suggestions or solutions, they rubber stamped EVERTHING bush wanted. It is so sad. that people hate just because the color of ones skin. But is is slowly creeping out. How can this country ever come together with these hateful people?

    June 16, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  11. JerriinNM

    Fire her. Why can they get away with all this, when Letterman has his feet to the fire because of a joke? And, who are the "right" people to send such trash to?

    June 16, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Peter

    This shows how the GOP white supremasists thinks of the the blacks!. Do they ever get it? slavery is long gone! the blackman is a freeman in America!. America in the 21st century has no place for people like Sherri Goforth she is pathetic and she should face the full force of the law coz she is spreading hatred!!!

    June 16, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Dale

    She appologized for sending it to the wrong list of people... but she apparently has no problem with sending it. Hmmmmm.

    June 16, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  14. Boisepoet

    Any doubts still left that the Republican party is the last refuge for racists?

    June 16, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. dg

    Why is Palin not crying foul here. Obama is our president. Where is the outrage.. Oh thats right. this email came from the right. I guess it's OK.

    June 16, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  16. Chrissy, Texas

    Funny!!!! And this is news because?????

    June 16, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  17. ShayHay

    Should I be surprised? This is America, so NO.

    June 16, 2009 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  18. oscar

    ...and this is the country i am supposed to fight for, die for, and i dare not criticize. if you listen to the gop, you would think this place is PERFECT and you better not criticize it!!!! america is a country like any other, it rose and one day it will fall. this country told my father he was not an equal all the way up until the 60's!! muhammed ali said it right, how can one go fight oppression around the globe while being oppressed in his own country?

    June 16, 2009 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. The Original No Incumbents 2010

    Of course people will run with this and say, "ALLrepublicans are racist." or "ALL whites are racists." Which in an of itself is a racist statement. Let me add, I find the email wrong. Very Wrong.

    But I'm also sure that people who did not find the statement by Letterman toward a minor not involved in government offensive, WILL find this offensive.

    June 16, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. T

    This is so sad

    June 16, 2009 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  21. lovable liberal

    There's a reason we liberals think the Republicans harbor racists: They often do.

    June 16, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  22. Guy

    Evil Republican scum...

    And to think that while Micheal Steele sits there touts "Republican values" like an idiot, the TRUE Republican values are being pushed right under his nose....

    June 16, 2009 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Just waaw

    Is the State of Tennessee the State of the Racist of the US ?

    And why the most of racist people in the US are belong to the Republican Party ?

    June 16, 2009 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  24. Debby, NJ...foot soldier 'til 2016

    It is time to start firing these IDIOTS, if it were the average Joe or Josephine we would be escortes out the door for RACISM!

    June 16, 2009 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  25. Mike in NYC

    Right now (2:50 pm, Tuesday, 6/16/09), the image alongside this story is not visible. Wimps.

    June 16, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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