A Mississippi lawmaker is in hot water for comments he made in the Clarion Ledger newspaper. The DeSoto County state representative now says that the comments he made about “all the blacks” in his county being on food stamps were taken out of context.
State Rep. Gene Alday, R-Walls, came under fire from all directions after saying that African-Americans in his hometown of Walls were all on the welfare rolls.
Alday said 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 described his visit to an emergency room.
“I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (blacks) were in there being treated for gunshots.”
Now Alday says that he’s not a bad person and the article misrepresents him.
“I’m not a bad person, and that makes me look like an evil person,” Alday said Monday. “I didn’t do anything wrong. The guy made me look like a fool.”
As you could imagine, the lawmaker has been called on by some to resign for trafficking in racist stereotypes.
“I strongly reject his comments condemning any Mississippian because of their race,” said Gov. Phil Bryant, “Those day are long past.”
“I condemn the comments recently made by Rep. Gene Alday,” said House Speaker Philip Gunn, also a Republican. “They do not reflect the views of the Republican party, nor of the leadership of the House of Representatives.”
Democrats in the state, however, take a different view.
“The Republican leadership should take responsibility for the philosophical and ideological platform of its members, including messages that are reprehensible and divisive,” said state Rep. Chuck Espy, D-Clarksdale. “We should lambaste Alday, and also check those whom allow him the opportunity to speak.”