The Rev. Al Sharpton is calling on the resignation of a California Republican who sent out an email depicting President Barack Obama as a monkey.
Marilyn Davenport’s message included an image of three monkeys dressed and posing as a family. The face of the smallest animal was replaced with that of the president. The email read, “Now you know why no birth certificate.”
“What she said was downright ugly. She has had a totally unrepentant attitude and she should go immediately,” Al said.
Although Marilyn has apologized, Al and others do not believe it expressed adequate remorse.
“I am an imperfect Christian lady who tries her best to live a Christ-like, honoring life. I would never do anything to intentionally harm or berate others regardless of ethnicity. So I ask for your forgiveness, for I am truly sorry,” said Marilyn, who claims she only forwarded the email to friends she didn’t think would be offended.
Marilyn has no plans to leave her position. “I will not resign my Central Committee position over this matter that the average person knows and agrees is much to do about nothing,” she said.
Al is not the only person calling for Marilyn’s resignation. The Orange County Ethics Committee is investigating the incident, according to RadarOnline. However, that’s not to suggest she’s been completely ousted by her party.
“The Marilyn Davenport I know is actually a lovely and sweet woman, and I doubt that she is a racist. … Sadly, she does not understand the gravity of the offense,” said Orange County Republican Party Chair Scott Baugh.
-Tracy L. Scott
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