Here's a swell guy. Jim Welker, a state represnetative from the great state of Colorado, has a little emai forwarding problem. No no, not like "Oops, I hit 'reply all!'" Not "I know you hate mass emails but this one made me smile." Not petitions to save Big Bird. No, this guy forwards to his constituents the most bigoted vitriol he can find on the internet.
There have been three forwarded articles that have caused Jimster headaches. Most recently he forwarded some smack from CNS about how the severe, intractable problems in New Orleans post-Katrina are all the fault of "black culture." Previously, he forwarded an article calling black Katrina victims "welfare pampered" and "immoral" and that their "moral poverty" was the real cause of their suffering. That last one was written by a black evangelist, so you know it must be true. (Welker was forced by his own party to apologize on the senate floor for that one.)
The Rocky Mountain News asked our man Welker is he was racist (it had to be asked?) and he of course said no. (If you think you're not racist, bingo.) Like a SNL skit, he used the classic cracker evidence: "I have black people who work for me. Some of my good friends are different colors." Does he work in a bag of Skittles you think? I've never been in the Colorado legislature.
But best of all is what he forwarded a couple years back. "The article Welker forwarded claimed that gay men regularly ingest the
urine and feces of their partners, leading to massive outbreaks of
various diseases," reported Lynn Bartels for Rocky Mountain News (cache link). "It questioned why gays and lesbians were allowed to work with children, the elderly and in the food industry."
Thanks Raw Story for the round-up.