Sally Kern Strikes Again

Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma is at it again. During debate on a bill to end affirmative action in that state, she let loose with some of that famous right wing anecdotal “data” to show that black people are just lazy and unintelligent and that’s why they end up in jail.

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.”

And yet this will do nothing at all to affect her chances at reelection. Welcome to Planet Wingnuttia.

19 comments on this post.
  1. Gregory in Seattle:

    The problem is that Kern’s racist statements become self-fulfilling: people are not going to study hard and work to better themselves when people like Kern — and an entire society of people who think (sic) like she does — are constantly saying that they are ignorant, lazy and worthless, and will therefore never be given the opportunity to better themselves.

  2. blf:

    Kern said, “…are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school?”

    We can rule out the “don’t study hard” hypothesis with a simple observation: Kern isn’t in prison.

    (And using a strawman in a false dichotomy is just icing on the cake.)

  3. dmcclean:

    @1, I think you mean “A problem is that …”

  4. DaveL:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t African American women engaging in the workforce and in higher education at historically unprecedented levels?

  5. Gregory in Seattle:

    @dmcclean #3 – Alright, a problem, but definitely one of the big problems. It is difficult to put forth effort to make something of yourself when you have been told repeatedly that you are incapable of making something of yourself.

  6. scienceavenger:

    “…but are they in prison just because they are black or because they don’t want to study as hard in school?”

    Because in Sally Kern’s simple little black and white kindergarten world, those are the only two options.

  7. roggg:

    And yet this will do nothing at all to affect her chances at reelection.

    Now that seems overly cynical if you ask me. Republican in Oklahoma making overtly racist disparaging remarks about minorities. You dont think that improves her chances?

  8. Jack C:

    This story was from two years ago. Why are you posting it as current news?

  9. iknklast:

    “I’ve taught school,” she added

    She taught school in my son’s school. In fact, my son had her as a teacher. I had to go to school about her because she taught so much misinformation (like, evolution is proven false by polonium haloes). Their answer was “Oh, well, she’s a conservative”. As if that’s an accurate response!

    Perhaps the problem isn’t kids who study or don’t, but whether kids take her class or don’t. After all, it doesn’t do much good to go to school if you’re taught garbage while you’re there.

  10. vhutchison:

    Yes, those remarks by the infamous Sally Kern were in the past. Not mentioned was the fact that the House of Representatives officially reprimanded her for the comments – and deservedly so. Kern every year authors or co-authors bad bills, especially those that are anti-evolution ‘academic freedom’ acts and now also anti-climate change, etc. So far, including this year, all have eventually died due to much opposition from national and state organizations as well as many individuals’ messages to legislators.

    Reviews of her bills and their fate are at the web site of Oklahomans for Excellence in Science Education ( http://www.oklascience.org/ ). Kern is a total embarrassment to the State and to many, but certainly not all, of her colleagues in the Legislature.

    Kern will not be term limited until another two-year term after this one. Unfortunately, her spouse the Rev. Steve Kern, a Baptist minister, has announced that he will run for the state Senate. He is as ignorant about science as his wife and continues talks, debates, and letters to editors using the old and worn creationist arguments we have heard for many years. Like his spouse, he is totally ignorant about science and the scientific method and refutes evolution from a YEC literalist viewpoint.

  11. caseloweraz:

    DaveL: “Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t African American women engaging in the workforce and in higher education at historically unprecedented levels?”

    The one who lives at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue certainly is.

  12. mobius:

    This Oklahoman hangs his head in shame.

    Kern, Inhofe, Coburn and OMG many others.

  13. D. C. Sessions:

    This Oklahoman hangs his head in shame.

    Kern, Inhofe, Coburn and OMG many others.

    If it were only OK it wouldn’t be so bad. Kind of like gerrymandering the Mindless Party. Alas, it’s more like the other way ’round.

  14. Subtract Hominem:

    Sally Kern? The same Sally Kern who can’t quite tell the difference between The Onion and news?

  15. adobo:

    They grow the biggest Republican morons in Oklahoma!!

  16. dingojack:

    adobo – is that Weird Al’s follow-up to Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota?
    :) Dingo

  17. dan4:

    @8: I like this blog, but Mr. Brayton has a clumsy habit of not checking the dates of certain news items before posting them. He also has this problem on his facebook page, where he posted the “current” news of Lena Horne passing away. Mrs. Horne died three years ago.

  18. Childermass:

    Watch the entire statement to see just how bad it was. It can be found in this Tulsa World article.

    Yes Kern got reprimanded, but that just a joke and was the minimum her caucus could have gotten away with. She would be win reelection with ease: no Democrat dared to run against her and a Republic primary challenge was crushed.

    And as Dr. Hutchison points out, her even dumber husband is running for State Senate.

  19. equisetum:

    This story was from two years ago. Why are you posting it as current news?

    I think he got this tip from me. I got it from tpm via their “Next on TPM” link, which counterintuitively seems to pull articles from the tpm time machine. I didn’t check the date, and I don’t blame Ed for not catching it either.

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