Little did I know that Tea Party activist Marilyn Davenport stole the “I can’t be racist, I have a Black friend” line almost word*for*word. Congratulations, Ms. Davenport! Her actual words:
“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.”
Let’s see if everything on the “I can’t be racist” list can be checked off:
√ You don’t know me (so you don’t know if I’m really a racist or not)
√ You don’t get the joke (you must not have a sense of humor)
√ I have friends who are Black (sometimes stated as “my Black friends thought it was funny/didn’t think it was racist)
√ Oops, I only meant to send this to friends (who I think are racist like me)
What was the outcry about? This photo that was attached to her email. It was a supposed to be a birther’s “joke” about questioning Obama’s birth certificate.