Ferguson Officials Joke About Black Abortions

Public-records request leads to new email release
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2015 3:10 PM CDT
Ferguson Email Likens Black Abortion to Crime Prevention

If you're looking for racist or sexist jokes, the email trough from Ferguson, Missouri, is the gift that keeps on giving. Responding to a public-records request, officials have released emails that liken a black abortion to crime prevention and kid about a Muslim woman being stoned, the Guardian reports. The jokes were exchanged by a city clerk and two top police officers in Ferguson, all of whom lost their jobs following a US Dept. of Justice report on Ferguson. Some of the emails are previously unseen, while others were referenced in the report. Among the highlights:

  • A photo of Ronald Reagan feeding a chimpanzee from a milk bottle over the caption, "Rare photo of Ronald Reagan babysitting Barack Obama in early 1962."
  • A joke about a guy who failed to get state welfare for his state dogs until he explained that they were "mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddies are."
  • A one-liner about a guy who learns his wife is seeing another man: "But, by turning to religion, I was soon able to come to terms with the whole thing," it reads. "I converted to Islam, and we’re stoning her in the morning!"
  • A joke about a black woman who has her pregnancy terminated in New Orleans, then receives a $5,000 check two weeks later, Gawker reports. "She phoned the hospital to ask who it was from," reads the joke. "The hospital said, 'Crimestoppers.'"

See the full 14-page release at this Guardian page. (Read more Ferguson, Missouri stories.)

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