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Long-time Norwalk councilman says he was trying to be funny in 'joke' email

Posted by on Jan. 12, 2014 at 6:32 PM
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Long-time Norwalk councilman says he was trying to be funny in 'joke' email

BY MARK REITER
BLADE STAFF WRITER
 

NORWALK, Ohio -- A long-time councilman said he didn't believe an email he sent to friends, former co-workers, and the city law director was racist and derogatory to minorities, but instead he interpreted its content as humorous.

The email, entitled "Spelling Bee Champ," was forwarded on Dec. 12 from the personal email account of Norwalk Councilman Robert Carleton to more than a dozen people, including Norwalk law director G. Stuart O'Hara.

Mr. Carleton, the second ward councilman, admitted during an interview with The Blade to sending the contents in an email.

"In hindsight, I can see how it can be interpreted as racist ... but that wasn't my intent when I sent it. I thought it was humorous," Mr. Carleton said.

Through insensitive, and bigoted jargon, the email, with grammatical and spelling errors, cruelly mocks an African-Hispanic girl who received extra points in a school spelling contest for "being black," "not bringin" drugs and guns to class and "not getting pregnut during the cemester."

The email also attacked the Affordable Care Act and affirmative action.

Mr. Carleton, 71, was elected to city council in the 1990s in the Huron County community, which is 70 miles southeast of Toledo. According to the Huron County Republican Party Web site, he is an endorsed member of the party.

A copy of the email, including the list of recipients who were forwarded the message, was sent on Friday to The Blade.

When contacted, Mr. Carleton confirmed that the email account belonged to him and that he had sent the message to other people. The gmail account he used to send the email from also is listed online as an contact for him as councilman.

Mr. O'Hara recalled that after receiving the email from Mr. Carleton about a month ago he immediately shared its contents with Mayor Rob Duncan and Steve Euton, president of city council.

"I was shocked," he said. "I didn't care for the joke, if that's what it was suppose to be."

Other recipients of the message included former and current employees of a company in Tiffin, Ohio where Mr. Carleton use to work.

Mayor Duncan said he referred the matter to Mr. Euton after he obtained the email from the law director. He said actions of council members are not under the control of the administration and any discipline, censure, or review is the responsibility of council.

"Bob is technically not part of the administration. He is part of city council so we really don't have authority over council. But this is nothing that we would condone or endorse," Mayor Duncan said. "I think I know Bob well enough and I don't think he would do anything malicious and intentional. But I think the content is unacceptable."

The email controversy didn't come up at the Dec. 17 council meeting, the mayor said.

Mayor Duncan said the incident prompted the administration to issue a memo asking elected city officials to be careful of the content of emails.

"I can see where someone would do that without thinking about it. But in our positions we have to think," Mayor Duncan said.


Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2014/01/03/Long-time-Norwalk-councilman-says-he-was-trying-to-be-funny-in-racist-email.html#PpFVDPcwtUfDS4j4.99

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cfcf
by Member on Jan. 12, 2014 at 7:05 PM
From: Bob Carleton [mailto:bcarleton1942@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:08 PM
To: wheddles; Bill Kaminski; Larry Waaland; Cheryl/Rich; Ron Myers; Ron Howell; Zach Jamison; Mark Zeeb; mark johnson; Jimmy D; sandysewsassy@yahoo.com; Mark Schloemer; G. Stuart O',Hara, Jr.; Brooks Hartmann; Kevin Brownell; Mason Krebs; Steve Carleton; Deb Scheiber; dustan badovick; amanda uther; Matt Dysard
Subject: Spelling Bee Champ

My name be Eboneesha Hernandez, a African-Hispanic-American Girl who jus got a award for bein the bess speler in class. I gots a 47% on the spelin text and 38 points for being black, 10 points for not bringin drugs to class, 10 points for not bringin guns to class, and 15 points for not getting pregnut during the cemester. It be hard to beat a score of 120%.
White dude sit nex to me is McGee from Jaxon Mizipy. He got a 94% on the text but no extra points on acount of he have the same skin color as the opressirs of 150 years ago. Granny ax me to thank all dimocrafts and liberuls for suportin afermative axion. You be showin da way to true eqwallity.
I be gittin in medical skool nex an mabe I be yo doctor since Barrac takn over da healfcare in dis contry.





Where's the punch line?
gludwig2000
by Gina on Jan. 12, 2014 at 8:11 PM

 Yeah, I don't see it either.

Quoting cfcf: From: Bob Carleton [mailto:bcarleton1942@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:08 PM
To: wheddles; Bill Kaminski; Larry Waaland; Cheryl/Rich; Ron Myers; Ron Howell; Zach Jamison; Mark Zeeb; mark johnson; Jimmy D; sandysewsassy@yahoo.com; Mark Schloemer; G. Stuart O',Hara, Jr.; Brooks Hartmann; Kevin Brownell; Mason Krebs; Steve Carleton; Deb Scheiber; dustan badovick; amanda uther; Matt Dysard
Subject: Spelling Bee Champ

My name be Eboneesha Hernandez, a African-Hispanic-American Girl who jus got a award for bein the bess speler in class. I gots a 47% on the spelin text and 38 points for being black, 10 points for not bringin drugs to class, 10 points for not bringin guns to class, and 15 points for not getting pregnut during the cemester. It be hard to beat a score of 120%.
White dude sit nex to me is McGee from Jaxon Mizipy. He got a 94% on the text but no extra points on acount of he have the same skin color as the opressirs of 150 years ago. Granny ax me to thank all dimocrafts and liberuls for suportin afermative axion. You be showin da way to true eqwallity.
I be gittin in medical skool nex an mabe I be yo doctor since Barrac takn over da healfcare in dis contry.





Where's the punch line?

 

blueforewolf
by Bronze Member on Jan. 12, 2014 at 9:48 PM

good lord really???  and he didn't see how this was racist... wow

Quoting cfcf: From: Bob Carleton [mailto:bcarleton1942@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:08 PM
To: wheddles; Bill Kaminski; Larry Waaland; Cheryl/Rich; Ron Myers; Ron Howell; Zach Jamison; Mark Zeeb; mark johnson; Jimmy D; sandysewsassy@yahoo.com; Mark Schloemer; G. Stuart O',Hara, Jr.; Brooks Hartmann; Kevin Brownell; Mason Krebs; Steve Carleton; Deb Scheiber; dustan badovick; amanda uther; Matt Dysard
Subject: Spelling Bee Champ

My name be Eboneesha Hernandez, a African-Hispanic-American Girl who jus got a award for bein the bess speler in class. I gots a 47% on the spelin text and 38 points for being black, 10 points for not bringin drugs to class, 10 points for not bringin guns to class, and 15 points for not getting pregnut during the cemester. It be hard to beat a score of 120%.
White dude sit nex to me is McGee from Jaxon Mizipy. He got a 94% on the text but no extra points on acount of he have the same skin color as the opressirs of 150 years ago. Granny ax me to thank all dimocrafts and liberuls for suportin afermative axion. You be showin da way to true eqwallity.
I be gittin in medical skool nex an mabe I be yo doctor since Barrac takn over da healfcare in dis contry.





Where's the punch line?


Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 13, 2014 at 9:53 AM
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It may not be all that funny - but it is true and sad.

Too bad that none of the Progressives in the group are upset that this is about the level of English that most, minorities have ( and Whites aren't much better) too bad that Blacks are given different treatment based solely on skin color ( see posts where Holder says to treat differently) too bad that the letter magnifies the attitude prevalent in the AA community today.

There is shit to be upset about here - I guess no one sees it.

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM
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 The punchline

he hates black people and thinks they are all uneducated and only get ahead because of affirmative action...

these types of "jokes" are windows to the truths people like him hide

Quoting gludwig2000:

 Yeah, I don't see it either.

Quoting cfcf: From: Bob Carleton [mailto:bcarleton1942@gmail.com]
Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:08 PM
To: wheddles; Bill Kaminski; Larry Waaland; Cheryl/Rich; Ron Myers; Ron Howell; Zach Jamison; Mark Zeeb; mark johnson; Jimmy D; sandysewsassy@yahoo.com; Mark Schloemer; G. Stuart O',Hara, Jr.; Brooks Hartmann; Kevin Brownell; Mason Krebs; Steve Carleton; Deb Scheiber; dustan badovick; amanda uther; Matt Dysard
Subject: Spelling Bee Champ

My name be Eboneesha Hernandez, a African-Hispanic-American Girl who jus got a award for bein the bess speler in class. I gots a 47% on the spelin text and 38 points for being black, 10 points for not bringin drugs to class, 10 points for not bringin guns to class, and 15 points for not getting pregnut during the cemester. It be hard to beat a score of 120%.
White dude sit nex to me is McGee from Jaxon Mizipy. He got a 94% on the text but no extra points on acount of he have the same skin color as the opressirs of 150 years ago. Granny ax me to thank all dimocrafts and liberuls for suportin afermative axion. You be showin da way to true eqwallity.
I be gittin in medical skool nex an mabe I be yo doctor since Barrac takn over da healfcare in dis contry.





Where's the punch line?

 

 

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 13, 2014 at 10:14 AM
3 moms liked this

 case in point

Quoting Billiejeens:

It may not be all that funny - but it is true and sad.

Too bad that none of the Progressives in the group are upset that this is about the level of English that most, minorities have ( and Whites aren't much better) too bad that Blacks are given different treatment based solely on skin color ( see posts where Holder says to treat differently) too bad that the letter magnifies the attitude prevalent in the AA community today.

There is shit to be upset about here - I guess no one sees it.

 

dustinsmom1
by Member on Jan. 13, 2014 at 12:48 PM

 If the foo shits....

sweet-a-kins
by Ruby Member on Jan. 13, 2014 at 12:54 PM

 

Quoting dustinsmom1:

 If the foo shits....

 You agree with a racist stereotype ridden chain email

I'm shocked I tell ya

bang head on keyboard

Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jan. 13, 2014 at 12:56 PM
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You will not get through to the Progressive Racists in the group.

It is like a religion to them.

Quoting dustinsmom1:

 If the foo shits....

 

dustinsmom1
by Member on Jan. 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

 Sterotypes are more often then not based on fact.

Quoting sweet-a-kins:

 

Quoting dustinsmom1:

 If the foo shits....

 You agree with a racist stereotype ridden chain email

I'm shocked I tell ya

bang head on keyboard

 

[People like you are the reason people like ME need medication.

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