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.