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Conservative Activist Forwards Racist Pic Showing Obama As Witch Doctor

By Zachary Roth - July 23, 2009, 10:34AM

The election of our first black president has brought with it a strange proliferation of online racism among conservatives.

And we’ve got the latest example.

On Sunday night, Dr. David McKalip forwarded to fellow members of a Google listserv affiliated with the Tea Party movement the image below. Above it, he wrote: “Funny stuff.”

Now, Tea Party activists trafficking in racist imagery are pretty much dog bites man. But McKalip isn’t just some random winger. He’s a Florida neurosurgeon, who serves as a member of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates.

He’s also an energetic conservative opponent of health-care reform. McKalip founded the anti-reform group Doctors For Patient Freedom, as well as what seems to be a now defunct group called Cut Taxes Now. Last month he joined GOP congressmen Tom Price and Phil Gingrey, among others, for a virtual town hall to warn about the coming “government takeover of medicine.” And in a recent anti-reform op-ed published in the St. Petersburg Times, McKalip wrote that “Congress wants to create larger, government-funded programs for health care and more bureaucracy that ration care and impose cookbook medicine.”

Asked about the email in a brief phone interview with TPMmuckraker, McKalip said he believes that by depicting the president as an African witch doctor, the “artist” who created the image “was expressing concerns that the health-care proposals [made by President Obama] would make the quality of medical care worse in our country.” McKalip said he didn’t know who created it.

But pressed on what was funny about an image that plays on racist stereotypes about Africans, McKalip declined to say, instead offering to talk about why he opposes Obama’s health-care proposals.

“I have a busy day,” he said eventually, before ending the call.

Late Update: An emailer points us to a picture of a Papua New Guinea tribesman wearing identical head-dress, feathers, and clothes to the man in the image forwarded by McKalip. So that suggests that McKalip’s image was based on a Papua New Guinean, rather than an African. But it seems unlikely that McKalip himself was aware of this when he forwarded the email. It was he who first used the term “witch doctor” in our phone interview, and he didn’t quibble with our suggestion that the image played on stereotypes of Africans.

Late Late Update: A blogger at Daily Kos has gotten a statement from the American Medical Association, which reads:

Delegates to the American Medical Association are selected through their individual state and specialty societies, and their individual views and actions do not, in any way, represent the official view of the AMA. We condemn any actions or comments that are racist, discriminatory or unprofessional.

The same blogger also reports:

I just got a call from the Director of Corporate Communications at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Pete and she's livid about what Dr. McKalip has done--he's works in the hospital. She said that she is an African American herself and the hospital will be investigating this matter!! I called earlier and left her a message. YAY!!!

We just made our own call to the communications director at Bayfront, Kanika Tomalin, and she wasn’t willing to go quite that far. She said the issue was being “handled internally” but declined to elaborate, beyond stressing that though McKalip works at Bayfront, he does not speak for the hospital.

Late 7/24/09 Update: McKalip has now apologized. But not before blaming liberal activists for touting the e-mail.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/07/conservative_activist_forwards_racist_pic_showing.php

Quote OspreyGirl: Conservative Activist Forwards Racist Pic Showing Obama As Witch Doctor

By Zachary Roth - July 23, 2009, 10:34AM

The election of our first black president has brought with it a strange proliferation of online racism among conservatives.

And we’ve got the latest example.

On Sunday night, Dr. David McKalip forwarded to fellow members of a Google listserv affiliated with the Tea Party movement the image below. Above it, he wrote: “Funny stuff.”

Now, Tea Party activists trafficking in racist imagery are pretty much dog bites man. But McKalip isn’t just some random winger. He’s a Florida neurosurgeon, who serves as a member of the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates.

He’s also an energetic conservative opponent of health-care reform. McKalip founded the anti-reform group Doctors For Patient Freedom, as well as what seems to be a now defunct group called Cut Taxes Now. Last month he joined GOP congressmen Tom Price and Phil Gingrey, among others, for a virtual town hall to warn about the coming “government takeover of medicine.” And in a recent anti-reform op-ed published in the St. Petersburg Times, McKalip wrote that “Congress wants to create larger, government-funded programs for health care and more bureaucracy that ration care and impose cookbook medicine.”

Asked about the email in a brief phone interview with TPMmuckraker, McKalip said he believes that by depicting the president as an African witch doctor, the “artist” who created the image “was expressing concerns that the health-care proposals [made by President Obama] would make the quality of medical care worse in our country.” McKalip said he didn’t know who created it.

But pressed on what was funny about an image that plays on racist stereotypes about Africans, McKalip declined to say, instead offering to talk about why he opposes Obama’s health-care proposals.

“I have a busy day,” he said eventually, before ending the call.

Late Update: An emailer points us to a picture of a Papua New Guinea tribesman wearing identical head-dress, feathers, and clothes to the man in the image forwarded by McKalip. So that suggests that McKalip’s image was based on a Papua New Guinean, rather than an African. But it seems unlikely that McKalip himself was aware of this when he forwarded the email. It was he who first used the term “witch doctor” in our phone interview, and he didn’t quibble with our suggestion that the image played on stereotypes of Africans.

Late Late Update: A blogger at Daily Kos has gotten a statement from the American Medical Association, which reads:

Delegates to the American Medical Association are selected through their individual state and specialty societies, and their individual views and actions do not, in any way, represent the official view of the AMA. We condemn any actions or comments that are racist, discriminatory or unprofessional.

The same blogger also reports:

I just got a call from the Director of Corporate Communications at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Pete and she's livid about what Dr. McKalip has done--he's works in the hospital. She said that she is an African American herself and the hospital will be investigating this matter!! I called earlier and left her a message. YAY!!!

We just made our own call to the communications director at Bayfront, Kanika Tomalin, and she wasn’t willing to go quite that far. She said the issue was being “handled internally” but declined to elaborate, beyond stressing that though McKalip works at Bayfront, he does not speak for the hospital.

Late 7/24/09 Update: McKalip has now apologized. But not before blaming liberal activists for touting the e-mail.

tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/07/conservative_activist_forwards_racist_pic_showing.php


Ahhhhhhh, those “pesky” liberal activist are at “it” again.

i was appalled when i saw the pic, these people are just evil

editing to say, glad you are reading those sited

you have to watch john stewart, he is on a few times during the day, he was showing a clip on the lou dobbs show, a female newscaster, her last name is pilgrim, reported definitively, obama was born in the us, lou should watch his own show the buffoon

Quote cats meow: you have to watch john stewart, he is on a few times during the day, he was showing a clip on the lou dobbs show, a female newscaster, her last name is pilgrim, reported definitively, obama was born in the us, lou should watch his own show the buffoon
ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!KEITH OBERMAN will be ALL OVER this. He will be "salivating" and LOU DOBBS will be on the WORST PERSON in the WORLD segment, can't wait. Thanks, CATS...................................
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Quote cats meow: you have to watch john stewart, he is on a few times during the day, he was showing a clip on the lou dobbs show, a female newscaster, her last name is pilgrim, reported definitively, obama was born in the us, lou should watch his own show the buffoon
ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!KEITH OBERMAN will be ALL OVER this. He will be "salivating" and LOU DOBBS will be on the WORST PERSON in the WORLD segment, can't wait. Thanks, CATS...................................
Keith Olberman can be trusted to present issues that he backs by facts, research and sites specific places to go to do your own research. He is so opposite to these reactionaries who are so in love with themselves and the sound of their own voice. They think that 'riling' the troups with their own negative slant on things will make a big impact. They only impact like-minded people, not those who can think for themselves.

this crap really scares me, these wing nuts are racist and then some, and they claim to be Christian

You Obots need to get off your high horse…if that was George Bush or Cheney in that picture you know would be laughing your a$$e$ off.

If you go to this site you can see gobs of pictures of Bush that went out to the media. Quit your whining!!

//politicalhumor.about.com/library/images/blbushchimpanzee.htm

Some of the other Racist Obama Cartoons

www.politicsdaily.com/2009/02/19/the-five-most-racist-obama-cartoons/

-Monkey Cartoon
-Terrorist Fist Jab
-Obama Waffles
-Wright/Africa
-Suicide Obama
-Obama Waterboard Osama
-Obama Bucks
-Curious George Obama
-Obama the Witch Doctor

This isn’t an issue of those that support the Democratic party being offended…this is an issue of how cowards who hide behind keyboards could have the disgusting audacity to create such offensive and vulgar displays of “satire”…and when people find offense to such vulgarity, they are labeled as being overly sensitive and liberal.

Only cowards and low lifes would think that any of these so-called cartoons evoke humor in any way. It’s a constant reminder both here and around the world that within America, there are groups of a@@holes like this Conservative doctor who are too much of a punk to show these cartoons to people of color, or say the hateful things they write and read online to the faces of those they ridicule. Instead they clutch to their keyboards, their drug of choice, and their self hatred as the fuel to spread such hateful commentary.

Anyone who believes this garbage is entertainment should seriously be tried as domestic terrorists. No good can come from a bunch of jerks who think that creating garbage like this is a first amendment “right.” Those cartoons are not expressions of art, they are expressions of inciting mob violence towards people of color, and most specifically, the President of the United States.

And exactly what point of emphasis do any of these cartoons serve–showing the US President dressed as a witch doctor in the argument against his proposed healthcare reform? That has got to be the dumbest thing I’ve ever seen and heard. Anyone who thinks themselves to be both a supporter of this crap AND a rational human being needs to just call Satan right now to take them straight to h@ll because that’s where evil like this is headed and belongs. You can’t expect to live a good life and breathe out hatred like this…there are no excuses for this garbage!

I’m describing the never ending, “Hatfields/McCoy’s” type feud between Victor Newman and Jack Abbott, it’s like the roadrunner and the coyote always trying to outwit, outthink, outlast each other…they are both constantly using so much energy to take each other down! If just a fraction of their negativity was turned into positive energy, it could create enough electricity to light the world, 10 times over!!! Just have a boxing match till death do you part and get it over with, gees!!!

First Look at Spoilers: Week of 05/10/2010

Stephen vows to make Stephanie pay, holding her responsible for Beth's demise.
Whip warns Oliver about Steffy.
Hope and Oliver hit a milestone in their relationship when he calls her his girlfriend for the first time.
Brooke and Taylor argue over Steffy.
When Ridge walks in on the heated altercation between his wife and his ex, he is horrified by what Brooke says about his daughter, putting himself in the middle of the conflict.
Brooke has a comical daydream that foretells her future.
Steffy's plan to embarrass Hope at the Hope for the Future press conference are thwarted by Oliver.
Undaunted, Steffy plots with Pam to find a new way to humiliate Hope.
Hope's put on the spot when her teleprompter goes out… and things get worse when a lighting problem has her promoting "Ho for the Future."
Hope realizes that Steffy is behind the prank.
All hell breaks loose in the wake of Steffy and Pam's prank, leaving Ridge caught between his two daughters and their mothers.
Steffy plots to rid Forrester Creations of Hope and Brooke, using Oliver as a pawn in her treachery.
Steffy's plans delight her grandma Stephanie.
Jackie continues to pressure Bridget to hold firm with their deception.
Bridget's pregnancy faces danger of ending prematurely.
In view of the potential danger, Bridget and Jackie agree that to tell Owen and Nick who the real father is if the baby goes to term.

Lwd, here we go again! Is Ridge ever anywhere but in the middle? I hope that Steffi creams that stupid idiot, Hope! I am also hoping that Brooke has another nervous breakdown! It won't take much, she is so unglued all of the time anyway! I am so proud of Steffi! You go girl!

I’ve been reading this message board for months and finally decided to post something! lol

Anyways I was watching the Metro Court Crisis on Youtube and realized that the briefcase that Mr. Craig wanted that belonged to Alcazar was an Equinox! Did anybody else realize this and if so wouldn’t this then connect Jerry Jaxs and Alcazar for that matter to the Hospital Crisis and that Equinox has been a threat for quite some time now! Just wondering what other people think about this! :slight_smile:

  • The expansion of the Cortlandt family, since the only Cortlandts left on the show are Caleb, Asher, JR who considers himself to be more of a Chandler than a Cortlandt these days, and AJ JR’s son who is also part Cortlandt too. I would bring back Palmer’s kids like his daughter Nina & her husband Cliff Warner, Petey Cortlandt Palmer’s son with Opal, and his grandchildren like his grandson Bobby Warner, his adopted granddaughter Julie Rand Chandler who is the adopted daughter of Palmer’s son Ross, Julie being the biological daughter of Mark Dalton who is Erica’s half-brother making Julie a Kane woman as well as a Chandler.

For the last person to round out the Cortlandts I would bring back Sam Grey, Bobby’s biological son, making Sam Nina & Cliff’s grandson making him Palmer’s great-grandson.

  • Expand the Martin family by bringing back Tad & Jake’s sister Tara Martin who is also Sam’s biological grandmother as Sam’s biological mother is Kelsey Jefferson who is Tara’s daughter. Tara I would bring her back to be the new matriarch of the Martin clan since Ruth is not here, and I would bring back Tad’s other son Damon’s older brother Jamie Martin.

It is sad that the Pine Valley founding families have been fading away. I was glad when Damon turned out to be Tad’s son so there would be another Martin in town. Writers barely let us get to know him and suddenly he is gone. And yes, Jaime should return to town. Does he even know he has a brother?

Budgets won’t allow the writers to bring back as many relatives as you have suggested but it would be nice to see the return of some of the Martin, Cortlandt and Chandler clans!!

  • Expand the Montgomery family by bringing back Jack’s other kids, Greenlee’s half-brother and half-sister Reggie Montgomery and Lily Montgomery because Greenlee could use having her brother and sister around

  • Expand the teen set because the only teens on the show are Asher, Colby, and Damon so I would bring back Angie’s daughter Cassandra Baxter, SORAS Maria Grey’s daughter Maddie Grey and I would give Julie Rand Chandler a teenage daughter making this new character Julie’s daughter a Kane woman as she would biologically be Erica’s great-niece and Bianca & Kendall’s cousin, as this new character Julie’s daughter would be Ross Chandler’s adopted granddaughter making her Palmer’s great-granddaughter and also making her a Chandler too as she would be Adam’s great-great-niece making her JR’s cousin as well as Colby’s and Scott’s.

Bring back Sean, Lily, Reggie and Molly Montgomery. REmarry Jerica and stop making Erica act like she is 19 years old when it comes to men. Some of my fave moments of Erica is when she is a mom to her kids and to Sean, Lily, and Reggie too. End Rylee. Give Greenlee a HOT man to be with. Put KWAK with Caleb or better yet, ship them and their kids out of town for good. Bring back REAL Courtlandts like Petey, Dixie, etc. Give Tad his Dixie back. Let Adam be back (and allow DC to work a few months a year so he can do both) because this show needs Adam Chandler.

Anyone have any more storylines, if you do, any of your ideas better than the ones seen

WOW!!! What a GREAT idea. I would love to see the MARTIN CHANDLER and CORTLANDT Clan return. It would be GREAT!!! I watched it for a long time from the beginning. Lets build those families up again. I am already tired of Jakes ex her brother the surgeon {even tho hes very cute} Ascher, Caleb RYAN and his constant storyline. Too Much. We need more variety!!!And enough already of Kendall!!

http://soaps.sheknows.com/greysanatomy/news/id/13573/