The tactic of rebutting a legitimate charge of racism by taking loud and oafish offense is not simply the tactic of David Yerushalmi, but of ridiculous bigots in general. We've seen this tack taken over the years by everyone from Geraldine Ferraro to Rush Limbaugh. The practice is indeed as old as slaveholding white supremacists insisting that the abolitionists would make slaves of white.
"I don't believe in calling him the first black president," she said, "I voted for the white guy myself. I call him a monkey."
"with a last name of Espinosa I'm anything but racist." She then rather spectacularly claimed that she was referring to a cartoon, as though this were a defense. You can click through at your peril. Suffice to say it's merely a Google image search of cartoons depicting Obama as a monkey.