From The Times (UK) -
An e-mail sent by a Republican aide, entitled Historical Keepsake Photo, features portraits of the first 43 American presidents in a variety of dignified and statesmanlike poses. The succession of white faces, however, comes to an abrupt halt in the final and 44th panel which displays just a pair of cartoon eyeballs set against an entirely dark background.
Little more than six months since the US elected its first black president and Barack Obama declared “change has come to America”, hopes that the country is finally overcoming a racist past are being tempered by evidence that parts of it — sections of the Republican Party in particular — remain aghast at the notion of a black First Family.
The specific situation that the article refers to is that of Sherri Goforth, a legislative aide to Republican State Senator Diane Black of Tennessee. She sent the offensive email from a legislative email account. Ms. Goforth wasn't fired for her deed, she was reprimanded.
Apparently, her defense of "I sent it to the wrong email list" was heart-rendingly compelling enough that her immediate supervisor (Sen. Black) found that leniency was appropriate in this situation.
I mean, it's not as if she told a joke about the 18-year old daughter of a former candidate for Vice-President that was in poor taste and worse, just wasn't funny.
Then the Republicans would be out for blood.