Wednesday, February 1, 2012

GOP Racism Example #4: A Republican Staffer and "Spook" Eyes

In June 2009 Sherri Goforth, a staffer for Tennessee Republican State Senator Diane Black, sent out an email blast on her state account with an attached illustration featuring portraits of all the presidents, except for Obama who was depicted as a pair of big eyes against a black background. “I went on the wrong email and I inadvertently hit the wrong button … I’m very sick about it, and it’s one of those things I can’t change or take back.” Goforth told the Nashville Is Talking website.  In other words, she thinks her mistake was not sending this ugly bit of infantile white supremacist "humor" on her private account.  She told reporters that she had received a letter of reprimand from Sen. Black, whose district includes Gallatin. Goforth doesn't seem to regret the racism of finding it funny that a black person can serve as president just like all those white guys.

The offensive illustration.  That's supposed to be Obama in the lower right corner (Image from 

 http://crooksandliars.com/logan-murphy/latest-gop-racial-outrage-tn-sen-dian).





Michael Phillips has authored the following:

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, Texas, 1841-2001 (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2006)

(with Patrick L. Cox) The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010)

“Why Is Big Tex Still a White Cowboy? Race, Gender, and the ‘Other Texans’” in Walter Buenger and Arnoldo de León, eds., Beyond Texas Through Time: Breaking Away From Past Interpretations (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2011)

“The Current is Stronger’: Images of Racial Oppression and Resistance in North Texas Black Art During the 1920s and 1930s ”  in Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz, eds., The Harlem Renaissance in the West: The New Negroes’ Western Experience (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2011)

“Dallas, 1989-2011,” in Richardson Dilworth, ed. Cities in American Political History (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2011)

(With John Anthony Moretta, Keith J. Volonto, Austin Allen, Doug Cantrell and Norwood Andrews), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips. eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume I.   (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Keith J. Volanto), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips, eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume II. (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Carl J. Luna), Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama  (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2013). 

“Texan by Color: The Racialization of the Lone Star State,” in David Cullen and Kyle Wilkison, eds., The Radical Origins of the Texas Right (College Station: University of Texas Press, 2013).

He is currently collaborating, with longtime journalist Betsy Friauf, on a history of African American culture, politics and black intellectuals in the Lone Star State called God Carved in Night: Black Intellectuals in Texas and the World They Made.

2 comments:

  1. I wonder why she even had such a photo at her disposal?

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  2. Actually, my wife betsy made this comment. She was signed on as me.

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