“As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison,” – Nelson Mandela, proof that the final form of love is forgiveness.
It is rare that one soul can impact all of ours – and make us more patient, more powerful and more human. Mandela was such a soul. And he will never leave us.
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Federal Judge Sent Joke Email Implying Obama’s Mother Had Sex With Dog
Bloggers and others on the right seem not to be able to understand that when Mr. Bush was president and on the receiving end of jokes and slurs, those jokes and slurs came from bloggers and e-columnists. I don't recall any federal judge disparaging President Bush's mother, wife, or parentage. I don't recall any federal judge implying Mr. Bush's mother had sex with an animal in order to produce him.
I don't recall any Democratic member of the US House of Representatives shouting "YOU LIE!" while Mr. Bush was addressing that chamber. Nor do I remember any governor wagging his or her finger in President Bush's face.
I read somewhere recently that Mr. Obama is the Jackie Robinson of US presidents. And he, like the great and dignified Mr. Robinson, has had to endure the filth of racism that runs deep and wide in this country in the 21st century because he is the first president with brown skin. Mr. Obama (and sadly his wife as well) have had to rise above the taunts, the lies, and the monumental disrespect that no other modern president and first lady have had to suffer, not just from partisan hacks and the general opposition, but by members of Congress, governors of states, and even federal judges:
FROM TALKING POINTS MEMO:
Ryan J. Reilly
Montana Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull, a George W. Bush nominee, admitted on Wednesday that he forwarded a racially-charged email implying that President Barack Obama might have been the product of a sexual encounter between his mother and a dog.
“A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’” the email forwarded from Cebull’s official court email address on Feb. 20 read, according to the Great Falls Tribune. “His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’”
The federal judge’s email called the joke “a bit touching” and said he wanted all of his friends to feel what he felt when he read the email. “Hope it touches your heart like it did mine,” he wrote.
Cebull told the newspaper that his brother sent him the racist email which he then forwarded to six “old buddies” and acquaintances. A forwarded version of the email eventually made its way to a reporter at the Great Falls Tribune.
Cebull said he showed “very poor judgment” by forwarding the email and said it was “not intended by me in any way to become public.”
He added that he “did not forward it because of the racist nature of it” although he acknowledged it was racist.
“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,” Cebull explained to the newspaper. “I didn’t send it as racist, although that’s what it is. I sent it out because it’s anti-Obama.”
"We are bound by an inescapable garment of mutuality, whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." -Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. ~letter from the Birmingham Jail, 1962