Even in this era of coarse, crude and vile hate speech, it is stunning to note the actions of Orange County Republican Central Committee official Marilyn Davenport, who circulated a photograph in which she superimposed the image of President Obama on an ape with the caption, “Now you know why no birth certificate.”
Ms. Davenport has apologized for this outrage, but astonishingly, she adamantly denies that the depiction of our leader was racist in nature, classifying it instead as “satire.” I wonder what type of person would appreciate the “satire” and find it amusing.
I suggest that Ms. Davenport may have been more at home in the Deep South of the pre-Civil Rights era, where very few would have entertained the notion that a minority could run for the office of president and win. I would also suggest that the real primate in this disgrace is Ms. Davenport, not the president.
OREN M. SPIEGLER
Upper Saint Clair, Pa.
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