...And Republicans say what's really on their mind about African-Americans. This one comes to us from the Jackson Clarion-Ledger in Mississippi, in an article about education spending in the Magnolia State when 2 in 7 third-graders in the state are expected to fail the state's reading test and will have to attend summer school. We go to near the bottom of the article, for responses to the request for more state school funding. GOP State Rep. Gene Alday is not a fan and lets the mask slip:
For years, Southern Echo, a grassroots civil rights group in Jackson, has been working with African-American students. "If the governor is sincere about making universal literacy a gateway, rather than a gatekeeper, he would support full funding for what it will take to get the literacy job done," said co-founder Mike Sayer, pointing out that Florida has invested $1 billion.
State Rep. Gene Alday, R-Walls, doesn't believe any more funding is needed. "I don't see any schools hurting," he said.
But then he went on to say that Mississippi "has a lot of bad school districts. The people are electing superintendents that don't know anything about education."
The former mayor of Walls (population 1,248) went on to say, "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 to go to the emergency room for pain, he said. "I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots."
Needless to say, in a state that's 38% black, that's not going over well as at least one Clarion-Ledger columnist is calling for Alday to retire. If that's the case however, a lot of Mississippians are going to have to recuse themselves from public office, because you're straight up bonkers if you think Alday -- or his constituents -- are alone in thinking this.
Keep up that minority outreach, guys.