She writes the following in celebration of last night's election results:
Now we have a first lady so closely related to the Gorilla species that it’s amazing she’s walking upright.
And then she asks, "WTF does a gorilla have to do with racism?" To follow up on the defense, she then compares Michelle Obama to cannibal, a [fictional] caveman, and a woman with an jaw deformity. And anyway, a bunch of other people on the internet called her a monkey. You can't be racist if the Google links to you!
OK, I guess I may be overly sensitive. Let's ask the Anti-Defamation League what they think.
Racism has existed throughout human history. It may be defined as the hatred of one person by another -- or the belief that another person is less than human -- because of skin color, language, customs, place of birth or any factor that supposedly reveals the basic nature of that person.
Jews are usually seen by anti-Semites as subhuman but also superhuman: devilishly cunning, skilled, and powerful. Blacks and others are seen by racists as merely subhuman, more like beasts than men. If the focus of anti-Semitism is evil, the focus of racism is inferiority -- directed toward those who have sometimes been considered to lack even the ability to be evil (though in the 20th century, especially, victims of racism are often considered morally degraded).
Hmmm, didn't Erin just say that it's amazing that Mrs. Obama can walk upright? That's kinda like describing her more of a "beast" than a human, wouldn't you say?
No, I can't see why anyone would think she was being racist.
Update: Well Erin, look it it this way:
"Today the American people have made their voices heard, and they have said, 'Things are finally as terrible as we're willing to tolerate," said Obama, addressing a crowd of unemployed, uninsured, and debt-ridden supporters. "To elect a black man, in this country, and at this time—these last eight years must have really broken you."
--- The Onion
...and with that, I probably wrote the worse single blog post to congratulate Barack Obama on his victory.
Further Update: Well, she quickly pulled down the post, and posted a snippy diatribe about how it is unfair that she can't make a little joke about how a black person is barely evolved without having people conclude that she was making a comment that black people are barely evolved.
Maybe I should send her a ticket to the Jim Crow Museum in Michigan.