Gene Alday, Asshole of the Day for February 17, 2015
How can you tell if someone’s being racist? I suppose that’s a complicated question, but when they are starting sentences with “all the blacks”, then they are certainly on the road to Racist Town, even if they eventually turn off.
Rep. Gene Alday of Mississippi claims he’s not a racist, but then he said this:
The comments in question refer to African-Americans in his hometown of Walls, a small community in DeSoto County. Alday, 57, told Clarion-Ledger investigative reporter Jerry Mitchell that he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”
He also said that when he went to the emergency room one time, “I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots.”
He would later claim he wasn’t being racist and was being quoted out of context. That seems impossible, because the only way the speaker of this quote isn’t racist is if he’s quoting a racist. These were his words, and his statement was racist.
Finally today he apologized, saying
Addressing the House of Representatives, Alday acknowledged he made a mistake without repeating his original comments.
“I didn’t do it with intent, but I am deeply sorry for my recent statements and I was wrong to say what I did and there is no excuse for my behavior,” Alday said. “I value the relationships I’ve made with everyone in this House.”
It’s great that he apologized, but it’s also to our way of thinking an admission that he is in fact the Asshole of the Day.
This is Rep. Alday’s first time as Asshole of the Day.
Full story: The Clarion Ledger
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