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Today in Old-Timey Racism


Kansas, always bringing the class.

A Kansas state lawmaker made racist comments about blacks and marijuana, saying that African-Americans had the worst response to the drug because of their “character makeup, their genetics.”

The lawmaker, Republican Rep. Steve Alford of Ulysses, apologized Monday amid mounting criticism.

Alford made the statements over the weekend at a legislative coffee event in response to a question about marijuana legalization.

“What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas (and) across the United States, what was the reason they did that?” Alford said at the event. “One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, the African-Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off those drugs just because (of) their character makeup, their genetics, and that.”

The rest of the article consists of Alford saying he’s not racist, because of course the ultimate arbiter of who is racist is ourselves. Then other white Republican male Kansas state legislators agree he is not racist. Great times. Enjoy some music.

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