It’s hard to believe that in 2015 a human being could seriously say something so ridiculously racist until you realize it’s a Republican. Then you see he’s from Mississippi and the ridiculous sadly becomes just another day in the regressive south.
Mississippi State Rep. Gene Alday (R, in case there was any doubt), went on a tirade against the black community recently in an interview with the Clarion-Ledger.
Alday clearly believes the dialogue so many racists in his state have based their political and personal philosophies on dating all the way back to the first white sheets being made into hooded robes:
I come from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.
He had this to say about his memory of an emergency room visit:
I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots.
Alday also said that he didn’t see any schools in need of funding, implying that trying to increase the impact on schools in black neighborhoods would be a waste of time.
Mississippi has a serious education issue. The article Alday oozed racism all over is about the reading level of third-graders. It’s been estimated that 28 percent of Mississippi third-graders would fail standardized testing to move on to the fourth grade.
Rather than hold them back, Republicans want to push them through, because they don’t know where the money would come from to teach them to read.
When this issue comes up, lawmakers and educators tend to look at Florida, which pumped nearly a billion dollars into education specifically to get third-graders over this particular hump in the road.
Florida seldom does anything right, but when it comes to education they have apparently decided to lose the stereotypical stigma of southern states and incompetence.
Mississippi doesn’t seem to get it. They are expecting similar results on a $25 million budget.
Apparently nobody taught their legislators math when they were in school. Go figure.