Glad to know that the “I have friends who are ______” is till considered a legitimate excuse -isms and -phobias. I would think that one would have been laughed off the front pages by now, but it seems that some “non”-racist, “non”-sexist, “non”-homophobes still think it carries water. Remember Sarah Palin claiming to have gay friends?
The latest user of the line is Marilyn Davenport, a committee member in Orange County who emailed the doctored Obama family photo at right to her buddies with the caption “Now we know why no birth certificate.”
The picture isn’t funny, the joke isn’t funny, but what is funny is Davenport’s response to the media hullabaloo: “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.”
Ohhhh… didn’t you know? Racism doesn’t count when you only share it with other racists! Add that to the list of rules that also includes 1) cheating isn’t cheating when you’re in another zip code and 2) calories stolen from your friend’s plate of fries don’t count against your waistline.
Davenport elaborated: “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.”
Note to all politicians sending out “funny” emails: Would the joke still play if you swapped in a despised white liberal socialist pansy-ass? If not, you’ve probably crossed from just-plain-offensive into offensive-and-racist. Step back.
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