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Sen. Diane Black is portraying herself as a great friend to dark-skinned people of the planet, just in case anyone might conclude she's racist because her staffer emailed that picture showing President Obama as a pair of white eyes peering out of the darkness like a spook. To hear her tell it, she's a combination of Florence Nightingale
and Albert Schweitzer. Who knew?
"It absolutely does not reflect any of my beliefs," she says of the email that her staffer sent on a state computer to a bunch of her Republican buddies. "This is, believe me, not at all anything having to do with being derogatory toward someone in a minority."
In fact, Black says, she's "reached out to people all over this world" as a nurse. As evidence of her racist-free heart, she cites her trips to Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Guatemala. She went deep into the jungles of Guatemala like a great white bwana to help babies.
"I spent time in Haiti during the time of Aristide working with people
with black skin who needed medical help," she says. And if that's not enough, her family once hosted a Brazilian exchange student in their home. Wow!
This reminds Pith
of the time Robin Smith defended herself against accusations of racial insensitivity by telling how she's so amazingly color blind that she took along her son's black friend on a beach vacation.
Are Tennessee Republicans racist? Bloggers keep saying it.
They're bringing up the blackbird mailer and the Barack the Magic Negro CD, and the Barack Hussein Obama press release, etc., etc. "That is just silly," Black scoffs.