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Oklahoma GOP Lawmaker Sally Kern: ‘Blacks’ Don’t Work As Hard As White People

The “crazies” seem to have a monopoly within the GOP…

Think Progress

The Republican-controlled Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a proposed constitutional amendment yesterday that would eliminate Affirmative Action in state government. The official GOP reasoning for the change is that while “discrimination exists,” “I don’t think Affirmative Action has been as successful as we like to believe,” the bill’s sponsor, Rep. T.W. Shannon (R), explained. But perpetual extremist Rep. Sally Kern (R) offered her argument for ending the system that helps minorities advance: “blacks” simply don’t work as hardas whites:

Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, said minorities earn less than white people 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? 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.

Kern said women earn less than men because “they tend to spend more time at home with their families.”

While Kern has long history of taking outlandish positions — from saying homosexuality is more dangerous than terrorism to introducing legislation to force teachers to question evolution — her bigoted comments reflect a disturbing trend among even mainstream conservatives to blame valuable social safety net programs for creating a culture of dependency or even “slavery.”

8 thoughts on “Oklahoma GOP Lawmaker Sally Kern: ‘Blacks’ Don’t Work As Hard As White People

  1. A lot of qualified blacks are denied jobs because of their beautiful skin color. Please stop attacking blacks and work for the good of all. You represent everyone not just whites.


  2. I am sick over the overt racism sprouting up all over this country. Coming from Canada as a child, I was intimidated by Americans. I thought they were more savvy and more assertive than Canadians. My limited exposure to American history included the Civil War but not that there was lingering animosity.

    So anyway, I was not surprised that Americans came in different colors and all were somewhat intimidating to me. I worked hard to make American friends but it never occurred to me that they should all be white.

    My point is, to an immigrant, an American is an American. I’m baffled by the notion of using race or heritage as a way of judging someone.


    1. Glix, I always thought you were a California girl – a Valley Girl, even (and I mean that in good way.) Seems you are a California Girl by way of Canada. Are you of British, French, Aboriginal or some other ancestry? How did your family happen to emigrate to the States? So you thought Americans are more “savvy and assertive”, huh? Does that mean we talk “a lot of stuff” and ask questions like this?

      Glix – a Canadian immigrant – how interesting.

      Just sayin’. 🙂


      1. Plain old white bread British here. But I did live in SoCA for a couple of decades.

        LOL, not just savvy and assertive. I also thought they were more “flashy”. I pictured the whole US kind of like Las Vegas.


      2. Well I’ll be darned. I guess that explains what I perceived as your mysterious reserve. Turns out you are just British!


    2. My point is, to an immigrant, an American is an American. I’m baffled by the notion of using race or heritage as a way of judging someone.

      Glix, I see your point, but the reality is a lot less ideal, unfortunately.


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