Oklahoma state Rep. Sally Kern is not a fan of black people or women. As Republicans work to get legislation passed to ban affirmative action programs in the state, Kern suggested that the reason black people get paid less than whites is their poor work ethic.
"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 also went on to suggest that women don't get paid as much as men because they spend more time in the home.
The Associated Press reported on the proposed legislation:
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. Opponents say the proposal targets a non-existent problem.
Several Democrats contend the bill is an attempt to use race to generate fear and draw conservative white voters to the polls.
Racist or sexist much? Despite what Republicans care to think, we are not living in a postracial society. Affirmative action and minority quotas are not handouts — they are clearly leveling the uneven playing field. To suggest that women and minorities could survive without some sort of checks and balances is naive on Kern's part and rather offensive, considering that she's a woman herself. We pray this amendment doesn't see the light of day.
Read more at the Huffington Post.
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