Did I mention that she’s racist? Because she totally is.
Last week, Marilyn Davenport, a “Southern California tea party activist and member of the Central Committee of the Orange County Republican Party” a.k.a. a dumb ass racist old lady sent an e-mail to select friends and acquaintances. Beneath the words “now you know why no birth certificate,” there is a hilarious family portrait of the Obamas:
When reached for comment, Davenport said the following—actually I don’t even need to tell you what she said first. You know what she said, don’t you? It’s a Variation on a Theme of Some of My Best Friends are Black:
“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.”
Scott Baugh chairman of the Orange County Republican Party, however feels differently: “It is dripping with racism and it does not promote the type of message Orange County Republicans want to deliver to the public. I think she should consider stepping down as an elected official.”
Another OC GOP official said “It’s much more racist than the watermelon e-mail. 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?” [see below]
While yet another GOP official said that Davenport is “a really, really sweet old lady so I am surprised to hear about this.”
So essentially, this racist-ass white lady sent a racist-ass joke to people whom she thought were racist assholes, too. Didn’t quite work out for ya there, did it Marilyn? And thus far the only reaction has been “she should probably resign. It’s pretty bad.” (More on that later.)
Turns out not all the Orange County Republicans are a bunch of racist assholes. One understands why she might think that most or all Orange County Republicans are racist assholes, after all Orange County is home to Orly Taitz and home to Islamophobic assholes who think good old-fashioned fun equals screaming that Muslim-Americans (gathering to raise funds for women’s shelters, no less) should go home. [click this link and read Emily's passionate excoriation of said assholes.]
Orange County is also home to Dean Grose, the racist ass Los Alamitos Mayor who circulated an e-mail featuring the White House sitting on a watermelon patch.1
In an interview with OC Weekly reporter Scott Moxley, racist-ass Marilyn Davenport admitted that Scott Baugh, the chairman of the OC Republican Party, told her that the e-mail was tasteless. Also during that interview, racist-ass Davenport said to the Moxley, “you’re not going to make a big deal about this are you. It’s just an Internet joke.”
HiLARIOUS, Marilyn. Keep ‘em comin’! My sides, they are a’ achin’.
Turns out, there are some Orange County Asshats who actually agree with Davenport, and don’t think it’s a big deal. Tim Whitacre, an Orange County Republican activist in Santa Ana is one such asshat, and actually defended Davenport’s dumbassery:
“Marilyn Davenport is a staunch, ethical Republican lady. There is nothing unethical about this from a party standpoint because it wasn’t sent out to the party at large with any racist statements and it wasn’t signed as a central committee member. As a private individual, she is just real big on Birther stuff. [Which makes her not only racist, but one of the dumbest motherfuckers on the planet. -.ed] One of her passions that drives her is the president’s lack of forthrightness about where he was born. [Again, with the dumbfuckery. -ed.] Marilyn believes that nobody knows where he was born [Only dumb motherfuckers don't know where he was born. ~spoiler alert~ It was Hawaii. -ed.] and so this picture says a thousand words [Indeed, it does -- it says "I'm a dumb fucking racist," two hundred times (or whatever -- I'm bad at math.) -ed.]. She is not a perfect lady, but she is no racist [except for when she is... like, ALL THE TIME. -ed.]. She is a gentle person who would feed you [If you're white, maybe; if you're black, I'd get a white person to taste the food first -.ed], help you, be there for you if you were in trouble. [Can we just agree that "you" refers to "white people"? Yes? Okay then. -ed.] She is known as a pleasant [if by "pleasant" you mean "racist," then sure. -ed.], loving person [if by "loving person" you mean "loving of white persons," then maybe. -ed.], and it kills me that she is being attacked by this non-story knowing her mindset [and one imagines that such racism in Orange County -- with its 2% black population -- is a non-story and that her mindset is stamped "RACIST ASSHOLE" -ed.]
Marilyn “Racist-Ass” Davenport is not sorry for what she has done — not even a little bit. In fact, after the story was published in the OC Weekly, Davenport sent an e-mail to fellow California conservative activists demanding to know the identity of “the coward,” who supplied the reporter (Scott Moxley) with the offensive e-mail.
Coward? Really Marilyn? Would you have preferred that “the coward” punch you in the ovary before sending the email? What the hell does cowardice have to do with anything? Oh right, nothing. The racist mind is addled, indeed.
Of course the backpedaling, “mistakes were made”-style non-apologies began almost immediately. Here’s her super contrite apology email:
“I’m sorry if my email offended anyone. I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race. We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them. One only has to go to Youtube or Google Images to see a plethora or lampooning videos and pictures of Obama, Bush and other politicians. That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing. Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was not meant for you. For any of my friends or acquaintances who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended, please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you.”
Here are my peanut gallery comments on that email because you know you love them:
“I’m sorry if my email offended anyone. I simply found it amusing regarding the character of Obama and all the questions surrounding his origin of birth. In no way did I even consider the fact he’s half black when I sent out the email. [Phew! 1/2 black = 50 percent less racism! -ed.] In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race. [Ah, yes. Other people made it about race, you see. (Or "tried" to anyway.) The thought never entered my racist-ass mind! -ed.] We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. [We do? Go onnnn. -ed.] I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particularly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them. [Um, you do know that George Bush is white, right? And you do know that there's no history of racism against white folks, right? And you do know that the Black Man as Ape is a racist trope that stretches back hundreds of years? Of course not. You don't know any of these things because you're a dumb fucking racist. -ed.] One only has to go to Youtube or Google Images to see a plethora or lampooning videos and pictures of Obama, Bush and other politicians. [Dude. Did you see those? Her equivalencies! They are, like, totally false, man. -ed.] That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position [of course you won't, you old bat. -ed.] over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing. [The average racist thinks it's no big deal. But luckily, the racismometer is not calibrated to reflect what the average racist thinks. -ed.] Again, for those select few ["Select few"? Wow, sounds like some VIP shit. Is there a velvet rope? -ed.] who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintances [Yeah! Why are you reading her email, anyway! -ed.], unlike the liberal left when they do the same [actually, the liberal left does do the same, they're just more subtle about it. And they are not the liberal left; they are the P.Left ("progressive" or "professional," your choice. We're taking liberal back! (fuck yeah!). -ed.], I offer my sincere apologies to you–the email was not meant for you. [Oh good. We weren't meant to see it. Carry on! -ed.] For any of my friends or acquaintances who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended [like, ferreals offended -ed.], please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you. [Can I get some sort of measurement of how offended one must be to qualify as "truly" offended? I'm bad at racist math. -ed.]
This woman is an unrepentant asshole. So much so, in fact, that when local news stations called Davenport for comment, she slammed the phone down and blamed the liberal media. Yes! It’s so refreshing, isn’t it? Ye olde liberal media canard.
WWPD? Blame the lamestream media, obvs.
According to the OC Weekly, one person had the right response: Michael J Schroeder, an OC resident and formerly the chairman of the California Republican Party, said that he was disgusted:
“This is a three strikes situation for Marilyn Davenport. She was a passionate defender of former Newport Beach City Councilman Dick Nichols, who stated that he was voting against putting in more grass at Corona del Mar’s beach because, he said, there were already ‘too many Mexicans on the beach.’ She was also on the wrong side of the fence with the Los Alamitos mayor and his White House watermelon patch picture. Now, she has managed to top both of those incidents by comparing African Americans to monkeys. She has disgraced herself and needs to resign. If she doesn’t, the Republican Party must remove her.”
Why yes, she should be removed! And if she refuses to resign then she should be publicly shamed until she does so.
To that end, let’s send a metric fuck-ton of e-mails to any OC GOP official whose contact information we can find.
I’m going to publish this post and then update it as I find contact information, starting with Chairman Scott Baugh.
Until then, here’s a good place to start. The Republican Party of Orange County’s Facebook page. Time to litter their wall with “Davenport needs to GTFO” messages. Nothing like a good virtual public shaming, don’t you agree?
1 Orange County is also home to one @awienick (whom Angry Black, Inc. loves) and who I’m sure will be happy to help me track down the contact information for these assholes, innit? Of course, because he is a gentleman and a scholar.
[via OC Weekly]