Play The Race Card And Run! Louisiana Senator Shamed By Own Comments; Dodges Press
Louisiana State Senator Karen Carter-Peterson lashed out at her Legislative peers who oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Monday, declaring from the floor of the Senate chamber that the only reason theyâ€™re against Obamacare is because President Barack Obama himself is black.
Local TV station WBRZ tried to catch up with her Wednesday to get her to elaborate, but she did this (the running starts at the :43 mark):
Peterson, who chairs the Louisiana Democratic Party, told her colleagues: â€śItâ€™s not about how many Federal dollars we can receive — itâ€™s not about that. You ready? Itâ€™s about race. No, nobody wants to talk about that. Itâ€™s about the race of this African-American President.â€ť
Clearly, Peterson herself didnâ€™t want to talk about that in the aftermath.
Petersonâ€™s not the only minority representing the State in Baton Rouge. Bobby Jindal, Louisianaâ€™s Republican Governor, is the son of first-generation immigrants into the U.S. from India. Black lawmakers also comprise 20 percentÂ of the Louisiana State Legislature; 32 percent of the Stateâ€™s population is black.
Ben Bullard Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.
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