04/16/2011 – by Cynthia S. Wright
Orange County is known to most as a beautiful oceanfront destination, but within all that beauty, there seems to be an underlying current of anti-gay bigotry, anti-Semitism, and racism – which forever reason, the county is not trying to shake.
Recently, local magazine, OC Weekly has obtained a copy of an email circulating from conservative, Republican Tea Party activist,
Marilyn Davenport. In this email, the words, “Now you know why no birth certificate,” are shown alongside a photo of the Obama family as apes.
This incident hasn’t been the first time that the OC Republicans have gotten in trouble for regarding their emails. In 2009, their party came under scrutiny when it was known that an email circulated showing a watermelon field in front of the White House.
Davenport insists, that this email is something different.
(This time, the email is blatantly racist and I’m sure Donald Trump would have approved.)
“Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows that I am not a racist. It was a joke. 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.”
So, knowing a black person that qualifies you to send racially, offensive propaganda? Also, the fact (and by her own admission) she only sent it to people that she felt would be “okay with it”, paints her as a tactless, irresponsible individual.
Michael J. Schroeder, the former chairman of the Republican Party, who also resides in Orange County, is not fond of Davenport’s email nor her logic.
“This is a three strikes situation for Marilyn Davenport,” Schroeder said. “She was a passionate defender of former Newport Beach city councilman Dick Nichols who stated that he was voting against putting in more grass at Corona del Mar’s beach because, he said, there were already ‘too many Mexicans on the beach.’ She was also on the wrong side of the fence with the Los Alamitos mayor and his White House watermelon patch picture. Now, she has managed to top both of those incidents by comparing African Americans to monkeys. She has disgraced herself and needs to resign. If she doesn’t, the Republican Party must remove her.”
Davenport does not appear to share his point of view. After the story was made public, Davenport sent another email to her fellow conservative activists demanding to know the identity of the cowardly person who sent out her “Obama=ape” email.
Just two percent of Orange County’s 3 million population are African American.