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Texas Lawmaker Calls Katrina Child Victims “Coοnαss”

A Texas Republican republican recently used a racial slur in reference to child victims of Dennis BonnenHurricane Katrina.

During a hearing on migrant children, Texas Rep. Dennis Bonnen (R) referred to Hurricane Katrina child victims as “coοnαss.”

Bonnen, Speaker Pro Tempore of the House, lamented the state’s experience with children from Hurricane Katrina when discussing how to help migrant children.

“I want to be clear,” he said. “A Katrina child is far different. We can make jokes and pick on Louisiana and it’s fun and all that, but it’s a hell of a lot different bringing a kid over from Louisiana than a child who’s just made a treacherous journey from South America. … We had to have a teacher who could do coοnαss and English, but here we have to do Spanish and English, maybe, and there’s a higher marker.”

According to ThinkProgress, the term “cοonαss” is a racially inflammatory term:

The term “coοnαss” refers to people of Cajun descent. It is considered an offensive slur by many Cajuns, and Dictionary.com describes it as a “vulgar slang term” that is “used with disparaging intent and is perceived as insulting.” The Louisiana Legislature formally condemned the use of the word in 1981. 

The racial slur was first pointed out by Ed Espinoza of Progress Texas:

“When Republicans use slurs so casually, it proves they are still clueless as to what inclusion means,” he said. “An elected official should have the judgment to know that terms like this are unacceptable, especially when directed towards kids.”

As Progress Texas noted, “When Alabama’s head football coach Nick Saban used the term in an off-the-cuff remark in 2007, it led to national media coverage and a public apology.”

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42 Comment

  1. Are we really surprised by this type of stuff anymore?

  2. But, where is the rest of the story?!!! Did he issue an apology? I don't need to know the history on the word coonass! Y'all are the worst journalists ever! And, I use the term journalist very lightly!

  3. These racist A$$ bast***s in the Republican can say anything or do anything and the voters in Texas let them get away with it. This racist bigoted Republican has no business being in the House of Representatives however in Texas if you are a white racist you are a hero.

    • I totally agree 200%!

  4. A racist republican politician

  5. A racist republican politician

  6. For some folk this is how they talk. For those of you that thought the level of hatred for being black in America has decreased, we get daily confirmation that it has perhaps increased. Shame on them.

  7. Now you see why Republican have low morals standards for people of color by any race so do we need them is a mistake of being a human being. Let's make republicans a zero term in government for life , but kind of remind you how Mitt held that private fund raising speaking about minorities and Obama and he loss so let get them out of office so the can go butt sniffing together

  8. Now you see why Republican have low morals standards for people of color by any race so do we need them is a mistake of being a human being. Let's make republicans a zero term in government for life , but kind of remind you how Mitt held that private fund raising speaking about minorities and Obama and he loss so let get them out of office so the can go butt sniffing together

  9. Now you see why Republican have low morals standards for people of color by any race so do we need them is a mistake of being a human being. Let's make republicans a zero term in government for life , but kind of remind you how Mitt held that private fund raising speaking about minorities and Obama and he loss so let get them out of office so the can go butt sniffing together

  10. Now you see why Republican have low morals standards for people of color by any race so do we need them is a mistake of being a human being. Let's make republicans a zero term in government for life , but kind of remind you how Mitt held that private fund raising speaking about minorities and Obama and he loss so let get them out of office so the can go butt sniffing together

  11. Now you see why Republican have low morals standards for people of color by any race so do we need them is a mistake of being a human being. Let's make republicans a zero term in government for life , but kind of remind you how Mitt held that private fund raising speaking about minorities and Obama and he loss so let get them out of office so the can go butt sniffing together

  12. Now you see why Republican have low morals standards for people of color by any race so do we need them is a mistake of being a human being. Let's make republicans a zero term in government for life , but kind of remind you how Mitt held that private fund raising speaking about minorities and Obama and he loss so let get them out of office so the can go butt sniffing together

  13. Now you see why Republican have low morals standards for people of color by any race so do we need them is a mistake of being a human being. Let's make republicans a zero term in government for life , but kind of remind you how Mitt held that private fund raising speaking about minorities and Obama and he loss so let get them out of office so the can go butt sniffing together

  14. Now you see why Republican have low morals standards for people of color by any race so do we need them is a mistake of being a human being. Let's make republicans a zero term in government for life , but kind of remind you how Mitt held that private fund raising speaking about minorities and Obama and he loss so let get them out of office so the can go butt sniffing together

  15. Ed Espinosa you know darn well that those white people who use those racial remarks are very aware of the meaning of those hateful words.

  16. I agree. Integration may have helped us some, but it also did as much damage. We may have lost more than we gained.

  17. I agree. Integration may have helped us some, but it also did as much damage. We may have lost more than we gained.

  18. I agree. Integration may have helped us some, but it also did as much damage. We may have lost more than we gained.

  19. I agree. Integration may have helped us some, but it also did as much damage. We may have lost more than we gained.

  20. I agree. Integration may have helped us some, but it also did as much damage. We may have lost more than we gained.

  21. I don't know about the level of hatred decreasing or increasing. It just feels "different". I have no doubt that "white people" would still pull a gun on me and call me a n***** lover still. But, it just "feels" different. I don't know.I think maybe people of both races who are not racist avoid those who are more. I hope, for young people, including my son, that more tolerance of each other could just be. I doubt it any time soon. I don't know. It is frightening, the level of murders.

  22. These are the people who make the laws that effect each and every one of us who babazool us in believing their BS lies. People wake up because they are the ones who are slowly destroying this nation

  23. You sound like me, you are spot on.

  24. Racism white-Supremacy is alive and well and gone no where. Anyone who thought differently, should open their eyes. Nothing has changed at all.

  25. Its a difference from being clueless then being just racist. Politicians are no longer held to a high standard of public control. They feel they are above the law and it's people like us who allow this outragest deplay play out in our society. So we are to blame. So afraid to stand up and fight racism.

  26. So true.

  27. Any public official using racial and discriminating language compromises any fairness in any congressional policy governing all the people… He & like-minded bigots/colleagues should be deemed *unqualified* to govern…

  28. I'm afraid that will make little difference. When it comes to Democrats they don't do much better, but at least they keep quiet about it. Democrats have hired less than 1% of minority when it comes to campaigning on their behalf as well as around 1% loan approval for minority business (would be) owners. This is the world we live in. I wish it as was easy as what Sharon Anthony above suggested, but it's hard to tell one who is racist from one who is not. I never know…or at least most of the time you don't…

  29. Doesn't matter if he apologize or not! whites feel they can say what they want apologize and blacks accept! #Bullshyte
    when high power aholes come up missing and nvr to be found! 🙂 it is then that they will watch what they say! 😉

  30. Just like the cops in Florida that belonged to the Klan, there are folks in politics that belong to the KKK! There are judges, lawyers etc., that belong. This is nothing new but one thing I do notice that none of the rednecks has the nerve to say these things in front of a Black person, it is always when they are among themselves. Which tells me they are cowards!

  31. drjannah WE did lose more with integrations: black business, black neighborhoods so many of us race to the other folks stores & neighborhoods.

  32. You completely missed the point of my comment. I don't give a rat's azz if he apologized! My point was the story was is incomplete (as always) and they didn't give us any details on what happened afterwards! Did he apologize? Was he reprimanded? This would've been nice to know!

  33. actually I didn't! you didn't define your sarcasm until after I posted my comment. better luck next time. 🙂

  34. My sarcasm was defined was defined very early on! Your dumb ass just didn't get it! Maybe someone should've paid closer attention in Sarcasm 101! #StupidMuch

  35. I see Annette Williams tried to delete or hide her reply…
    so here you go Missy!
    one you tried to.talk about the writ of the columnist; there.wasn't sarcasm 0_o so.your the dummy.
    two, your get upset at a fellow black.female for replying; you just showed your own personal ignorance, then you end with the non correct usage of two words "stupid much" 0_o
    And I need to pay attention! 0_0 …. lol O.K.!!! I see you get angry easy.. do.you have High blood pressure? Diabetes? cholesterol issues? 🙂 I think you should go see a doctor.. there is.a underline problem there, for.your well being plz get that checked out!..
    ^ ^ ^.^.^ ^ ^ ^
    Now.that is.Sarcasm 1on1 😉
    hope you took notes! 😉

  36. go to the comment thread and lets crush these ricans.

  37. THAT MAN KNOW WHAT HE WAS SAYING WHEN HE SAID IT.HE MIGHT HAVE DIDNT WANT TO SAY IT AT THE TIME BUT HIS PREJUDICE IS SO DEEP,IT MADE HIM TELL ON HIS SELF.NOTHING NEW.

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