Another setback for the GOP’s minority outreach efforts


The Republican-controlled Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a proposed constitutional amendment yesterday that would eliminate Affirmative Action in state government. The offical 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 hard as whites.

Seriously, that’s what she said. Kern, defending opposition to affirmative action, went on to suggest African Americans may end up in prison because “they don’t want to study as hard in school.” She added, “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 went on to argue that women earn less than men because “they tend to spend more time at home with their families.”

This is the same state lawmaker who argued that homosexuality is more dangerous than terrorism, and fought for a ban on Sharia law.

Honestly, where does the Republican Party even find people like this? Is there a website where a party can order cartoonish racists to serve in state government?

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.