You would think that a person able to rise to a supervisory level within the Secret Service would have common sense. You'd be wrong. A discrimination lawsuit has revealed that Secret Service supervisors were trading racial jibes and jokes through government email:
In some of the court documents, the senders of the e-mail messages are identified only by the jobs they currently occupy and the rank they held when the messages were sent. For example, an Oct. 9, 2003, message referring to a “Harlem Spelling Bee,” ridiculing black slang, was sent by Thomas Grupski, then assistant director for protective operations, who, according to the filing, now heads the Office of Government Liaison and Public Affairs.
A March 3, 2003, message describing Mr. Jackson as the “Righteous Reverend” was passed among several Secret Service supervisors. The message, about a missile striking an airplane in which Mr. Jackson and his wife were traveling, concludes, it “certainly wouldn’t be a great loss and it probably wouldn’t be an accident either.”
Another message contains what one Secret Service official said was a joke referring to interracial sex. The joke circulated in February and March 2003. It was sent, according to the lawsuit, by Donald White, who heads the Presidential Protective Detail, to Kurt Douglass, an agent in charge of the Secret Service office in Cincinnati.
Really. In this century, as a supervisor of a federal law enforcement agency, how completely moronic do you have to be to send racial jokes through the government email system? Even leaving aside the fact that the emails demonstrate that these supervisors have race issues — which is problematical on all sorts of levels, not the least of which is that there is an excellent chance that their next assignment could be an African-American prez — it just shows such an immense failure of judgment that you have to wonder how they are qualified to supervise anything, and how they can be trusted to protect officials.
I've met enough well-educated racists to know that racism does not always equate with raw stupidity or ignorance. However, as this demonstrates, it certainly raises troublesome questions about judgment.
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