[An update to this story appears at the bottom of the post.] — Arizona Republican radio host Barbara Espinosa not only exhibits her racism for all to hear, but then when challenged on her admission that she refers to President Obama as the “first monkey president,” she doubled down by quoting the definition of ”monkey” and then claimed she couldn’t be racist with the last name Espinoza.
On her radio show, “Hair on Fire,” Barbara was taking a call from a listener who referred to Obama as a communist and the one with “rabbit ears,” when she decided to elaborate on the caller’s depiction of the president and offer her own racist view.
Take a listen (story continues below the audio):
According to The Klute, Barbara initially tried to excuse her comments by saying they were based on an email image she received:
The comment was prompted by the google image cartoon that was sent to me.
Oh, well, that’s OK then! Someone sent you a racist cartoon, so what can you do except agree with it 100%! She actually includes a link to a Google image search that brings up dozens upon dozens of racist cartoons. You and I might think: “Well, that’s not cool”. Barbara Espinoza [sic] apparently thinks: “What a succinct way of expressing my terrible beliefs”.
With a last name of Espinosa I’m anything but racist.
That’s from the same comment. Apparently, you can play the race card, but only if you’re conservative.
This morning Barbara took to her website and boldly admits that she called the president a “monkey,” and then defends the racist statement by noting that, “Unless there has been a takeover of America and free speech is no longer allowed and I can be put to death for making a remark, I refuse to take the fifth.”
She then inserted Wikipedia information on evolution and monkeys along with the image shown on the right:
According to theory of evolution humans are a descendant of primates. Evolution is any change across successive generations in the inherited characteristics of biological populations. Evolutionary processes give rise to diversity at every level of biological organisation, including species, individual organisms and molecules such as DNA and proteins.A monkey is a primate of the Haplorrhini suborder and simian infraorder, either an Old World monkey or a New World monkey, but excluding apes. There are about 260 known living species of monkey. Many are arboreal, although there are species that live primarily on the ground, such as baboons. Monkeys are generally considered to be intelligent. Unlike apes, monkeys usually have tails. Tailless monkeys may be called “apes”, incorrectly according to modern usage; thus the tailless Barbary macaque is called the “Barbary ape”.The New World monkeys (superfamily Ceboidea) are classified within the parvorder of Platyrrhini, whereas the Old World monkeys (superfamily Cercopithecoidea) form part of the parvorder Catarrhini, which also includes the hominoids (apes, including humans). Thus, as Old World monkeys are more closely related to hominoids than they are to New World monkeys, the monkeys are not a unitary (monophyletic) group.