It seems that every time a right wing politician hires a white supremacist or creates a massive traffic jam out of spite it becomes prudent to offer a half-hearted almost-apology coupled with a blatant attempt to absolve one’s self of any semblance of guilt. “It was my staff,” or “I didn’t know he wants to own people” become the mantra of the day.
Continuing in the growing tradition of being a spiteful and/or bigoted d*ckbag and following up with a media blitz of apologies and self-absolutions, 71 year-old Republican Norwalk, Ohio city council member Bob Carleton apologized for an incredibly racist December 12th e-mail he sent to a couple dozen friends and colleagues as well as the city law director.
Ok, he didn’t so much apologize as say he thought it was pretty funny. “In hindsight, I can see how it can be interpreted as racist, Carleton told the Toledo Blade, “but that wasn’t my intent when I sent it. I thought it was humorous.”
No remorse or anything that vaguely resembles the merest possibility of a hint of a chance of an apology was offered by the council member. It was just hilarious. Jim Jackson, President of the Sandusky NAACP, said that Carleton “is an individual using the premise of a joke to actually pass on what he truly believes.”
The e-mail in question is a chain message that has been circulating around conservative circles for at least a few months entitled “Spelling Bee Champ,” and it is so disgusting that one wonders what sort of vile individual would actually find this funny. The e-mail reads:
My name be Eboneesha Hernandez, a African-Hispanic-American Girl who jus got a award for bein the bess speler in class. I gots a 47% on the spelin text and 38 points for being black, 10 points for not bringin drugs to class, 10 points for not bringin guns to class, and 15 points for not getting pregnut during the cemester. It be hard to beat a score of 120%.
White dude sit nex to me is McGee from Jaxon Mizipy. He got a 94% on the text but no extra points on acount of he have the same skin color as the opressirs of 150 years ago. Granny ax me to thank all dimocrafts and liberuls for suportin afermative axion. You be showin da way to true eqwallity.
I be gittin in medical skool nex an mabe I be yo doctor since Barrac takn over da healfcare in dis contry.[/box]
Law director G. Stuart O’Hara, one of the recipients, agrees with the NAACP’s assessment, saying he “was shocked. [He] didn’t care for the joke, if that’s what it was supposed to be.” He showed the e-mail to the mayor in hopes of some action being taken.
Mayor Rob Duncan says that he does not have the ability to in any way punish the council member for his actions, and has referred the matter to council president Steve Euton–however, the matter was not even mentioned at the last meeting. Despite the malicious nature of the e-mail, the mayor says Carleton would not do anything malicious.
The e-mail was not mentioned at the December 17th meeting.