A prominent South Carolina Republican [Rusty DePass] killed his Facebook page Sunday after being caught likening the First Lady to an escaped gorilla. Commenting on a report posted to Facebook about a gorilla escape at a zoo in Columbia, S.C., Friday, longtime GOP activist Rusty DePass wrote, “I’m sure it’s just one of Michelle’s ancestors – probably harmless.”
He, like most white racist commentators these days, of course apologized, and guess what, claimed:
“I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.”
Odd, how joking is supposted to make blatant racism OK….. DePass is not a small fish, but
former chairman of the Richland County GOP, was an early backer of George W. Bush and co-chairman of Rudy Giuliani’s 2008 campaign in Richland County, the state’s largest.
And, of course, the other prominent Republicans are pressing him to apologize:
Eric Davis, the current chairman of the Richland County Republicans, said his predecessor should get a pass. “Everyone says stupid things they regret later. I think the world should move on,” he said.
Racism is just no big deal for many white Americans. See too how that old white racial frame is powerful, as whites just cannot seem to let go of the ape imagery for Americans of color. This stuff is hundreds of years old. One finds it in Thomas Jefferson’s Notes on the State of Virginia, our first major book by our first secular intellectual–and white supremacist thinker.
Why are white men so slow to learn about what is blatantly racist in our post-racial America?