Norwalk councilman sends racist email

Bob Carleton said it was meant as a joke.
Andy Ouriel
Jan 4, 2014


A Norwalk city councilman acknowledged Friday sending a racist and sexist email to various people.

Robert Carleton told the Register, who independently obtained a copy of the email, that the message he sent was humorous.

Below is the copy of the email he sent out.

Pick up Saturday’s Register for more on this story, including Carleton’s comments.

Sent: Thursday, December 12, 2013 5:08 PM
To: wheddles; Bill Kaminski; Larry Waaland; Cheryl/Rich; Ron Myers; Ron Howell; Zach Jamison; Mark Zeeb; mark johnson; Jimmy D;; Mark Schloemer; G. Stuart O&#39,Hara, Jr.; Brooks Hartmann; Kevin Brownell; Mason Krebs; Steve Carleton; Deb Scheiber; dustan badovick; amanda uther; Matt Dysard
Subject: Spelling Bee Champ
My name be Eboneesha Hernandez, a African-Hispanic-American Girl who jus got a award for bein the bess speler in class. I gots a 47% on the spelin text and 38 points for being black, 10 points for not bringin drugs to class, 10 points for not bringin guns to class, and 15 points for not getting pregnut during the cemester. It be hard to beat a score of 120%.
White dude sit nex to me is McGee from Jaxon Mizipy. He got a 94% on the text but no extra points on acount of he have the same skin color as the opressirs of 150 years ago. Granny ax me to thank all dimocrafts and liberuls for suportin afermative axion. You be showin da way to true eqwallity.
I be gittin in medical skool nex an mabe I be yo doctor since Barrac takn over da healfcare in dis contry.



So are we allowed to laugh?

There you go again

I find it more truthful (and sad) than funny. The truth hurts, doesn't it!?!?


I laughed anyway.



norwalk has always been a racist town !!!!!


Ohio is racist. America is racist. It's never going to change. People are bigoted, prejudiced, narrow minded and opinionated. Unfortunately, I don't think you're allowed to be that way unless you have a show on A&E.

modern concrete

No! Ohio isn't racist affirmative action is. No one should get rewarded because of race, gender but because they worked hard and earned the job or the award. Some people want something for doing nothing.


Everything is racist. Look at channel 8,3, and 19 news. 89 percent of the time when there's a crime committed, they make it news when it's an African American maybe doing the crime. 89 percent of the bad news is racist towards African Americans. No wonder we get so nervous when we're walking with a group of young African Americans walking on the street right in our direction. We're racist and we racially profile all the time. I'm glad I have Native American in me so that I'm not called a cracker. I guess that since I am part Native American I'm considered the darker Ritz Cracker by African Americans.


Are you Kidding me???? Man thats 1 racist email right there. Better call the NAACP.Thanks for the 2 emails that can now be spammed Sandusky Register.


Haha that's hilarious! It's a joke quit crying, bunch of sensitive liberal babies. Reminds me of getting an extra 10% on a civil service exam just because you are a minority. GO BUCKEYES


Plz no jokes in emails- you may offend


I don't really understand how anybody could find any of that funny

From the Grave

I like your earlier, funny movies.


Inappropriate and racist.


You can't fix stupid!

AJ Oliver

and apparently you can't fix anonymous cowardice either . .
Come on Register, rescue us from this !!


Arrogant, know it all, misogynist, liberal, STFU.


Yeah Bob. You sure had disdain for those that wanted checks & balances regarding tax abatements for the local companies (corporations) who left after getting handouts. That makes you a buSINessman. All hail your TeaParty.

JMOP's picture

Wonder if the narc was really offended, or has a political agenda against Mr. Carleton.

Not sure how it's considered sexist.


Well the little girl sent the note...and spoke of the little boy that didn't get the extra points like she did. LOL

Bottom Line

Headline is misleading. The fact that anyone would consider this news is a joke. It was a private e mail. Just further proof of how pathetic so many of you are.


It's his own personal email so he can't get fired for that, right? At least he knew not to send it from his city email.


People send comical racist emails??? Say it isn't so!!!!!


People don't, but racists do. If you think that is comical, then you might be a racist.


people do, phony


@aj oliver Cowardice? I spent 23 years in the United States Air Force. I went to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once. I served with some brave African American and Hispanic soldiers. The fact that you defend this kind of thinking shows the kind of character you have.


He needs to resign. Obviously, he cannot be trusted with governmental responsibilities, which require the appropriate protection of all citizens.


Nice, real nice. Glad I didn't vote for that dirtbag.

From the Grave

I don't see how this is considered racist unless you also believe that the races represented in this email, are in fact, represented in this email.

From the Grave

This email didn't refer to physical attributes of a particular race, which is something that I would consider racist.

From the Grave

This email is about a stupid person, and stupidity certainly isn't limited to only one race, nor is it a race itself.

From the Grave

And BTW, the spam filter is ruining the comment section of the SR.

From the Grave

This email might in fact represent the intelligence level of the sender perfectly. I mean, why would it not occur to this dude that he can't send out email like this, unless he's, not too smart.


Wrong! A stupid person wrote it!

bondgirlM I a racist if I laughed?

From the Grave

What do you think? Do you feel hatred toward a particular race when your read this?

Fibber Mcgee

It's not funny, just stupid... Bob if your trying to be funny, find one that is at least a bit humorous. Just say your sorry at the next council meeting and everything will be fine.?

From the Grave

Never say you're sorry...


News Alert:

SR Publishes Racist Email.

The MAJOR irony and hypocrisy is that the SR used to delete posts with content similar to the above and now they publish them as news. Lol

IMO, the only “crimes” that were committed were Mr. Carlton forwarding it and someone on his address list snitching on him.

Mr. Carlton may want to pare his email address list.

In every joke, there is a ring of truth otherwise it is not funny.

The joke, is OLD and too long.


Where's the truth?


Re: "Where's the truth?"

"Ring" of truth.

If it were Joe Bob the "hillbilly," would it still be offensive?

In the Brave New World of the progressive-socialists, poor taste has been criminalized.


Yes, it would still be offensive. No crime here. Stupid joke. Who really talks like that?


The difference here is that the email wasn't sent anonymously, and that it was sent by a public official to other public officials. Sorry, but as others have noted above, only a racist could find a way to condone Carlson's email. You could get away with that in 1955, but not in 2014.


Re: "You could get away with that in 1955, but not in 2014."

FYI: There was no email in 1955.

Regardless, forwarding jokes is old school.

Darwin's choice

Kinda like the liar in chief "you can keep....."

But that's acceptable to you jackwagon.


Study the 1st amendment and respect his rights, even though in poor taste. Politically correctness is not the law of the land.


Now, let's make sure we don't offend anyone by sending Polish jokes, blonde jokes, fat jokes, religious jokes, etc. In other words Americans,,,,don't laugh. Everyone needs to get over themselves and lighten up.

Simple Enough II

Well did anyone become offended when the MSNBC folks make their jokes and comments about the Romney family photo? Remember there are 2 sides to a coin.


Yes and his name is Don Lemon a black gay anchor for CNN. And the MSNBC anchor apologized on TV. Did anybody on false news apologize for making jokes about Obama family of course not.

Simple Enough II

What jokes di Fox News make? So the Commander on Vacation and his wife are offlimits? Get real, like anyone cut GW nd his wife slack or their children......


So false news hasn't made jokes about his wife and kids. Didnt false news make a joke about killing obama. So Romney is off limits and any republican is off limits. But false news. Now you get real. Guess there are two sides when it comes to you. Minorities and then anybody else that's not. Well that's false news view point so I guess its yours to. By the way v


I've read this and read it again. I'm not entirely sure where the racist part is. The joke doesn't use derogatory names to describe the ethnicity of anyone. The rest of the joke is funny because it has a hint of truth to how kids, and some a little older, talk and spell. Nothing offensive in there IMO, not anything newsworthy anyhow


There is nobody that talks like this. You watch to many movies.

Simple Enough II

Wrong santown, and I can't even give the example as my reply keeps being identified as "SPAM", HS, they are using a spam filter notification to censure this thread.


Yeah spend 10 minutes at any mall and listen to some of the conversations. Some of the dialogue I don't think is even English.


Look at the ones who are trying to condone they are the ones who whenever someone black is in the news positive or negative they always make a racist comment.


Haha that's hilarious! Honestly, it reminds me of an individual getting an extra 10% on a civil service exam just because they are a minority. "Sorry Mr Smith, even though you got a 93% on your civil service exam for Firefighter, we are awarding the position to this guy because he scored an 85% with a 10% add on because he is from a different race than white. Now THAT is discrimination.

Julie R.

Might have been a joke but the bottom line is --- it could be viewed as racist, which means it was ignorant on Carleton's part to send it to others.

As an afterthought, isn't this sort of like the satire that the police chief in Vermilion wrote?

As an additional afterthought --- some of these so-called professionals out there sure must have a lot of time on their hands!


If u take offense to it there is truth behind it

AJ Oliver

Hey Mr./Ms. Bucknut - Sorry that I was not clear in my post above. I was being critical of those who post here anonymously and bash people, groups or organizations. I was not referring to you. BTW, I'm a vet too. PAX to ya!! Carleton has a right to be racist, but not to be in a position of public trust at the same time. If I lived in Norwalk I would call for his resignation or removal.


@ AJ Oliver thanks for clearing that up. I agree with you and thanks for your service.


IMO, 'if necessary,' Mr. Carleton should issue a variation of the following 'standard' wishy-washy apology so popular with liberals:

I sincerely regret if anyone was offended, as I meant no offense by it.

And if this incident is brought up again, he can state:

I apologized.

Case closed.


It's not necessary because it would be meaningless!


Re: "it would be meaningless!"

Agree. It's a non-issue.

It's nowhere near on the same scale like Pres. Obama inflaming racial tensions during the Zimmerman trial with his "if I had a son, he'd look like Trayvon," comment.


I'd like to know why some white people, who talk white around other white people start talking ghetto when around black people. If I were black I would see it offensive. You don't see black people talking white (ala Eddie Murphy skit) when they are around white people. (?)


Deertracker if you live in Norwalk I urge you to be engaged with the City Council. When our group went there years ago Ilene Galopis/councilwoman(sp?) stated that Mr. Carelton fought her on many projects regarding the general good of the populace. Our group when given the opportunity to address council garnered a "hairy eye ball " from old Bob cause we wanted council to act for the good of the community, not just the few. We get the government we deserve.

Darwin's choice

"We get the government we deserve."

Thank You. Obama/fail.


Re: "Ilene Gallegos" kurtie ol' boy.

"She was a member of the Northeast Ohio Coalition for National Health Care, the NAACP, FLOC, National Organization of Women, Firelands Progressive Coalition, and Voices for Peace and Justice."

See: "Ilene Gallegos" (Norwalk Reflector, Obits)

A progressive-socialist; not surprising that you'd like her.

The Big Dog's back

A "Progressive Socialist". Better than being a backwoods CONservative.

The Good Doctor

While the email purportedly is a joke, it is NOT funny.

Darwin's choice

Everyone seems to be in such a hurry to scream 'prejudice' these


"A customer asked, "In what aisle can I find the Polish sausage?"

The clerk asks, "Are you Polish?"

The guy, clearly offended, says, "Yes I am. But let me ask you


If I had asked for Italian sausage, would you ask me if I was Italian?

Or if I had asked for German Bratwurst, would you ask me if I was


Or if I asked for a kosher hot dog would you ask me if I was Jewish?

Or if I had asked for a Taco, would you ask if I was Mexican?

Or if I asked for some Irish whiskey, would you ask if I was Irish?"

The clerk says, "No, I probably wouldn't."

The guy says, "Well then, because I asked for Polish sausage, why did

you ask me if I'm Polish?"

The clerk replied, "Because you're in Home Depot."


Yeah you non-Christian non-veteran . Bet Bob was your friend. Your attitude & arrogance is similar to his. We did things to help our community....while you did nothing but take.


Hey dude thnks for the jk. thnk I wll copy and pste it and send to all my dudes and dudettes.

AJ Oliver

Hey Contagion - It takes a particular kind of cowardly low-life to anonymously go after people who are deceased. I'm talking to you.


Gee Thanks Sandusky Register for ensuring that this email gets spread even more.

Why would you actually print the email? Is it because you knew that it would set off the storm of comments that it did, and add to your web traffic.

Your staff is disgusting...


Oh please why not print it? The damage has already been done and I am sure the only regret is that those involved just got caught. Next time use the delete button. Dude so not cool! BTW what is the point of lashing out at the Sandusky Register and its staff? They are not responsible for the contents of the email...The real question is, who really got the last laugh!