Oklahoma Republican Legislator: Black People Don’t Want To Work Hard

Well, this isn’t really very helpful:

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.”

There really isn’t any comment necessary is there?

H/T:  Think Progress

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Comments

  1. mattb says:

    “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.”

    And this is of course why it is inconceivable that a particular person could possibly deserve to (let alone have earned) :
    a. To get into Occidental College, Columbia, Harvard
    b. Be editor of a law review
    c. Teach law at University of Chicago
    d. Could possibly have written two books
    e. Become a state legislator
    f. Become a US senator
    g, Become President.

    It was all the government taking care of that person… right?

  2. jfoobar says:

    Matt, I don’t really see the point of responding to fallacy with fallacy. Or do you not know what the words “a lot” mean? Citing one, or a thousand, examples of successful African-Americans doesn’t begin to address her assertion.

    There is a massive achievement gap between black children and white/Asian children in education, and that achievement gap exists even when family financial conditions are controlled for.

    What do you think causes it? Do you think insensitive Republican state legislators are to blame? Or perhaps are there some cultural conditions that contribute?

    It was a stupid thing to say, but mostly due to her being a politician.

  3. mantis says:

    What do you think causes it? Do you think insensitive Republican state legislators are to blame? Or perhaps are there some cultural conditions that contribute?

    Oh, I agree with Kern. It’s clearly because of their genetically inferior skin color.

    It was a stupid thing to say, but mostly due to her being a politician racist asshole.

    FTFY

  4. An Interested Party says:

    How, exactly, is mattb’s response a fallacy? The fact of the matter is that some people, including the usual suspects around here, have made an assertion about the president similar to what Kern had to say about “a lot” of black people…speaking of Kern, she has also expressed negative opinions of teh gays, so this latest bit is nothing new for her…

  5. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    There really isn’t any comment necessary is there?

    Then why did you post this article?

  6. jfoobar says:

    “A lot of members of Group X do this!”

    “Oh yeah? Well this member of Group X didn’t do that!”

    No matter what the merits (or lack thereof) of the first statement, the second statement in no way contradicts the first statement yet it was presented as a contrary retort.

  7. Patrick,

    Because idiocy like this ought to be exposed

  8. An Interested Party says:

    …yet it was presented as a contrary retort.

    Oh really? Seems to me that both viewpoints (a lot of black people don’t study hard because they’re waiting on government handouts & the president only got where he did because of affirmative action) are cut from the same cloth…

  9. Neil Hudelson says:

    I’m surprised jwest and Southern Hoosier haven’t chimed in. It seems this woman would be their hero.

  10. wr says:

    No, jwest will say that he can’t agree with such vile racism, but he does think she raises important issues that must be true.

  11. DC Loser says:

    She forgot to add that she likes fried chicken and watermelon.

  12. Boyd says:

    Hey! I like fried chicken and watermelon, not to mention loose shoes!

  13. Brian Lehman says:

    She must be trying out for guest hosting gig on Rush’s show.

  14. Eric Florack says:

    Idiocy? You mean he had a large enough pair to advance a theory that wasn’t approved by the affirmative action,crowd that invariably figures equal opportunity can only exists if outcomes are equal?

  15. An Interested Party says:

    Actually “she” was the one who supposedly had a large enough pair to advance this theory…by the way, if you can find anyone other than your fellow bigots, er, travelers, who believe in this theory, do let the rest of us know…