Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R) says that she’s seen “a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”
The remarks came during a debate on an amendment to the state’s constitution that would eliminate Affirmative Action in the state government. It was proposed by State Rep. Leslie Osborn (R), who said: “This proposed constitutional amendment makes clear that all men are created equal and should be treated as such by their government. If voters approve this constitutional amendment, state government will not be allowed to discriminate against Oklahoma citizens based on race or gender – period.”
Kern voted for the amendment, arguing that minorities earn less because they don’t work as hard. “We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that’s tragic,” Kern said, “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,” she added, “and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t study hard because they said the government would take care of them.”
Yep. A Republican politician said — out loud and in public — that blacks are lazy. But in her defense, I’m sure we can find a liberal Democrat who said the same thing, right? Both sides are the same, right?