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. felicia

    racist hooligans, white people digust me.

    June 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  2. Angela Rambo

    So, who still believes that with the election of our first African American President, we will enter into a post-racial America? Before things improve, we will see the worst of the vile. These types of emails are not new; they've been tolerated and laughed at all over the internet; proving nothing has changed. By electing Obama, the greatest fears are rising to the surface of the hearts and minds of America's most hateful people.

    June 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Leon, OKC

    I hate her response "im sorry I sent it to the wrong list of people!" You mean it was sent to the group of racist friends that cant afford to have this on their email, it was meant for the group of racist friends that dont work for the government... She should be fired..

    June 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. W. Art

    I sure would like to see the list of people she intended to send it to. She should be made to give up the names of those individuals. And her excuse was, "I sent it to the wrong list of people". How would she had felt if someone defamed her family in this manner?

    Just a shame...folk with some much hate in their hearts. We happen to have a President who is biracial and all folk see is he is "Black" and can't come to terms. I bet these are some of the same folk if confronted will say they are not prejudice.

    People need to grow up. How do we expect kids to act when they see adults acting foolish, meanspirited and hateful?

    June 16, 2009 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  5. Renee

    This email shouldn't have been sent at all. And advising it was sent to the wrong list of people doesn't excuse anything. Can anyone take responsibility here? Whomever sent it to the aide should be terminated and the aide should be terminated as well. It shows a lack of poor judgement, and the aide had the option of asking questions before transmitting.

    June 16, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. BM

    This is despicable and speaks volumes as to why the Republican Party has lost the respect of most of America. Where is the apology for this?

    June 16, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. John in Ohio

    But we're totally being unreasonable whenever we say opposition to Obama has a lot of knee-jerk racist elements, right?

    June 16, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. Barbara Independent in NY

    The aide sent this garbage to the "wrong list of people"? So she has a list of people who think that this is okay. Nice. Glad to see that the Republican party has come so far in Tennessee.

    June 16, 2009 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Keish

    What an idiot, she should be fired just for violating the Code of Business conduct. People will one day learn to stop with the racist jokes, they will get you no where.

    June 16, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Hey – some of the folks in TN still wear white sheets on a regular basis. Guess they can't see very well through those little slits they cut to see through.

    June 16, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  11. ConsiderThis, FL

    So much for the claim of being a Christian nation. Will people ever tire of racism? It has to be about more than the color of one's skin; it must be about the perpitrator's insecurity in themselves.

    June 16, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. ryan

    are you kidding.... the conservatives go ape over letterman and nobody even notices this?? haha

    June 16, 2009 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  13. A.L. Hall - Kansas

    And to think that this story is getting less attention than the stupid Palin – Letterman cat fight....geez

    June 16, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  14. Lori reminds the GOP that the Democrats have a 19pt favorable advantage over the GOP! And demographics favor the Democrats!

    Another reason why President Obama has.a higher approval rating than their George Bush did at this exact time in his term. America knows some of the outrage and hatred aimed at President Obama from the GOP is in part because he's black. His race alone galvanizes the 21% of Republican racists left in this country. This would be the second Republican in a few days that a GOP political official or member of staff has made racists comments. And Republicans claim not to share the same ideology as White Supremacists. Stay in obvilion, GOP. Another reason why women AND ethnic minorities reject your party.

    June 16, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  15. southerncousin

    This is as disgraceful as David Lettermans comments I am sure that CNN's post will generate all kinds of outraged liberal posts, while 64 of the 75 respondents on the Letterman story condemned Palin. Hey libs, get a clue, reap what you sow and you have been sowing hatred.

    June 16, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  16. Jamie from Riverside

    Just another reminder what the GOP is really all about.
    Not the best way to get mo' folks under that supposedly big tent.

    June 16, 2009 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  17. Expat American

    Job Opening: administrative assistant.
    Location: State House, Nashville, TN.
    Requirements: Republican Party affiliation, a red neck and an incomplete set of teeth.
    Salary: Dependent on redness of neck and poor quality of dental care.

    June 16, 2009 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. elisabeth

    What list of people did she mean to send it to?

    With each act of hatred by a GOP member that "doesn't speak for the party at large," it is getting harder not to see a pattern.

    June 16, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. skammer

    Good grief, our legislature is a constant embarassment.

    June 16, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  20. PFFT

    I don't know who produced it, I don't care. The aid was wrong in ever passing it along. She should have reported the originator and that was that.

    June 16, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  21. al in memphis

    Worst thing about it is that these people have pride in their ignorance. To think they would demean the office of the President because he is black, but they will turn and celebrate any color athlete that helps their team win.

    While I don't agree with all of his positions, I think he has put leadership back in the White House. His humble beginings and accomplishments is why we think this country is special.

    June 16, 2009 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  22. Fla.

    Sent to the wrong list? That's it?! This Republican garbage should have never been sent/produced in the first place. Every day the continued nonsense reminds me why I left the GOP. How sad.

    June 16, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  23. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Sen. Diane Black, R-Gallatin, has mistakenly admitted to the entire country that she is a narrow minded racist bigot. If there were sweet justice, it would be raining bricks over her today.

    June 16, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  24. Ren from Baltimore

    Ms. Black, to say you sent it to "the wrong list of people" is admission enough of your foul intentions, and evidence enough for the Party to kick you out. Period.

    June 16, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  25. Gary D.

    Not only this shameful, racist creature should be fired, she should be PROSECUTED. How long are we going to tolerate these GOP domestic terrorists to run freely in our country ? They encourage the shootings of Dr. Tiller and the poor guard at the Hilocaust Museum. And they wage war against poor Letterman !!!

    June 16, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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