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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.

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