Thursday, December 27, 2012
Mockery of Obama policies is "Racist"?
Commissioner John Sims publicly apologized Tuesday night for a racially charged comment he posted on his Facebook page that angered commissioners and residents.
The comment Sims posted Nov. 30 read: "Just wanted to let you know ... today I received my 2013 Social Security Stimulus Package. It contained two tomato seeds, cornbread mix, two discount coupons to KFC, an 'Obama Hope & Change' bumper sticker, a prayer rug, a machine to blow smoke up my ass and a 'Blame it on Bush' poster for the front yard. The directions were in Spanish. Yours should arrive soon."
Newly elected Mayor Greg Ross made a last-minute decision to add the item to the city's workshop meeting after he received an outpouring of email from outraged residents.
Sims said he did not come up with the post on his own; rather, he reposted it from another site. "The post was done as a humorous commentary," he said. "I deeply regret that I failed to consider that some might find it offensive."
Another resident, Christine Timmons, defended Sims, saying he should not be humiliated for exercising his right to free speech. "Every time a white person opens his mouth, people say, 'Oh, he's a racist,'" said Timmons, who is black. "He can say what he wants to say. He's got a right to free speech like anyone else."