Gee, Representative Mitchell, why not tell us what you really think?
State Rep. Joe Mitchell, D-Mobile, had an outlandish exchange via email with a Jefferson County man who asked him and other lawmakers not to pass any laws that would restrict gun ownership.
Eddie Maxwell sent a mass email to state legislators at 10:54 p.m. on Jan. 27, warning them that even attempting to introduce a gun control bill was, in his opinion, a violation of state law.
Mitchell responded from his public, ALHouse.gov email account at 11:59 p.m., telling Maxwell: "Your folk never used all this sheit (sic) to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed (sic), imported criminal-minded kin folk."
"That's not the type of reply I expect to receive from a state legislator," Maxwell replied on Feb. 11. "I'm not a racist and I find your reply to be especially offensive considering the position you hold."
Copies of the email exchange were provided to AL.com by state lawmakers who were included in the correspondence. The emails are printed below, edited only to remove the specific addresses.
Mitchell, who is black, did not respond to email and telephone messages from AL.com seeking comment this week. He told the Associated Press today that he was explaining that citizens who descended from slaves and were disenfranchised by the state constitution have a different view of history and the constitution than white citizens.
Maxwell, who is white, verified that he wrote the messages sent from his email address and said he was "surprised at the racial tones" in Mitchell's responses.
He said the exchange was the first and only contact he's had with Mitchell, who has served in the state House since 1994.
"It just makes me more determined that we the people need to stay involved," Maxwell said in a telephone interview today. "It's up to us as citizens to watch our government."
Would it do any good to point out that if this bozo was white and sent a racist screed like that to a black constituent, that there would be calls from one end of the country to the other for his resignation?
No - but it is obligatory to point it out.
I'm not sure what Mitchell was trying to say about the defense of the Second Amendment. He was too busy making a racist idiot of himself to make much sense. But I wonder what possessed him to share his nauseating bigotry with his fellow legislators? Perhaps he thought they'd agree with him and cheer him on.
Compare Mitchell's racist ranting with Maxwell's polite, civic minded response. Perhaps that's where the real divide is between those who would trash the Second Amendment and those who want to defend it.