Generally Unforgiven

Something possessed Tea activist and OC County GOP official Marilyn Davenport to send out a really clever e-mail.

The e-mail contains a picture of chimpanzees posing like they’re a family. There’s a papa, a mama, and a little baby, and they’re all lined up and dressed really nice like in their Sunday best. Except that some Photoshoppe wizard has placed a cutout of the face belonging to the President of the Untied States of America over that of the baby chimp.

It’s captioned, “Now you know why no birth certificate.”

Get it?

Me neither.

At first, Davenport offered the typical non-apology apology. Here that is, in full:

I’m sorry if my email offended anyone. 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. In fact, the thought never entered my mind until one or two other people tried to make this about race. We all know a double standard applies regarding this president. I received plenty of emails about George Bush that I didn’t particular­ly like yet there was no ‘cry’ in the media about them. One only has to go to Youtube or Google Images to see a plethora or lampooning videos and pictures of Obama, Bush and other politician­s. That being said, I will NOT resign my central committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing. Again, for those select few who might be truly offended by viewing a copy of an email I sent to a select list of friends and acquaintan­ces, unlike the liberal left when they do the same, I offer my sincere apologies to you—the email was not meant for you. For any of my friends or acquaintan­ces who were the recipients of my email and were truly offended, please call me so I may offer a sincere verbal apology to you.

Geez. I’m sorry, you assholes. FU. And I have lots of black friends. Why just last week I tipped that boy who handled my bags four dollars. So there.

Well. Things must have gotten really bad for Ms. Davenport. Because the update is that she has now submitted an ACTUAL APOLOGY. One enormous order of crow, served up to order, Ms. Davenport. Eat up:

“I humbly apologize and ask for your forgiveness of my unwise behavior. I say unwise because at the time I received and forwarded the email, I didn’t stop to think about the historic implications and other examples of how this could be offensive.”

In the statement, Davenport also quoted the Bible and said she was “an imperfect Christian” who tried to “live a Christ-like honoring life.” “I would never do anything to intentionally harm or berate others regardless of ethnicity,” she said. “I will not repeat this error.”

I say that when a person screws up and offers a sincere apology, you do your best to accept the apology and to forgive. So. Okay, Marilyn. Apology accepted.


Except, except, except. Can you guys please stop with the fake outrage and the Margaret Dumont “well, I NEVER” when it’s pointed out that there is a streak of racism in the scrotum nuzzler—sorry, I meant to say “tea bagger”—”movement” that’s more pervasive than the fat and connective tissue in a chunk of beef deckle?

Face it. “Birthers” cannot STAND that these Untied States of America finally broke that ceiling and elected an African-American as President. They’re a bunch of bald-faced racists. That’s at least 65 percent of what motivates them.

All Marylin Davenport did for us was to allow us a peek behind that not very opaque curtain.

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