June 16th, 2009
01:06 PM ET
5 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. Nut Jobs

    Are we surprised anymore? I'm sure President Obama knew this would be coming or has been going on since he became a serious contender for the Presidency. I'm glad it doesn't cost him any sleep at night. It doesn't change the fact that he IS the PRESIDENT of the U.S. and is well loved by a majority of the population here. Nothing these folk do can change that. If they don't like it, maybe they should go visit North Korea or Iran for a year or two. Geez....

    June 16, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  2. Eve

    See, it is things like this why the GOP will never recover...keep it up please!

    June 16, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. HJA

    There you go. Racists are alive and well. I'm not saying all Republicans are racist, but all the people I know that are racist are Republicans.The garbage spewing from the GOP is just that. Garbage.

    June 16, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Palin/Palin 2012

    She said, without elaborating, that she mistakenly sent it "to the wrong list of people."

    Yes: The list of folks who aren't her racist contributors.

    June 16, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. Bless america

    Am not sure if the democrats will be able to fix america. but am 100% sure that rebuplicans are going to damage any thing positive in this country. i would love one day to be a rebuplican but only if they let the following go: Racism, Hypocrisy, Greed, Ignorance and love other colors besides the white ..

    June 16, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. m cella

    This is very sad and disappointing. This woman is obviously a biggot who should not be allowed to work in the government in any capacity. You can rest assured if this was targeted at any Republican, the GOP would be screaming for blood.

    June 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Kevin Howell

    How racist can you get? I live in Tennessee and it is an embarassment to our state to have people like that in it. I assure you that there is just a small minority of people who feel that way, I don't know any personally, but there are racists everywhere and it seems they all belong to the republican party.

    They hide behind their "morals" and Christian values, when they are neither. I am a liberal, Democrat, Christian and I live as Jesus would want us too. Love one another. Not make racist jokes because you are angry we have a Black President. He is the best President in my lifetime other than Clinton. Bush II was the worst in history, he and Cheney shredded the constitution and denied rights that are guaranteed by the founders of our country. Then Cheney has the audacity to defend his actions. Bush and Cheney should be tried for war crimes.

    June 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  8. Esco

    Republican Fail

    June 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Neutralizer

    And while you're at it CNN, why you did NOT report what the Pentagon has stated North Korea missiles is a THREAT to USA?

    This racist email is NOT important. NOKOR missiles is IMPORTANT – that is a THREAT to our national security.

    I guess you folks in CNN is waiting for your marching order from Hussein. He's still pandering what he gonna say, what kind of BS he gonna tell the American people.

    June 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. carolyn

    This bigot should be fired immediately. A disgrace to Tennessee and our great USA.

    June 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. RepubliKLANs Are Stupid As Stupid Does

    Why am I NOT surprised?! Because from the GOP hateful & bigoted lot & values; if it's White it's okay, but if it's black, hispanic or jews – it's against everything that America stands for and afront on the White supreme race....I'm sure Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Dick Cheney, Sarah Pain-Lin, Sean Hannity & O'reilly will be very PLEASED with this!

    The Right Wing Nuts will be out in full force saying it's just a joke and that this bigoted Goforth dimwit sent the email out in error!!!

    PUHLEASE!! – OUT OF THE ABUNDANCE OF THE HEART, THE MOUTH SPEAKETH

    THE GOP IS A RASCIST PARTY. PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  12. young conservative from NJ is win

    Oh come on... really?

    He's half white!!! You can at least sorta see him in the dark!!!

    June 16, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Bigotry > Hate > Home Grown Terrorism

    Hopefully we'll hear Sarah Palin and her husband speaking out about this as much as they have been regarding the joke that David Letterman made about their daughter, Bristol. And I'm SURE that Zeigler will be organizing a protest againd racism and racist remarks about our president. Right?????

    June 16, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  14. Liberals can't take it

    Oh, but it sure isn't as bad as Obama making fun of Special Olympic athletes. That is for sure. Poor athletes poor everything they got into the games and our president dismisses them as jokes..

    What a shame liberals are. If you want this giurl fired, I think Obama should be fired. Well, he should just step down as you can see he loosing everything his campaign "promised".

    June 16, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Iraqvetchris

    You know whats really funny about this photo?
    That bush is in it.
    Now thats way funny!
    chuck norris should be in the photo.

    June 16, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Kimberly from Houston, Texas

    GOP, when will your stupidity end?

    June 16, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  17. Tammy

    She said, without elaborating, that she mistakenly sent it "to the wrong list of people."
    ---------–

    Ignorance runs rampant in the Republican party. Only reprimanded when she should have been fired. Guess they are too busy protesting David Letterman's remark which was NOT made by a politician representing the people of this country.

    June 16, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  18. ike

    it is time for badly racial individuals to begin the rest of their life in prison such as Sherri Goforth. They are not worth living in a civilized world.

    June 16, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  19. Dawn in Pa

    They need to apologize to President Obama, think this is suppose to be funny? I don't, Lettermen said, and yes as a liberal I think that it is tasteless and inappropriate.

    We are in the 21st Century people Racism is totally wrong....

    You were offended about Sarah Palin and her family, rightly so, and I do not like her at all, but yet I sided with her, and I will read on these blogs and say we need to be thicked skin... You know Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me... Some people take offense of racial slurs and thinking it is totally funny, I don't...

    We are a melting pot, all Nations under one umbrella, called the United States of America...

    Please Post this CNN..

    June 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  20. Vegas

    OMG! "Wrong list of people"? Is there a "right" list of people to send this crap to?

    This is 2009, people, not the 1860s.

    June 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  21. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Never ending story on race, A lot of people today, 16 june 2009 11:43 Am mountain time still won't say President Obama, they rather say mr or just say Obama this is very SAD.

    June 16, 2009 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. Typical Republican

    Just more proof that republicans are all racist white trash.

    Sincerely,
    A white guy that is ashamed of the white trash that IS the population of republicans and conservatives!

    June 16, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  23. Dixon

    So she sent it to the wrong list of people. I wonder who on her e-mail list are the right people who should have received racist e-mails. I am so tired of our polititians on both sides. The far left and the far right need to be put in their place by the majority of us towards the middle.

    June 16, 2009 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  24. Lesley Anne

    Until this type of right-wing hate is exposed for exactly what it is, nothing will change. Heads need to start rolling. So called free speech such as this and the gorilla comment from another southern right wing person should be the subject of large amounts of news coverage condeming these kinds of jokes. We get more gruff and subsequent outrage over the dumb Palin comment from Letterman than we do for this type of racist 50's style hate agenda against the president and first lady. What is wrong with the media?

    June 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  25. Jen

    What's this? Racism in the GOP? This is the first I've heard of this....today.

    June 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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