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Obama, Jackson Lee receive racist threats

10:20 pm - 07/19/2011
Secret Service, FBI investigating faxed cartoons.

WASHINGTON — Federal law enforcement agencies led by the U.S. Secret Service and the FBI are investigating the origins of a threatening and racially charged cartoon.

Sent by fax to the White House and the Houston office of Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee depicting nooses and lynching posts intended for the president and the congresswoman.

Beneath a headline which included a racial epithet referring to African-Americans, the one-page cartoon showed two L-shaped lynching posts with "Sheila Jackson Lee" written on one cross bar and "Hussein Obama" written on the second cross bar. The president's full name is Barack Hussein Obama.

The return address on the fax said: "Defecating on Obama."

"We are aware of the cartoon, and we are taking appropriate measures," said Secret Service Special Agent Robert Novy, a spokesman for the agency. "Being a protective intelligence matter, the Secret Service has no further comment."

Jackson Lee said she received the cartoon in her congressional office in Houston.

"We have gotten this sort of thing on a regular basis in the past, but I thought this had a heightened level of provocativeness," she said.

Glenn Rushing, Jackson Lee's chief of staff, said the cartoon arrived by fax in the district office on Saturday - a day after the congresswoman delivered remarks on the House floor questioning whether Republicans were showing "disrespect" toward the president during debt-deficit negotiations because of his race.

Rushing said he referred copies of the threatening pictorial to the House sergeant at arms, former U.S. Secret Service Agent Wilson "Bill" Livingood; U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan; and FBI Director Robert Mueller.

Jackson Lee defended her remarks on the House floor on Friday in which she questioned "the maligning and maliciousness (toward) this president" by Republicans during hard-nosed negotiations over raising the federal debt ceiling.

"Why is this president being treated so disrespectfully?" asked Jackson Lee, a member of the Congressional Black Caucus. "I am particularly sensitive to the fact that only this president - only this one, only this one - has received the kind of attacks and disagreement and inability to work, only this one. Read between the lines."

jugglingeggs 20th-Jul-2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Ew. Wtf is wrong with people? Or more specifically this person. Why would you even do this. And then the return address? Ugh, disgusting.
staringiscaring 20th-Jul-2011 04:22 am (UTC)
I bet it was an older person. I mean, who uses faxes nowadays?
fauxparadiso 20th-Jul-2011 04:36 am (UTC)
Haha, I've been catching up on old Sailor Moon episodes and I loled when a villain faxed hideout directions to Sailor Uranus/Neptune.
evildevil I loled when a villain faxed hideout directions to Sailor Uranus/Neptune.20th-Jul-2011 05:11 am (UTC)
Damn, can you imagine old retired supervillians trying to go back to work under this economy. The world has changed too much for them...
staringiscaring 20th-Jul-2011 07:01 am (UTC)
Ha! Gotta love the 1990s.
dark_puck 20th-Jul-2011 01:43 pm (UTC)
And Umino used the internet!

Back when that was dorky and not mainstream.

....we need a Hipster Umino meme.
fauxparadiso 20th-Jul-2011 04:39 am (UTC)
Some people are hurr durr levels of stupid. You have to be both crazy and dumb as fuck to think that you're going to get away with sending this kind of shit DIRECTLY TO THE WHITE HOUSE. (Which btw is the fax number for the White House that easy to find out for an ordinary person?) It might take some time, but they'll find this person, no doubt.
ttentten 20th-Jul-2011 04:54 am (UTC)
the white house has general phone and fax numbers that are accessible to the public so it probably came through those.

Edited at 2011-07-20 04:57 am (UTC)
celtic_thistle 20th-Jul-2011 05:33 am (UTC)
Post-racial America, everyone.
jesidres 20th-Jul-2011 02:31 pm (UTC)
*headdesk* Again? Really, after the last time during the Health Care Debate, someone still thought this was a good idea?

Not enough legos in the world.
supermishelle 20th-Jul-2011 03:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, we live in a post racial society folks. No one cares about his skin tone, they just care about his politics*~*~

I'm fucking through with society. Done. Last night just pushed me over the edge. My cousin and her girlfriend ended up fighting last night. Her girlfriend got way too drunk and threw things into the walls. Someone called the cops saying they heard people fighting, but by the time the cops got here my cousin had calmed her down and they were talking in the bathroom. There was no noise, complete silence. The cops came to my door. I knew they were just going to escalate the situation because as soon as I opened the door the young one was being a dickhead to me. I told them "I don't want you to come in, I'm going to talk to my room mates to see what's going on." And he followed me in anyway. He asked for my cousin's ID. She didn't want to give it to him, so he went in the bathroom. Saw her wallet in the bathroom (wtf, we didn't even let you through the door in the first place) took her ID out of her wallet and took down her information. Like what the hell, how is this ok?
poetic_pixie_13 20th-Jul-2011 04:13 pm (UTC)
That is not fucking cool. Could your report the cop? Or would it not be worth the hassle?

I hope you all are all right. <3
supermishelle 20th-Jul-2011 04:25 pm (UTC)
I'm going to. He was extremely disrespectful and tried to lie to us. Wtf. Everyone in that house has taken political science, we know what our rights are. You can't just lie to us and say shit is ok when it's not.

But really what pisses me off the most is that he was like "call us if you need us" and my cousin says "we won't." But her girlfriend got so out of control because they threw her into another rage by acting like such assholes to us so my cousin had to call them because she was trying to hurt herself. And this fucking dickhead comes back and snarkily says to me "I thought you said you wouldn't need us again."


My cousin and I look nothing alike. We sound nothing alike. The only thing similar about us is that we are Black (even though she's about 4 shades lighter) and we both have afros. Other than that we look and sound completely different and this dickhead tries to argue with me that I said that when I did not. Wtf, he was here 10 minutes ago and he can't remember who said what? Bad cop right there.
poetic_pixie_13 20th-Jul-2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
Holy shit. Fuck him, racist asshole. I'm glad you're reporting him.

I hope your cousin's girlfriend will be all right.
supermishelle 20th-Jul-2011 06:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah she's fine. She's going to get sober now. We're all happy she's finally decided to ditch drinking for good.
poetic_pixie_13 20th-Jul-2011 04:12 pm (UTC)
You guize, the white people are enlightened enough to move past this whole race thing, we should just try our hardest to just get over it too.
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