When I read or hear about certain things that elected officials say, I sometimes have to sit back and ask, “what were you thinking?”
On his blog, Atlanta Public Affairs, fellow Peach Pundit front-pager DecaturGuy highlighted the following comment from state Sen. John Douglas in regards to th Genarlow Wilson case:
“…if it had been my daughter, he [Genarlow Wilson] wouldn’t have made it to jail. Bigger problems would have awaited other than the judge and jury. But almost certainly the girls didn’t have fathers at home to guide them in their teen years. Another casualty of the welfare system.”
[Source: 6/11/2007 JasonPye.com blog entry “UPDATED: Wilson to be freed”]
With all due respect to Sen. Douglas, that has got to be one of the most racist and condescending comments that I have ever seen from a politician.
First of all, Douglas assumes…let me repeat that…assumes that the two girls in the Genarlow Wilson case were on welfare. Then, the Senator from Social Circle, Georgia makes another assumption; that the two girls were at fault because they didn’t have daddies at home teaching them the difference between right and wrong.
Excuse my language, but Sen. Douglas doesn’t know a damn thing about those two girls, so for him to make the assumption that they were on welfare and didn’t have daddies is irresponsible, arrogant, and Sen. Douglas needs to apologize for his insensitive remarks.
Now I’m not too happy about having to inject race into this discussion, but if I may venture an opinion, I suggest to you that John Douglas would not have made those comments and assumptions if those two girls were not black. Here’s a memo for you Sen. Douglas; not all black folks are on welfare and not all black folks come from a home where’s there no father-figure in the household.
Sen. Douglas, you really need to apologize.