“Women usually don’t want to work as hard as a man. Women tend to think a little bit more about their family, wanting to be at home more time, wanting to have a little more leisure time. I’m not saying women don’t work hard. Women like … to have a moderate work life with plenty of time for spouse and children and other things like that. They work very hard, but sometimes they aren’t willing to commit their whole life to their job like a lot of men do.”
Wow. These are the comments made by Oklahoma State Rep. Sally Kern during a debate on affirmative action. I would love for Kern to have the ovaries to say this in the face of a single mom who is working three jobs to keep herself and her kids housed, clothed and fed.
Oh, but wait! There’s more! Rep. Kern also had the racist idiocy to explain why black people deserve be on unequal footing in society, too.
“[In response to another representative's comment about affirmative action] What about personal initiative? What about personal drive? What about hard work? Doesn’t that enter in somewhere? It’s character that ought to count … [A third representative mentioned the statistic that one in four black men are in prison or on probation] … Is this just because they’re black that they’re in prison, or could it be because they didn’t want to work hard in school? I taught school for 20 years, and I saw a lot of people of color who didn’t want to work as hard. They wanted it given to them.”
Oy vey. I know I shouldn’t be surprised, seeing as this comes from a woman who three years ago said gays in Oklahoma were a bigger threat than al-Qaeda terrorists, but still. Here’s the apology statement Rep. Kern issued on Thursday:
I want to humbly apologize for my statements last night about African-Americans and women. I believe that our government should not provide preference based on race or gender. I misspoke while trying to convey this point last night during debate.
Mispoke … or flip-flopping on her own racist and sexist beliefs? [NewsOK.com]