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Racist Republicans Strike Again, This Time in Isle of Wight County


Republicans forwarding racist emails? Haven’t we seen this movie before? Well, yes we have (in 2010 in the Virginia Beach Republican Committee). And now, we’re seeing it again, yet again involving…yes, Republicans (of course).

Racially tinged emails forwarded by two officials in this rural county have led to turmoil on the Board of Supervisors and the School Board, calls for the officials’ resignations, and may contribute to the departure of the schools superintendent.

Byron “Buzz” Bailey, vice chairman of the Board of Supervisors, and School Board member Herbert DeGroft are being asked to resign by county, school and NAACP leaders. They’re being criticized for sending to county officials copies of emails that community leaders have called disrespectful to African Americans. Bailey and DeGroft are white.

See to the right and below for videos about all this (plus, as an added bonus, a “joke” about the Confederacy rising again – hahahaha…not), including descriptions of the racist emails targeting First Lady Michele Obama (let’s just say, these racists are NOT subtle). Also click here for citizens’ comments starting at around 5:55, and click here for a 5/23 Daily Press article about Vice Chairman Bailey refusing to resign. Finally, note that Del. Rick Morris (R-Isle of Wight), who represents Isle of Wight in the House of Delegates, hasn’t uttered a peep about any of this — even though Morris used to be chair of the Isle of Wight County Republican Committee, which means he (obviously) knows all these individuals, maybe even shares a similar sense of “humor” (which would explain why he hasn’t said anything)? Hmmmmm.

  • Elaine in Roanoke

    There bigots evidently can’t grasp the concept of “representative government.” Supervisors and school board members represent the entire community, not just their race. Isle of Wight has 25% or more African-American citizens who also deserve representation.

    Do you notice how people caught doing such reprehensible things apologize for their actions and words only after they get caught or called out? If they really thought the behavior was a “mistake,” they wouldn’t have done it in the first place. If they hadn’t been outed, they would have continued doing the very same thing.

    I was most disgusted by the chair of the board of supervisors saying about what Bailey said at a budget workshop, “Perhaps it wasn’t the best way to break the tension.” That comment belittled the appropriate response of the school superintendent and made light of the incident.  

  • libra

    The “jokes” were meant to be political? Let me make sure that I understand political jokes… Suppose I forwarded a picture of a series of horse stalls, with the tails showing over the half doors, and titled it “Ann Romney and her family, at lunch”. Would that be an acceptable “political joke” to send around?