June 16th, 2009
01:06 PM ET
9 years ago

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. mikearthur

    The incredible shrinking party..

    June 16, 2009 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    Here's the thing: If you don't know by now that you should have a toy email address that you NEVER EVER use for work, then you are only qualified to work at Crayola eating crayons to test toxicity.

    June 16, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. slkwly

    should say "time and time again"-a little take on the country accent:)

    June 16, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  4. Claudia in Houson

    Just another Republican wasting tax payers money using tax payers computers sending e-mails to other tax paid employees. All that is required for this job is just be simply ignorant with a low I.Q.

    June 16, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  5. fishy fish

    A Republican trying not to be racist, its like an alcoholic trying to quit.

    June 16, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  6. alvino

    It says a lot about the party of hateful right wing nuts who continue to cross the line to promote this type of racial humor from the 1930's.

    June 16, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  7. abraxis

    Does this mean that racists and racism still inhabit Repugs ranks and files?

    I am shocked! Nominate Palin and Lim-burger for 2012 and you would have the tripartite of ignorance: ignorance, ignorance, and ignorance!

    June 16, 2009 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  8. David from Southern Illinois

    The Tennessee Republican Party is known for their racist antics. Shame on them!

    June 16, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  9. Cleaning up after W

    News break! Republicans are racists! And, in other shocking news, water is wet!

    June 16, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  10. DJJ

    Sherri, suppose you fill us all in on what is, and who is on the "right list"?
    When will you people in the South realize the Civil War ended 144 years ago, and the score is still the same!?
    Or is this just another expose of and an example of what "some" Republican insiders still really think of African Americans?
    So tell us Sherri, what is the "right list"?

    June 16, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  11. Shucks

    Why is this such a shocker. The republican party has always been the party of racists. That's why it is so ironic when African Americans are appointed to positions in republican administrations or any GOP positions. It is to let Americans know that the republican party is all inclusive. To get votes they will be all inclusive. In a disaster like Hurrican Katrina? Enough said.

    June 16, 2009 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  12. Josh in TN

    No matter what little or big lies can be told to try and make this seem like people of the republican Party do not love or excuse racist behavior, people with clear minds see the evil that exist in the republican environment. It doesn't matter though because Obama Won.

    June 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  13. Eve

    This is why the GOP will never recover! Please keep it up!

    June 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  14. Cliff

    Its again time for the SOUTH succeed, but, permanently. The rest of theCountry would like to be freed from the SOUTH'S hatred.


    June 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  15. Al-NY,NY

    no doubt all the screamers about "crude, offensive" jokes about the Lipstick Fido by a comedian will have NO PROBLEM WHATSOEVER with this....

    June 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Liberals can't take it

    Well, just goes to show, liberals can't take a joke unless it is them saying it.

    I thought it was funny and good taste.. But then again, I am stronger and have more of a backbone than liberal wimps.

    June 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Jan from Madison WI

    Well I'm not surprised about this, as the Republican Party is full of racist people.

    June 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  18. nom deplume, esq.

    Another anecdote for my upcoming book on political correctness in America, the advent of thought crimes and thought police in academia and government, and how corporations, public figures, and ordinary americans can protect themselves from censure, sanction, and prosecution for harboring undesireable ideas.

    Once I outline my comprehensive methods for avoiding racially-tinged appearances, and the prosecutions that will soon attend to such events (note the calls for the sender to be fired), hopefully emails like this one will be a thing of the past.

    June 16, 2009 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  19. Greg

    I have spent a lot of time in Tennessee, and believe me, they live in a different world than most of us.

    June 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Dems cry boo hoo hoo - Nuts to Them

    The Dems have more important things they need to be doing -- perhaps they could stop their trillion dollar pork spending orgy

    June 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  21. Neutralizer

    I think that pic there looks good!

    CNN how come you're not reporting an attempted assassination of Jimmy Carter in Gaza?

    Even Palestinians cannot stand DEMOCRAPS.

    June 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  22. Joe the thinker

    And of course the racist Rethug who sent it is only sorry that it went to the wrong people. Are any of us surprised?

    June 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. SAT

    It is interesting that many "whispered" about racist ideas, jokes, etc. are being exposed. I'm glad these things are being brought into the light. It is all nonsense anyway. Once again, someone in the GOP in the forefront of the story.

    June 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. IsaacTheForcedCatholic

    I am not suprised. After all, the rethuglicans base is mostly racist. Everyone knows that but they don't talk about it like the policy "Don't Ask Don't Tell" If anybody doesn't know that then they are naive.

    June 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Living in the USA

    Wow the man has not been in a office a good 6 months and his wife has been related to a gorilla the whole 9 yards. Folks need to quit.

    June 16, 2009 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
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