At some point I hope to become numb to the blatant racist disrespect government employees continue to show the President and First lady on “company time” and using official government resources, but today just isn’t that day.
Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull clearly showed his lack of good judgment when he sent around a “touching” racist email from his courthouse email account to six of his friends. The subject line for the message read, “A Mom’s Memory,” and this is what was inside:
Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine.
A little boy said to his mother; “Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?” His mother replied, “Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!”
Don’t worry, it’s not as bad as it seems. No one outside of judge Cebull’s “old buddies” was supposed to see the email so it’s no big deal. And it wasn’t racist, it was just “anti-Obama,” the judge said when he was called out on his conduct.
It was not intended by me in any way to become public. I apologize to anybody who is offended by it, and I can obviously understand why people would be offended.
The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan. I didn’t send it as racist, although that’s what it is. I sent it out because it’s anti-Obama.
And because you’re racist, which is why you thought it was innocently funny. It’s sad even after the backlash the man just keeps digging himself in a deeper whole with his “I’m not a racist” rhetoric. He stated again when pressed:
“I did not forward it because of the racist nature of it. Although it is racist, I’m not that way, never have been.”
I think its time a new email policy was issued for employees of the US government. These incidents are becoming a little too frequent.
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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