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January 11, 2012

O’Neal’s empty apology on ‘YoMama’ email

I am so tired of politicians’ non-apologies. A recent example is the non-apology Kansas House Speaker Mike O’Neal issued for forwarding a racist email to his colleagues (1-6, A1, ‘“YoMama’ email draws an apology”).

Like other public officeholders who have “apologized,” Mr. O’Neal made his offense sound like an innocent mistake,.

He shifted the focus from his actions to those who were offended, saying, “I forwarded it (the racist email) too quickly, missing the text included in the body of the email. To those I have offended, I am sorry. That was not at all my intent.”

In other words, “Too bad you folks can’t take a joke.” He doesn’t say a word about doing anything wrong.

I teach my fifth-grade students how to apologize: Describe what you did that was wrong.

Explain how you will keep it from happening again. Ask for your apology to be accepted.

We should hold our elected officials to at least the same standards as 10-year-olds.

Mr. O’Neal, admit your racist email remarks were wrong, and maybe even tell us how you will prevent this from happening again.

Then I might accept your apology.

Jim Babcock
Kansas City

Comments

a ruskin fence on every school campus

mid continental peasants.

days after my last class I found the tear in the restriction barrier around the American Siberia.

I struggled under. Got caught. Chewed my arm off. I ran fast. I ran far.

a ruskin fence on every school campus

mid continental peasants.

days after my last class I found the tear in the restriction barrier around the American Siberia.

I struggled under. Got caught. Chewed my arm off. I ran fast. I ran far.

ggbridge

Unfortunately, again, it is Kansas, where social appropriateness and capability seems to be at a new low. I have no doubt O'Neal will be elected in a firestorm of, "well, she IS Yomamma!" I expect a rally to support O'Neal any minute. I highly doubt I'll be proven wrong.

LL

I agree JDog....Tara's answer is by far the best...a complaint and a plan of action...

Solomon....regarding the T-shirt issue....I personally would never purchase a T-Shirt spouting these types of "hate" or "racial themes"...This is NOT just a republican issue. The lies and misstates perpetuated by the left are also printed on T-Shirts for sale...

With all of the misstatements just yesterday alone, here about Romney, made by normally nice people who happen to be desperate democrats...and a look on google for some of their quotes prove that you can buy any lie or untruth printed on a T-Shirt...and it's not just limited to republicans....

JDog

Tara's got the best comment. Don't like what he did, don't vote for him. Sending money to his opponent is icing.

Simple and appropriate response.

smeeg

Seems like it's only a sense of humor if dealt by a democrat. The phrase yomamma was made famous by a black comedian. I guess that makes it inappropriate if a white guy forwards it.

solomon

.....don't mean to criticize the belief in prayer, I won $20 on Holmes from my neighbor who prayed Cooney would whip him.....I only comment on the prayer email because some of our Unfettered friends poo-poohed it when it was a rumored T-shirt, and now here it is circulated by a top level Republican elected official.....

solomon

.....lift your voice in prayer with a line from a psalm and then vehemently deny any correspondence of the very next line.....

.......what a convenient case of contrivance...

Groenhagen

David:

"Is Groenhagen a penname for O'Neal? How would you know what he does or doesn't pray for?"

So how would Tara know?

David

Is Groenhagen a penname for O'Neal? How would you know what he does or doesn't pray for?

Groenhagen

Tara:

"I appreciated seeing this. I live many states away and was horrified to read about this email and the other he forwarded, quoting the bible and praying for the president's death."

That is a falsehood. O'Neal did not pray for Obama's death.

currahee

I expected cries that the issue is overblown and The Star is once again showing it's bias by printing multiple letters on the subject. I am pleased to see all the letters, as the story has received scant local coverage. This is evidenced by the fact that I was unaware of the second e-mail until now.
http://www.christandpopculture.com/elsewhere/mrs-yomama-and-praying-psalm-1098-for-the-president/
Is it unfair to ask that this guy be removed from his position as Speaker, at the least?

whispering_to_kc

http://midwestdemocracyproject.org/blogs/entries/kansas-house-speaker-defends-e-mail/

Well, O'Neal is from Kansas. It's just how you people over there are.

whispering_to_kc

O'Neal's Christmas YoMama email compared the first lady's appearance to "The Grinch".

I don't "see it".

O'Neal also passed around an email asking people to "Pray for Obama: Psalm 109:8".

"At last — I can honestly voice a Biblical prayer for our president! Look it up — it is word for word! Let us all bow our heads and pray. Brothers and Sisters, can I get an AMEN? AMEN!!!!!!"

Of course, that's a prayer for Mr. Obama's children to become fatherless and his wife a widow. It's a death prayer.

Tara

I appreciated seeing this. I live many states away and was horrified to read about this email and the other he forwarded, quoting the bible and praying for the president's death.
I am so pleased he is up for re-election this year, I will be sending funds to his opponent and urging friends, family, and church members to do the same.

 
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