An e-mail clearly sent by an employee of the Duval County School District takes aim at the tea party movement and its members, blatantly calling them racists -- accusations that have left local members of the movement angry and disappointed.Here's the email message. Naturally the writer suffers from Palin and Beck Derangement Syndrome. Why she's still employed is a mystery.
Cynthia Jones-Humphrey, technical manager in the department of Community and Family Engagement, sent the e-mail, titled "Why We Must Vote!" from her school account on Monday morning.
The e-mail encourages people to vote a straight Democratic ticket because, "The Republican Party has been hi-jacked by dangerous, radical hate mongers called the 'Tea party.'"
The e-mail goes on: "These people hate Blacks. They hate Latinos. They hate Gays. They hate Muslims and have made many anti-Semitic statements."
Lynne Holicky, the government affairs liaison with the local tea party, was offended by the e-mail.
"If anyone with the tea party made statements like this in writing, they would no longer be a part of the tea party," Holicky said.
Humphrey's six-paragraph e-mail continued: "Fear that these radicals could take this country back past Jim Crow, they hey-day of the Ku Klux Klan -- all the way back to the 1860s. Don't think it could happen? Just stay home on Election Day and see what happens to this country."
It's not known how many people were on Jones-Humphrey's distribution list, but she asked recipients to forward her e-mail to at least 15 people.
"She's very angry and I don't know why. I feel badly for her. I think she's misinformed and misguided," Holicky told Channel 4's Vickie Pierre. "Anytime you disagree with the president you're a racist, and this is what's been going on for a long time, and it's really gone so far."
Pierre tried calling Humphrey, but the message was not returned. Al the school district would say is that Humphrey made an error in judgment and the situation has been handled internally.
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