Sherri Goforth, an administrative assistant to state Sen. Diane Black, sent out a racist email entitled “Historical Keepsake Photo” that depicted Barack Obama as a “spook”. Read more and see more photos below.
The historical keepsake racist joke email consisted of a collage of portraits of the previous 43 United States Presidents. The racist email was posted to the internet on Monday.
Sherri Goforth admitted to sending the e-mail May 28 with the title “Historical Keepsake Photo.” She said she mistakenly sent it “to the wrong list of people.”
A Nashville newpaper said aa note on the e-mail said it was paid for by the Tennessee Republican Party, but GOP officials denied that they produced it.
“I want people to know that the communication was sent without my knowledge, and that … this does not reflect my beliefs or my values or my opinions, and I won’t tolerate those kind of communications coming from my office,” Diane Black told CNN affiliate WKRN-TV in Nashville.
Sen. Black rebuked Sherri Goforth but didn’t dismiss her as of yet.
Goforth told Christian Grantham of the Web site Nashville Is Talking that she had received a letter of reprimand from her superiors but will remain on the job.
Grantham said Goforth told him she felt “very bad about accidentally sending it to the wrong list” of people.
“I went on the wrong e-mail and I inadvertently hit the wrong button,” Grantham quoted Goforth as saying. “I’m very sick about it, and it’s one of those things I can’t change or take back.”
State Rep. Johnny Shaw, D-Bolivar, a member of the black and Democratic caucuses, told WKRN-TV that Goforth should be fired.
“I don’t think a reprimand is enough. I think this lady needs to go. I don’t think she should be a part of the people who represent the state of Tennessee,” Shaw said.
Shaw stated to CNN that Goforth and Black, as well as Republican Lt. Gov. and Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey, should make public apologies for the incident.
“I am appalled. It’s despicable. It’s disgusting. It should not have happened but it does happen,” Shaw said. “It is the president of our country that we’re talking about.”
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