I’ve heard stories over the past year about people who have sent out racist emails about our president and gotten in trouble for either creating them or passing them on. Just recently, a Colorado Department of Transportation worker was disciplined for forwarding an email of President Obama shining Sarah Palin’s shoes, using her state email account.
These kinds of stories have been in the news lately because they have involved state workers, politicians or other people in the public eye. I personally have never been sent one of these emails and I’ve never known anyone personally who was sent one. Until now.
My coworker called me over to her computer today to help her understand an email her brother sent her. Her brother is a cop who lives in South Carolina. As I peeked over her shoulder, and started reading the text, I saw the words “White House” and I thought to myself, “Oh, geez, don’t let this be racist.” She scrolled down and I saw this:
“This walk-in refrigerator at The White House is huge! Take a look below!
A peek inside the White House walk-in refrigerator”
And at the bottom of the email it says:
“Oh, shut up and lighten up …
I know you’re laughing!!!”
Not only is the picture offensive, but now we’re being chided for being uptight about being offended. Or even worse, the statement at the end is giving us permission to laugh and think it’s okay to send this kind of crap to our friends. Well, it’s not okay. I’m not laughing.
Yes, our president is black. Who the hell cares? I’m so tired of people making the President’s race an issue. Obama is intelligent, thoughtful, kind, generous and caring. I don’t care if he’s purple- I’m proud of him and would vote for him again in a heartbeat. I don’t agree with everything he’s done since taking office, but I do think he’s doing the best he can with the hand he was dealt.
Isn’t it about time we stop forwarding these emails and stop making it okay to laugh and make racial jokes?