Tennessee Hospitality Association CEO Walt Baker sent out an e-mail about meeting Tarzan at the store to a select group of friends and business associates. He noted, “I don’t care who you are, this is funny!” The e-mail included the following line:
I asked about Cheeta, he beamed and said she was doing good, had married a Lawyer and now lived in the White House!!!
He included a photograph of a chimpanzee and Mrs. Obama side-by-side.
Baker later wrote an “apology” that the e-mail was not intended to be malicious or hurtful in any way. He also wrote that he was “saddened” that anyone “misinterpreted” his e-mail. In interviews, he says that he does not consider himself to be bigoted, racially insensitive or racist. And a friend was called in to vouch that there “isn’t a racist bone in his body” (just like the Towson adjunct).
On behalf of those of us who have reclaimed Our Country™, I wish to welcome Walt Baker. Next time, if you don’t want to be considered bigoted, racially insensitive or racist, don’t do bigoted, racially insensitive or racist things. It’s that simple.