Oklahoma Republican Says Blacks Don’t Work as Hard as Whites

While testifying against affirmative action, Sally Kern said Blacks and women don’t work as hard as white men.

Posted: 04/28/2011 07:15 PM EDT
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A state congresswoman from Oklahoma who’s been in trouble for controversial statements before is back in hot water. Sally Kern, a 64-year-old Oklahoma City resident, made comments in support of Oklahoma’s recent bill banning affirmative action for government jobs. Some of what Kern said was benign. Some of it, like when she said Blacks just don’t work as hard as whites, was not.

“While discrimination exists, I don't think affirmative action has been as successful as we like to believe,” said Kern, describing why she supported the dismantling of affirmative action. That was the benign part. But then came the ugly part.

"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?” she asked her colleagues. “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."

In other words, Blacks don’t succeed because they’d prefer to mooch off welfare. Kern has yet to apologize for her remarks, and it doesn’t appear as if she intends to anytime soon.

In 2008, Kern again refused to apologize when she said this about gays:

Studies show that no society that has totally embraced homosexuality has lasted more than, you know, a few decades. So it's the death knell of this country. I honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has, even more so than terrorism or Islam — which I think is a big threat, okay? Cause what's happening now is they are going after, in schools, two-year olds...And this stuff is deadly, and it's spreading, and it will destroy our young people, it will destroy this nation.

When the homosexual community demanded an apology, Kern, who’s also said women don’t work as hard as men, refused. That means don’t go holding your breath while waiting for one this time around.

(Photo: AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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