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article imageTennessee lawmaker posts black-face picture on Facebook

By Kim I. Hartman     Nov 4, 2010 in Politics
Nashville - Republican state Rep Terri Lynn Weaver is under-fire after posting a Halloween picture of her Pastor dressed as Aunt Jemima on her Facebook page and some Tennesseans are calling it racially offensive.
Weaver said that the picture, of her and the pastor, who had a painted black-face and was dressed as a 'black mammy,' was just Halloween fun and she doesn’t understand why the photo is offensive, reported WSMV.
The caption the Republican lawmaker typed under the photo reads: "Aunt Jemima, you is so sweet."
The Mammy archetype is the portrayal of a domestic servant of African descent, generally good-natured, often overweight, and loud and is considered an ethnic slur.
Lawmakers in Tennessee are outraged over the picture and the caption.
“She's supposed to be a leader, and this is what we have in the Legislature,” said state Sen. Thelma Harper, D-Nashville. “I think this is one of the worst. I think this is as low as you can stoop."
“I think it’s very insensitive and shows a lack of respect,” said Democrat Rep. Mike Turner.
“This is what we've had to live with, making a mockery of being black and copying the language that Aunt Jemima used,” said Harper.
Weaver, who represents parts of Smith, Macon and DeKalb counties, said she feels some Democrats are making something out of nothing and said, “I'm the least racist of anyone. Some of my greatest friends are black."
"It’s off my Facebook page, and I surely didn’t mean to offend anybody. I'm sorry if it did, but I apologize,” said Weaver.
This isn't the first racist incident in Tennessee this year from state officials.
Walt Baker, the prominent CEO of the powerful Tennessee Hospitality Association who was a key figure in gaining approval of the controversial $585 million convention center, sent , what he called a joke email, comparing First Lady Michelle Obama to Tarzan's Cheetah.
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