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Groups Call For Sally Kern To Resign Following Bigoted Comments

Homophobic Oklahoman Congresswoman Sally Kern, who on more than one occasion has compared gays and lesbians to terrorists, has shown that she's not hateful toward just one group of people. The hateful Republican has now proven herself to also be both racist and sexist.

CBS News reports on the bigoted comments she made during a debate on an affirmative action bill.

6a00d8341c730253ef0133f325af09970b-800wi "During a legislative debate late Wednesday, Kern questioned whether there were disproportionately high numbers of blacks in state prisons because 'they didn't want to work hard in school.' Kern also said women don't work as hard as men because they 'tend to think a little bit more about their families.'"

Kern has since issued an apology:

“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. Women are some of the hardest workers in the world. My husband is a pastor of a diverse inner-city church and the way that my words came out last night is certainly not my true spirit.”

The NAACP, the Oklahoma Democrat Party and the Oklahoma chapter of the Council of American-Islamic Relations have all called for her resignation.

According to one report, Governor Mary Fallin does not want to see Kern step down: "(Fallin) said she is not going to ask Kern to step down but she is 'disappointed in her comments regarding women and African-Americans.'  The governor also said she is "glad that Rep. Kern has since apologized."

Update: GLAAD joins the number of groups calling for Kern's resignation: "Given her long and well-documented history of extreme bias towards minorities, this apology means nothing. Republicans and Democrats alike agree that the kind of blatant bigotry from an elected official like Sally Kern has no place in our public sphere."

Watch her outrageously racist and sexist rants, AFTER THE JUMP.

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  1. Ah, the old "I, too, have friends who are black" back-peddling... Gee, that's such a heart-felt apology when you add that part.

    Thanks, everything is OK now, Sally. Back to your normally scheduled twaddle.

    Posted by: johnny | Apr 30, 2011 11:55:33 AM


  2. Notice how Kerns didn't refer to people of color as African-Americans in her original statement! And, somehow she "misspoke". No you didn't you racist, sexist, homophobic bigot! You spoke YOUR truth.

    Posted by: Darren | Apr 30, 2011 11:55:36 AM


  3. I love how the visible people on camera who are listening to her get restless and can barely stomach her babble. One guy even has to get up and leave during her speech.

    Posted by: Paul | Apr 30, 2011 12:00:53 PM


  4. How many chances is this piece of human filth going to get? Her constituency must be quite the upstanding citizens...

    Posted by: ichabod | Apr 30, 2011 12:10:03 PM


  5. How is this defensible?! Mind-boggling.

    Posted by: shanesoho | Apr 30, 2011 12:31:08 PM


  6. Darn words always tripping people up. It's a good thing they're not connected to what we actually think.

    Posted by: marshallt | Apr 30, 2011 12:41:17 PM


  7. We're in the digital age. Comments like those that Kern makes every time she opens her bigoted mouth will be recorded and documented for future generations.

    We're going to see a lot of change in the next century. Future generations are going to look at comments like Kern's as evidence of the dying gasp of 20th Century Bigotry in America. In a time where Equality is being embraced while prejudice dies, the GOP will forever be tainted by the shame of these Moments where their backward thinking shamed America.

    Think of how history will remember you.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 30, 2011 12:44:45 PM


  8. How hateful can you be and still be a qualified leader?

    Posted by: Mike | Apr 30, 2011 12:47:16 PM


  9. Oh, if only Jan Hooks were still on Saturday Night Live! She's had a new character to play.

    Posted by: Gregoire | Apr 30, 2011 1:14:01 PM


  10. I don't see the point in asking her to step down, even if she puts on a white hood and starts burning crosses She was elected as an open bigot. The real problem is not Sally Kern; it's that there are not enough rational and fair- minded citizens in Oklahoma to show up on election days.

    Posted by: Gregv | Apr 30, 2011 1:22:00 PM


  11. Gregv,

    I agree completely. This is what they all think anyway, so they would be hypocritical for asking her to resign.

    At least she's honest. Better this then those slime balls who carefully and quietly vote away rights for minorities.

    Its also very important for the public who voted her in to be accountable for what they did.

    She says her husbands ministry is in a an 'inner city' district, meaning that black folk go there too.

    Oh well. Maybe this will be a wake up call to them to not worship some pastor cause he's 'christian' and vote for his wife.

    People need to take responsibility for their actions when they vote without researching or learning about the person they want in.

    Posted by: Rowan | Apr 30, 2011 1:28:38 PM


  12. Anyway, where are the free speech police who were FUMING at the mouths when that lesbian won over the comedian in Canada? They were soooo upset.

    Isn't this free speech? Where are they? At least this woman didn't stalk black people telling them this like the comedian did after the act to the lesbian couple!

    Posted by: Rowan | Apr 30, 2011 1:30:35 PM


  13. Wow, just read her wiki page. She's been re-elected ala Bachman since 2004.

    And 1500 came out to support her after her really mean, thoughtless, unvoiced and poisonous views about gays.

    Hmmm, her constituents like her and who she is.

    I say this as a black guy but it serves any black person right for voting for her because she is anti-gay.

    Hey AA's I don't care whether it's not the same being black but this is all in your head. You will always be the 'other' to the GOP.

    Accept. Fact.

    Choose your battles AA friends!

    Posted by: Rowan | Apr 30, 2011 1:42:56 PM


  14. she just helps to prove the repuks are a party of hate bigotry and exclusion. they hate gays blacks women, old people. does this sound anything from history? just don't go to any
    summer camps organized by the repuks. it is time for all these groups to join together and make the repuks a real minority party.

    Posted by: walter | Apr 30, 2011 1:43:31 PM


  15. This is INEXCUSABLE in this day and age. Get her ass outta there.

    When are we going to stop accepting apologies for racist, homophobic or other hate speech? There simply isn't any excuse any more. Every public figure - actor, politician, businessman - has a PR "handler" whose responsibility it is to provide advice on public appearances. The fact that she thinks she can get away with this by simply offering a "humble apology" is ludicrous.

    Posted by: Steve | Apr 30, 2011 2:19:40 PM


  16. Wingnut Sally didn't get this much attention when she said that homosexuality is like a cancer in your toe that you have to cut out. Or when she said that the gay agenda was the most serious threat to our country, even more than terrorism.

    Now that she has slandered women and African-Americans she's getting noticed. This woman is a bigoted wingnut who believes that our laws should conform to whatever she thinks the Bible tells her.

    She's the lunatic who nearly pushed through a law in Oklahoma that would have made it illegal for schools to penalize students for their "religious viewpoints." In other words, if you believe that the world is approximately 6,000 years old and that the Earth is the center of the universe, those answers would have to be graded as correct in your Earth science class. It was eventually vetoed by the governor.

    She had previously tried to ram through a bill along the same lines that would have required schools to accept as correct any answers based on the Bible in science class but that bill died in a senate committee after passing the ignorant Oklahoma House of Representatives.

    Wingnut Sally is a bigoted Christianist hypocrite, married to a Baptist minister, who believes that all gay people should have no rights whatsoever and that their homosexual acts should be criminalized.

    Wingnut Sally should be put away for the good of humanity. She's not fit for public display.

    Posted by: Ninong | Apr 30, 2011 2:33:05 PM


  17. Interesting that Towleroad hasn't printed any stuff that GOproud has said about how the GOP are the only party that can help gay rights and that Obama has done nothing.

    Oh well, thank god for JoeMyGod!

    Posted by: Rowan | Apr 30, 2011 3:01:48 PM


  18. I live in Norman, OK, a fairly liberal town, and sometimes, surrounded by all my friends and our friends, I forget that we're surrounded on all sides by absolute barbarians. But this is a beautiful place, and there are beautiful people here, and those fiends will not entirely take it from us.

    Posted by: Clint | Apr 30, 2011 3:06:24 PM


  19. I really don't blame Sally Kern, she is reflecting what many Americans feels. My question is who continues to re-elect her? Shame on the people who keep her in an elective position so she can legitimize these horrible views and actually effect policy that hurts unprotected classes in Oklahoma.

    Posted by: Lloyd | Apr 30, 2011 3:17:35 PM


  20. If this doesn't lead to loud calls for resignation, what would? There need to be some standards of reasonable discourse in public life.

    I have been reading about US Republican support for Mussolini and Hitler before we entered WWII. They opposed rearmament quite vigorously and successfully excluded boatloads of Jewish refugees, who were later killed. Extremism of that sort is no less common and no less dangerous today. Their selfish rhetoric is basically the same now as it was then. Grim.

    Posted by: Rob | Apr 30, 2011 3:52:40 PM


  21. Does it seem to anyone else that the GOP's "energy plan" is simply harnessing the 'power' of American Bigotry?

    Feeding lies, keeping people stupid, and using their ignorance and bigotry for their own financial gain.

    This woman is an insult to everything America is supposed to be about, yet has seldom had the chance to be.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Apr 30, 2011 3:59:49 PM


  22. Since that chamber doesn't look like the U.S.House, why is she called a congresswoman? Is she actually a state Rep.? A governor would have no say in disciplining a member of Congress. Who is fact checking on this award winning blog?

    Posted by: Contrarian | Apr 30, 2011 5:42:02 PM


  23. She misspoke.

    Black men who excel in high school, go to college, marry and stay with their wives and families usually end up in prison
    .

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 30, 2011 7:03:01 PM


  24. oh NOW people want her to resign???

    Posted by: joe c | Apr 30, 2011 9:08:06 PM


  25. Gosh, whatever man owns that property needs to get her to shut up. REAL Christian women keep their mouths shut. It's in the bible.

    Posted by: Rich | Apr 30, 2011 9:16:43 PM


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