Federal Chief Judge Admits to Sending Racially Charged Anti- Obama Email
The chief federal judge of Montana on Wednesday admitted to sending a racially charged email about President Barack Obama that seems to compare African-Americans to dogs, but denied circulating the note because it was racist, saying he only did it because it was “anti-Obama.”
The email, first obtained by the Great Falls Tribune, was forwarded by Chief U.S. District Judge Richard Cebull last week from his court email account to seven recipients — including his own personal email address — under the subject line, “A MOM’S MEMORY.”
“Normally I don’t send or forward a lot of these, but even by my standards, it was a bit touching. I want all of my friends to feel what I felt when I read this. Hope it touches your heart like it did mine,” Cebull’s email begins.
The text continues on to this joke: “A little boy said to his mother; ‘Mommy, how come I’m black and you’re white?’ His mother replied, ‘Don’t even go there Barack! From what I can remember about that party, you’re lucky you don’t bark!’”
In an interview with the Tribune, Cebull acknowledged that the email was racist but maintained that he doesn’t consider himself a racist and that the note was meant to remain private.
“The only reason I can explain it to you is I am not a fan of our president, but this goes beyond not being a fan,” the judge told the publication. “I didn’t send it as racist, although that’s what it is. I sent it out because it’s anti-Obama.”
He also offered an apology, saying he could “understand why people would be offended.”
Cebull was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 and has been the chief judge since 2008.
Let’s forget the absolute disrespect for the President for a moment. Here’s the thing. When you’re a judge, a sitting judge, you shouldn’t get to claim ignorance of racist language written in an email that you forwarded. He knew. I don’t give two shits what he said, he knew that that was racist. This is absolute crap. Sent by a FEDERAL CHIEF JUDGE no less. Yep, this kind of crap really makes Black folks think they’re getting a fair run in the system. Yep.