Friday, April 29, 2011

Sally Kern: It's A Fact That 'Blacks' Don't Work As Hard

Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern (R) says that she's seen "a lot of people of color who didn't study hard because they said the government would take care of them."

The remarks came during a debate on an amendment to the state's constitution that would eliminate Affirmative Action in the state government. It was proposed by State Rep. Leslie Osborn (R), who said: "This proposed constitutional amendment makes clear that all men are created equal and should be treated as such by their government. If voters approve this constitutional amendment, state government will not be allowed to discriminate against Oklahoma citizens based on race or gender - period."

Kern voted for the amendment, arguing that minorities earn less because they don't work as hard. "We have a high percentage of blacks in prison, and that's tragic," Kern said, "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," she added, "and I saw a lot of people of color who didn't study hard because they said the government would take care of them."

I used to get really worked up about people like Rep. Kern, but then I realized that she'll end up dying alone and broke, having accomplished little of value in her life. It's the same story with all politicians. Years from now, historians will be saying that Oklahoma politicians had the perfect opportunity to capitalize on the state's economic and human capital and tackle the problems of meth, spousal abuse, and widespread corruption; to help a growing population of unemployed and poor (20% of the population of Cleveland County is on food stamps now); to incentivize investment in the state and to upgrade its (literally) crumbling infrastructure; to raise the educational standards for Oklahoma schools (among the worst in the country); and so on.

Instead, history will record that politicians like Rep. Kern addressed these problems - by passing anti-Islamist laws. What a waste of a life and golden opportunities to make real change.

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