INGLEWOOD (CBS) — Black leaders in the Southland redoubled their efforts Monday to have a tea party activist thrown off the Orange County Central Committee for sending out an e-mail picture of President Barack Obama’s face on the body of a baby chimpanzee.

KNX 1070’s Mike Landa Reports

Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson, Los Angeles Civil Rights Association President Eddie Jones and four other black community leaders planned to hold a news conference in Inglewood early Tuesday afternoon to detail their plans.

Hutchinson said the news conference participants would demand a meeting with Orange County GOP Chair Scott Baugh so they can press him to expel Marilyn Davenport from the central committee.

Davenport, a Fullerton resident, recently e-mailed a picture of Obama’s face superimposed over a baby chimp’s face with the caption, “Now you know why — No birth certificate!”

O.C. Weekly political blogger R. Scott Moxley reported on the email, causing civil rights activists and some Republicans, including Baugh, to call for Davenport to resign from the Central Committee — something she has refused to do.

“I saw the e-mail and I thought it was despicable,” Baugh told the O.C. Weekly.

He told the Los Angeles Times he received the Davenport email Friday afternoon and sent a reply telling her it was “dripping with racism and is in very poor taste.” He said he thought the Orange County Republican’s ethics committee should take up the matter.

But Hutchinson suggested Baugh hasn’t done nearly enough.

“Davenport sent out a racist, inflammatory and despicable photo … Davenport’s depiction and Baugh’s inaction to date mock the GOP’s repeated contention that the GOP vigorously condemns racism,” he said on the eve of his news conference.

In a joint statement with Jones, he added: “Baugh’s refusal to take action to expel Davenport from the GOP’s top policy-making body is a blatant endorsement of racism by a GOP top official.”

The NAACP has also called for Davenport’s resignation. Davenport has denied that her intent was racist.

When Moxley reached her for comment, Davenport reportedly said, “You’re not going to make a big deal about this, are you? Oh, come on! Everybody who knows me knows I am not a racist. It was a joke. I have friends who are black.”

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Comments (12)
  1. quadguy says:

    Great point bernice! I totally agree!

    1. Mrs. Bernice Johnson says:

      Thank you. What quad do you hang out at? Or are you a fan of quadraphonic sound?

  2. Julie Ann Stephens says:

    A typical reply from someone that does’nt even know how to spell. I’m no fan of Obama, but It’s hard to believe a grown woman sent this picture. I can say some other terrible comments but that would just drop me down to her level. I consider myself to have way more class than that.


    This woman has a complete lack of compassion for her fellow man. She needs to educate herself in some spirituality if she can even comprehend the meaning of heart and soul. I pray for The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA to stay strong in these troubled times. Our President O’BAMA has had to with stand the worse kind of bigotry and remains tall an proud of the man he knows he is. That takes real character. To send an E-MAIL takes a computer with no brains.

  4. Redeemed says:

    It is what it is…Racism and Hate Email! Marilyn Davenport is hiding behind free speech but her Red Neck is speaking louder.

  5. citizen says:

    She should resign.

  6. uFools says:

    You stupid American – Marilyne Davenport

  7. Ron says:

    There are a lot of things that the NAACP says or pushes, that I don’t agree with. But this is 1 senior white male(Non-Democrat) that agrees, that she should step down.

  8. Williiam Fowler says:

    Emails circulated that compared George W Bush to a monkey. Some kind of double-standard going on here?

  9. Pat E. says:

    Hmmm, she claims she’s not a racist, it was a joke and that she has black friends. I’m just wondering…did she send that e-mail to them? (her black friends) And, if not, then why not? I think we all know the answer to that.

  10. puro pedo says:

    LOL!!!!! The baby sure is ugly!!!!!

  11. angela says:

    Why didnt they freak out when a black man made the same chimp montage about Bush?

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