“But then little stories like this one from Orange County keep bubbling up to the surface of their fetid little Tea Party cesspool:
“The Weekly has obtained a copy of an email sent to fellow conservatives this week by Marilyn Davenport, a Southern California Tea Party activist and member of the central committee of the Orange County Republican Party.
“Under the words, ‘Now you know why no birth certificate,’ there’s an Obama family portrait showing them as apes.
“As always, the ‘sweet little old lady’ who sent the mail had no idea that anyone might possibly construe the mail as racist, even though comparing black people to various kinds of apes has always been a stock feature of racist denigration in America. Why, some of her best friends are black!
“Reached by telephone and asked if she thought the email was appropriate, Davenport said, ‘Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black. Besides, I only sent it to a few people–mostly people I didn’t think would be upset by it.’
“The image did upset several local Republicans.
‘”It’s unbelievable,’ one high-ranking OC GOP official told me. ‘It’s much more racist than the watermelon email. I can’t believe it was sent out. I’m not an Obama fan but how stupid do you have to be to do this?”‘
The rest of the article is here.
Exit question: Do people know when they’re being racist?