One would think Oklahoma state representative Sally Kern had learned to think before she spoke. In 2008, she left everyone appalled by her remark that gay people are a greater threat to the U.S. than terrorists.
But the Republican lawmaker has once again put her foot in her mouth, and this time, the constituents may not be so forgiving.
CBS News reports that at a debate on the affirmative action bill last Wednesday, Kern declared that women don’t work as hard because they “tend to think a little bit more about their families.” She also questioned whether blacks have high numbers in prison because “they didn’t want to work hard in school.”
To say the least, Kern’s words have earned her a bit of criticism and public outcry. In an attempt to defuse the controversy, Kern has apologized and changed her opinion. Now, she says that “women are some of the hardest workers in the world,” and what she said did not come from her “true spirit.”
But the National Association of Colored People’s (NAACP) Oklahoma chapter is not impressed. Anthony Davis, the president of the NAACP’s Oklahoma Chapter, has rejected her apology and called for her resignation. He urges all of her constituents to call for her removal.
“Let’s send a message out that in Oklahoma we will not tolerate racism at its ugliest level,” said Davis.