GOP Rep Says Black People Don’t Work as Hard as Whites


by Dr. Boyce Watkins, YourBlackWorld.comScholarship in Action

Republican State Rep from Oklahoma Sally Kern seems to think that black people don’t work as hard as whites and that we are more likely to go to prison because we think the government will take care of us.

“We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic, but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school? I’ve taught school, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them."

I would break down the ignorance of Rep. Kern’s statements, but I don’t have time for ridiculous people.  What I will say, however, is that Kern is unique in that she is one of the few Republicans silly enough to articulate her racist perceptions for the world to see.  The name of the game for the modern Republican is to speak to your racism in code language, so that when you’re called out by the black community, you are able to cover yourself.

Case in point: Donald Trump – the man who has said that President Obama isn’t doing his job because he spends all his time playing basketball, that Obama wasn’t qualified to get into Harvard, and that he’s not a real American like the rest of us.  Perhaps Kern needs to take notes from Trump on how to be the ultimate racist without actually revealing yourself.  Endorsing such despicable behavior is simply embarrassing.

Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition.  To have Dr. Boyce commentary delivered to your email, please click here.


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12 responses to “GOP Rep Says Black People Don’t Work as Hard as Whites

  1. EJ

    THese people are the same ones who would tell you they were doing all the work during slavery. What a joke.. Black people need to start putting white folks in their place to their face. They need to understand that the disrespect will not be tolerated anymore. It is out of control now.

  2. James Hall

    Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern is incredibly dumb and/or just plain stupid, not to mention being an explicit racist of the first order!
    Every one knows that many, many more white people are arrested than Blacks or any other racial group of color in this country, but many, many more Blacks are incarcerated than whites mostly because of institutionalized racism within the criminal justice system and certain economic advantages held by whites that are rooted in racism. As you go down the economic ladder, you find that more and more whites are incarcerated too but still not to the same extent as Black people are of any economic level all because of racism!
    Furthermore, white people receive far more handout benefits from the government than Blacks ever have or ever will for that matter! Similarly, corporate welfare benefits are all received by whites.
    You can’t fix stupid as anyone knows. So in the meantime while assholes like Ms Kern keeps worrying about Black people, the Hispanics are growing in number and will eat their lunch as we already see happening!
    Prime indicators of white racism are bigotry against all no-white people and greed before anything else; even family!

  3. claudia

    Sally Kern is very dumb and stupid in saying what she just said. Blacks works harder then whites for the simple reason that blacks are being watched more on jobs, in the media, every where we trend our feet for successfulness, whites have watched us with binoculars. Blacks in America are always apt to prove a point to this society that we are just as better then any other race,. And the reason why so man y blacks are in jail is because of the white man throwing them behind bars for lengthy times for crimes less then a murderer would recieve,. I dare thids ignorant ass white woman speak on shit all because she herself is racist.

  4. Another ignorant white woman trying to justify her ‘white is right’ mentality. Putting aside the fact that she’s a politician, her statement reveals that she believes the lies mass media and this democratic, capitalist system has taught her. She actually believes the lies she has been taught. Shows you how discriminating she is as a representative of state. She epitomizes how the dominant culture thinks. I’m glad to read others speak out about such ignorance. My only concern is that we may be preaching to the choir and those who need to listen and acknowledge such racist thinking aren’t part of the dialogue and aren’t listening.

  5. rubylaughs

    Well damn! How did the wicked- witch get from under that house?!
    I thought she was dead!
    wooow, looks like the house did a whole lot of damage on her face too. Scary Sally,needs to get that fixed.

  6. Benjamin

    Oh well, she’s right; however, there is something that she has ignored: while black people were out in the scorching heat, the snow, the rain, the mud working the fields during slavery while the so-called good slaveholders sat on their butts and became multimillionaires. So-called knowledgeable Whites who talk this way today are just as racist as their forebears of yesteryear. They have more respect for their pets than a black person. They can’t get over it.

  7. Benjamin

    One more thing. I met a very elderly woman in California who had been a house maid (slave) for a very rich family offspring of the Rothschilds in Oklahoma. She had been the Rothschilds for many years (late 1920s to 1960s). Her forebears had also worked as slaves for the Rothschilds during the late eighteeth century and into the early twentieth century. The younger woman being not well informed did not recieve a regular salary or any benefits (they did feed her occasionally). One day one of her relatives that I met in San Francisco asked me if he could possible get social security benefits for her aging grandmother. I offered to help by searching information at local social security office in San francisco. The people in the office were very helpful. They asked for info about the lady’s employer. Even they were shocked to find out that the state of Oklahoma found no records indicating that the Rothschilds ever paid any salary and/or any SDI or social security taxes or whatever in the state of Oklahoma for any of their black employees. Even the multimillionaire bankers got away with murder in the early days. According to Madoff, it’s still happening today. Nuff said.

  8. Black people cannot work as hard when they have substandard schools to attend. In Alabama there are two school systems now, The Public Private (Magnet) and The public Welfare (Plain Jane). Now you tell me who gets the better teachers, and who do not get tissue delivered to their schools. There are blacks working two jobs in Alabama to pay for gas, private schools, and rent. Anytime a politician speaks such (slop-jar) mess; there is a theif in the hen house. Blacks may go to prison for the (shipped in drugs), but white people spend most of their time stealing our tax dollars. The sad part in that, they don’t go to prison for being a theif.

  9. Huge

    This woman’s statements clearly indicate that she has no idea that Black Americans are sentenced by the courts to jail time for things that whites often get probation, suspended sentences, and have their cases dimissed entirely. Sure, some youngsters don’t study as hard as they certainly should — but even if you are at the top of your class and finish Magna Cum Laude some carnival barking whites (Trumpers and republicans) will call you lazy and unqualified. Carter G. Woodson warned us about this in his classic book “The Miseducation of the Negro”. My people, don’t fall for the hype. We have proven we can make bricks without straw, mud, or water. Therein lies the rub. We are greater than great. Just stay strong and keep on keeping on. In times past, God winked at the transgressions of our lieing enemy; but now each one including this wrong-headed Oklahoma state senator will be held accountable for his thoughts, words, actions, and deeds. Selah.

  10. rubylaughs

    Her words to me are no different then 0+0 ,it adds up to not a damn thing. some white folks spend so much time riding up the crack of our a**, probing to see how clean or unclean it is ,they can’t even take the time to keep their own a**es clean and its getting funkier by the minute. Their home life is falling short of being the idea family , its spilling all out into their own communities, their Lilly white thrones are crumbling down and they know it and are trying their best to keep all eyes on our so called down-falls, hoping we don’t notice whats going on with their kooky behinds.(inherited evil)

    You can talk a whole lot of sh-it but make a move b*.

    * may not be the most classy post but class ain’t got nothing to do with it and that’s where I am with mine. No time to be lady like, its time to be a beast and gnaw on some white meat.

  11. rubylaughs

    @ Benjamin She’s right ?

    Shoot ,I never heard her mention anything about black people, having to work twice as hard as white people, to get a piece of the pie.
    Never heard her mention that hairy white monkey, that’s always riding our backs.
    Sh*t and please do tell,who’s riding theirs?

    Get the hell out of here with that ,she’s right ,bullsh*t..
    Make me sick.

  12. yarow12

    Considering the fact that many brothas and sistas work multiple bullshit jobs in order to take proper care of their family financially, I’d say that this is untrue. If people were to think about it deeply, they’d realize that in comparison to Afro-Americans, Caucasians receive rather special treatment. What I mean is that when it really comes down to it, Caucasians are looked at more positively by the nation in many ways. Based on this, who’s more likely to get the job, who’s less likely to be accused, and who’s less likely to go through their entire lives being expected to be a thug and/or a thief? That’s just my point of view on the matter, not that I’d know much.

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