Senate Staff Researcher Suspended Over Anti-Obama E-Mail

Juliana D. Norwood, Our Weekly (Los Angeles), December 9, 2010

According to the Associated Press (AP), Louisiana State Senate researcher Tammy Crain-Waldrop was recently suspended without pay, after sending an e-mail to hundreds of government workers apparently trying to show President Barack Obama depicted as a White man with pale skin, blue eyes and fine brown hair.

The e-mail said “Do you like him any better now? No? Me neither. . . . Then you’re not a racist.”

The e-mail was an effort to show that anybody who doesn’t support the president, doesn’t necessarily have to be a racist, and that Obama’s being Black holds no bearing on the dislike.

Several African-American government employees who received the e-mail replied expressing how offensive the message was.

Immediately after the original message was sent, Crain-Waldrop sent another message apologizing and saying she sent it to the state capitol e-mail box by mistake, but she was still suspended without pay pending an investigation.




This image found on Google, is an example of the doctored images circulating on the internet which portray President Barack Obama as a white man.


Senate President Joel Chaisson announced the punishment Tuesday for Senate researcher Tammy Crain-Waldrop. She can return to work Jan. 3 and must send a written apology to Senate and House staff and lawmakers. She also will have to attend diversity training.



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