The racist emails that caused Ferguson police officials and a city clerk to either lose their jobs or resign have finally been released.
Many assumed the emails had to be serious when considering the resignation of their top staff, but the emails are even worse than expected.
The e-mails, released to The Washington Post in response to a public-records request, were sent and received by Mary Ann Twitty, who was Ferguson’s court clerk, as well as former Ferguson police captain Rick Henke and former police sergeant William Mudd.
All three were removed from their jobs after the Department of Justice discovered the e-mails, which prompted an internal investigation by city officials.
The e-mails — all sent between 2008 and 2011 — are primarily e-mail forwards containing insensitive and offensive jokes. One of the e-mails, sent by Twitty to both men as well as a third recipient with the subject line “Insensitive One Liners,” included the lines: “There’s a new Muslim clothing shop that opened in our shopping center, but they threw me out after I asked if I could look at some of the bomber jackets.”
In a message dated Tuesday, April 19, 2011, Twitty forwarded a message titled “Very Rare Photo” that included an image of former president Ronald Reagan feeding a baby monkey. Beneath the photo is the caption: “Rare photo of Ronald Reagan babysitting Barack Obama in early 1962.”
Another e-mail Twitty sent both men on March 1, 2010, included a short story titled “Leroy’s last child support payment.”
In an e-mail that Mudd forwarded to Twitty — which she then forwarded to others — in May 2011, the body of the message declares:
“A black woman in New Orleans was admitted into the hospital [for] pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received a check for $5,000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from. The hospital said, ‘Crimestoppers.’”
Another, sent by Mudd on June 7, 2011, included a photo of two dogs and compared them to welfare recipients.
In an e-mail written Nov. 14, 2008, Henke wrote to a recipient whose identity was redacted in the records, that “we shouldn’t worry about him being president for very long because what black man holds a steady job for four years.”
The blatant racism, hate, and ignorance behind these emails were sent by top government officials within the Ferguson county. Its hard for someone to see these emails and not feel like race wasn’t a factor in the murder of Michael Brown.
No wonder they just released the emails. Continue to keep Ferguson in your prayers. How do you feel about these emails? Comment below. #MakeAStatement