Secret Service Bosses Shared Racist Jokes

Emails ridicule blacks, joke about Jackson assassination
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2008 11:45 AM CDT
Secret Service Bosses Shared Racist Jokes
U.S. Secret Service agents stand watch as Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., campaigns at Haverford College in Haverford, Pa., April 17.    (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(Newser) – Secret Service supervisors exchanged racist remarks in emails made public yesterday in a lawsuit filed by black agents, the New York Times reports. The messages were shared between at least 20 top agents between 2003 and 2005. One anecdote jokes about assassinating Jesse Jackson. And, according to the lawsuit, the head of the Presidential Protective Detail sent a crude joke about interracial sex to a colleague.

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A lawyer for the black agents, whose long-running lawsuit charges that they were unfairly denied promotion, said they were "shocked but not surprised" by the evidence of racism high up in the service. Last month, a noose was found hanging in a room used by a black instructor at a Secret Service training center.   (Read more racist stories.)

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