Two stories from the past few days have me wondering whether Republicans are stupid as a box of rocks or literally can’t stop themselves from broadcasting their racism (or both). Grown people are very concerned about young people who don’t think before they post information and pictures online. The media needs to focus some energy on reminding adults that what happens on the Internet stays on the Internet.
First, prominent South Carolina Republican activist Rusty DePass left a racist comment on the Facebook status update of Trey Walker, an advisor to S.C. Attorney General Henry McMaster. The website Fitsnews.com obtained a screencap of the exchange (before it was removed), and word spread – to South Carolina media outlets and then CNN and The New York Daily News.
The First Lady is a gorilla. Hardy har har. Once the story gained considerable media attention, DePass “apologized,” saying “I am as sorry as I can be if I offended anyone. The comment was clearly in jest.” We’ve got a two-fer here: He’s sorry if he offended anyone. If a racist makes a racist remark and nobody is offended, is it still racism? (If a tree falls in the woods… ?) And it was a joke. Racist jokes are still racist!