The director of the Hawaii Tourism Authority forwarded racist and sexist jokes from his office computer, the Honolulu Advertiser reports.
One joke referred to Barack Obama as a “coon” and Hillary Clinton as a “beaver.” A video contained derogatory terms for Hispanics.
The director, Rex Johnson, had already been disciplined and had apologized for forwarding pornographic emails. The racist and sexist jokes were not revealed until after the newspaper obtained records of Johnson’s emails under a freedom of information request.
Johnson didn’t write the emails. He just forwarded them, and apparently not from his official email account. The copies of two emails attached to the Advertiser story appear to be from his private Yahoo! account
Still, that kind of thinking doesn’t seem to fit with the warm, welcoming approach one expects from the guy in charge of persuading people to visit a tourist destination. You know, all kinds of people. Black ones and female ones, even.