Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R) made some questionable remarks while addressing a measure seeking to ban affirmative action programs in the state. The measure will put on the 2012 election ballot a provision that the state may not grant preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, color, sex, ethnicity or national origin. The ban would apply to public employment, education and contracting.
Kern says minorities earn less because they don’t work as hard and have less initiative. “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?”
Sure, because going to jail is much easier then learning to multiply fractions. Kern went on saying “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”
WTF? Any person of color knows without a shadow of a doubt that he or she must work three times harder than their white counterparts just to get a foot in the door. Only to have that door slammed in your face time and time again. Minorities are not looking for a handout or a free ride. They are looking for a fair chance.
Rep. Kern you may want to adjust your collar, your redneck is showing.