Via Talking Points Memo…
Conservative Activist Forwards Racist Pic Showing Obama As Witch Doctor
The election of our first black president has brought with it a strange proliferation of online racism among conservatives.
And we’ve got the latest example.
On Sunday night, Dr. David McKalip forwarded to fellow members of a Google listserv affiliated with the Tea Party movement the image below. Above it, he wrote: “Funny stuff.”
[Click on the image to view it full-size.]
Now, Tea Party activists trafficking in racist imagery are pretty much dog bites man. But McKalip isn’t just some random winger. He’s a Florida neurosurgeon, who serves as a member of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates.
He’s also an energetic conservative opponent of health-care reform. McKalip founded the anti-reform group Doctors For Patient Freedom, as well as what seems to be a now defunct group called Cut Taxes Now. Last month he joined GOP congressmen Tom Price and Phil Gingrey, among others, for a virtual town hall to warn about the coming “government takeover of medicine.” And in a recent anti-reform op-ed published in the St. Petersburg Times, McKalip wrote that “Congress wants to create larger, government-funded programs for health care and more bureaucracy that ration care and impose cookbook medicine.”
Unfortunately, as the quoted article indicates, this is by no means an isolated incident. This goes on all the time. In fact, something along the same lines is occurring right now here locally…
Grand Prairie NAACP official gets harassing letter after addressing e-mail investigation
GRAND PRAIRIE – While Grand Prairie police continue their internal inquiry of three officers and a civilian employee over a racist e-mail referencing President Barack Obama, the head of the city’s NAACP chapter now wants them to investigate a harassing letter she found on her doorstep Wednesday.
Angela Luckey said that the “disturbing” handwritten letter, which does not threaten her outright, has her “very concerned” because it came just hours after she appeared on WFAA-TV to talk about the pending e-mail investigation.
The letter reads, “WARNING, GO BACK TO AFRICA AND TAKE YOUR FAMILY WITH YOU. TELL OBAMA THAT HA HA HA AND TAKE HIM WITH YOU [N-word].”
Luckey turned the letter over to investigators Wednesday afternoon, moments after a news conference on the steps of the police department in which she discussed both the letter and e-mail investigation.
Grand Prairie police have placed the three officers and the civilian dispatcher on administrative leave pending the outcome of that inquiry. Officials have said a fourth officer may also be included in the inquiry, pending that officer’s return from vacation.
The e-mail, which appears to be a racist joke forwarded from outside the department, refers to Air Force One as “(N-word) One” and says that Obama will not be in office long because it’s well known that black men can’t keep a job for four years.
(Grand Prairie is a suburb of Dallas.)
I have a directory on my hard drive that contains the anti-Obama images I have found online since he took office. Most are from right-wing blogs and most are very racist in nature. I may publish them someday, but not today.
I remember being accused of having “Bush Derangement Syndrome” whenever I would disagree with George W. Bush while he was in office. I don’t know whether I did or not. I don’t think so. I didn’t hate George W. Bush. I just disagreed with nearly everything he said and did. Whatever I may have had, though, was a very minor scratch compared to the hatred, bitterness and vitriol now emanating from the right wing of the Republican party toward our current President.
And it’s only going to get worse.