Email referencing monkeys angers black Alabama legislators

By | May 18, 2017

An email that today circulated the Alabama Legislature made a reference that seemed to describe African-Americans as “monkeys,” members of the Legislative Black Caucus said in a press conference this afternoon.

Under the subject line “POLITICS psychology,” the email shares an anecdote of four caged monkeys trying to reach a banana tied to a string.

The email ends “from time to time, ALL all of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME!” followed by the disclaimer: “This is meant as no disrespect to monkeys.”

Members of the Black Caucus gathered as the House of Representatives was expected to convene at 1:30 p.m. However, the Speaker called a recess until 4 p.m. (Alabama Media Group)

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