Louisiana Lawmaker Calls a Civil Rights Giant 'Buckwheat'

Louisiana Lawmaker Calls a Civil Rights Giant 'Buckwheat'

Published February 11, 2008

Posted Nov. 13, 2007 – A Louisiana state representative has angered Black leaders by wrapping up her conversation with a respected civil rights veteran by saying, "Talk to you later, Buckwheat."

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State Rep. Carla Blanchard Dartez, of Morgan City, admitted making the quip to Hazel Boykin, who in the 1960s helped desegregate schools and lunch counters in Louisiana, after thanking Boykin Thursday night for driving voters to the polls in Tuesday’s election, The Daily Advertiser reports.

Hazel Boykin’s son, Jerome, is president of the NAACP chapter in Terrebonne Parish.

Dartez apologized for likening the civil rights giant to the wild-haired, mumbling little Black boy on the “Little Rascals” comedy show of the 1930s.

 "I made an insensitive comment when speaking with Hazel Boykin, and I have apologized to the Boykin family and publicly for my choice of words,"

Dartez, who has represented parts of Terrebonne, St. Mary and Assumption parishes for nearly a decade, said in a statement: "I have a strong record of fighting for issues important to the African-American community; in fact, I have a 93 percent voting record with the Black Caucus."

 It’s not as if Dartez didn’t have enough troubles without insulting Boykin.

She was given a court summons for reckless driving after hitting a pedestrian and failed a field sobriety test. Her husband, Lenny, a member of the Democratic Party's State Central Committee, was indicted earlier this month of allegedly harboring illegal aliens through his construction business.

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Written by BET-Staff


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