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Gov. Rick Scott to African-American legislators: “You guys”
The State Column ^ | 16 Feb 2011

Posted on 02/16/2011 10:03:15 AM PST by mandaladon

Florida governor Rick Scott spent Monday at a luncheon with African-American lawmakers, speaking to the group about the upcoming legislative session.

In doing so, Mr. Scott seems have set off a debate over race and politics.

“I grew up probably in the same situation as you guys,” Mr. Scott said to the group of 20 Democrats. “I started school in public housing. My dad had a sixth-grade education.”

A number of state Democrats objected to the assumption. State Rep. Betty Reed said she was offended by the remark, adding “He assumed that everyone [[n the room] was poor and that can only be because you’re black.”

The governor’s comment is the latest incident to hit a state governor. Both Ohio governor John Kasich and Mississippi governor Haley Barbour are dealing with debates centered on race and politics.

Mr. Scott attended the event as part of an effort to discuss possible cuts aimed at African-American communities. The Florida Republican presented his budget last week, proposing steep cuts in social programs and education.

(Excerpt) Read more at thestatecolumn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: bfd; florida; professionalvictims; racist; rickscott; scott; thinskinned; victims; youpeople
Seems like the race card is popular with liberals!
1 posted on 02/16/2011 10:03:21 AM PST by mandaladon
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To: mandaladon

I think the proper term is “youse guys”.


2 posted on 02/16/2011 10:06:16 AM PST by Riodacat (And when all is said and done, there'll be a hell of a lot more said than done......)
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To: mandaladon

3 posted on 02/16/2011 10:06:56 AM PST by Le Chien Rouge
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To: mandaladon

And this from John Wiley Price... “All of you are white. Go to hell!”...is acceptable.


4 posted on 02/16/2011 10:07:33 AM PST by albie
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To: mandaladon

That’ll teach him to pander to those people....(oops!)


6 posted on 02/16/2011 10:08:24 AM PST by rockrr ("I said that I was scared of you!" - pokie the pretend cowboy)
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To: mandaladon
get real, those idiots were LOOKING for anything to be offended by!

why even bother talking to those black racists?

7 posted on 02/16/2011 10:08:32 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: mandaladon

Brutha please!


8 posted on 02/16/2011 10:09:40 AM PST by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Regulation without representation is tyranny.)
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To: mandaladon
You People?! Pictures, Images and Photos
9 posted on 02/16/2011 10:09:46 AM PST by Snickering Hound
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To: mandaladon

Some people wake up looking to be offended by the sun.................


10 posted on 02/16/2011 10:10:56 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: Riodacat

And if he’d said he’d gone to a private school and his dad had a Ph.D they’d accuse him of racism for not understanding the plight of their community.


11 posted on 02/16/2011 10:11:24 AM PST by Nickname
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To: mandaladon

How stupid. They are trying to pull the maxed out race card on THIS?

Desperate.


12 posted on 02/16/2011 10:11:33 AM PST by Marty62 (Marty 60)
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To: NoLibZone
99.99% of Blacks are just 100% pure BSers.


Stop over generalizing...its probably just 82% doing it 80% of the time when it comes to politics or economics...

13 posted on 02/16/2011 10:12:12 AM PST by Nat Turner (I can see NOVEMBER from my house....)
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To: mandaladon

“The laws of gravity are racist” — Former DC Mayor and convicted drug felon Marion Barry.


14 posted on 02/16/2011 10:12:28 AM PST by Tea Party Reveler
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To: TexasFreeper2009

I know Betty Reed and her comment doesn’t surprise me. She’s in way over her head. Time to take all ‘you guys’ on Scott. I didn’t look at your remark as racist and Florida has a whole lot of ‘you guys’ who need addressing.


15 posted on 02/16/2011 10:12:41 AM PST by yorkie01
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To: mandaladon
Interesting. Liberals assume that any cuts to welfare is racist, since they assume most of the people on it are minorities. A Republican assumes the same thing (minorities are poor and downtrodden) and he offends them.

Gov. Scott should apologize. And in the apology, point out that his error was based on apparently inaccurate Liberal stertoptying of minorities as poor and oppressed. He mistakenly assumed that in a nation characterized as racist as the USA is, that one should assume they were downtrodden.

16 posted on 02/16/2011 10:12:51 AM PST by 5thGenTexan
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To: mandaladon
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17 posted on 02/16/2011 10:13:39 AM PST by JRios1968 (Laz would hit it!)
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To: mandaladon

Obama is bankrupting America but Rick Scott makes an innocent comment and they make a huge issue out of it.


18 posted on 02/16/2011 10:13:39 AM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: mandaladon

Next time he addresses a black audience like that, bring a gullah or ebonics translater. Sorry, but Barbara Billingsly has recently died.


19 posted on 02/16/2011 10:14:20 AM PST by Tea Party Reveler
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To: Tea Party Reveler
"Sorry, but Barbara Billingsly has recently died"

That qualifies her to vote Democrat.

20 posted on 02/16/2011 10:17:48 AM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: mandaladon

All you need to know is he’s Republican and White. That means that anything he says or does, or doesn’t say or doesn’t do is automatically racist.


21 posted on 02/16/2011 10:18:09 AM PST by Leftism is Mentally Deranged (Liberalism is against human nature. Practicing liberalism is detrimental to your mental stability.)
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To: mandaladon

He should have said,Bro’s and Ho’s.


22 posted on 02/16/2011 10:20:12 AM PST by Cheetahcat ( November 4 2008 ,A date which will live in Infamy.)
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To: mandaladon

They are offended by their inferences, not his words or implications. It is because they are the ones that are racist. The article said he was addressing about 20 DEMOCRATS. So he was saying he was raised similar to the democrats in the room.

Now, if he had done a Ross Perot and said “you people” that might have been different. He was talking to a group of politicians and said they have similar pasts. And that is relative. I am assuming none of them were raised in Sudan.

What a bunch of whiners.


23 posted on 02/16/2011 10:20:23 AM PST by RobRoy (The US Today: Revelation 18:4)
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To: mandaladon

You formally come together and start a group like the CBC and you give up your right to b*tch if someone refers to that group as a singular entity.

A group of individuals could go either way, but if they were all both black and democrat then there is nothing wrong with him referring to them in the singular.

D*mn these people are sensitive... (see?)


24 posted on 02/16/2011 10:23:51 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: mandaladon
"I grew up probably in the same situation as you guys"
25 posted on 02/16/2011 10:26:23 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge, MA grad student. Any potential conservative Christian FReepmail-FRiends out there?)
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To: mandaladon

Black liberals are becoming like that hot little conniving cheerleader from school. You know who they are, the snotty little beeotches who wore the clothes and had the moves to get all the attention.

Look at her and it’s ‘Get your eyes off me you leering pig!’ Don’t look at her and it’s ‘Everyone’s ignoring me! There’s no men here, just boys! None of them have any idea of what to do when a woman walks by!’ They’ll beeotch about anything.


27 posted on 02/16/2011 10:30:44 AM PST by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Snickering Hound

28 posted on 02/16/2011 10:48:26 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: mandaladon

On a slightly different topic, this illustrates why a Presidential candidate works out well if they are extremely intelligent and can on-the-fly carefully construct every sentence they speak to not ever say anything that could ever possibly be construed in any remote way to have any explicit or implicit negative meaning regarding any group. Food for thought for 2012...


29 posted on 02/16/2011 11:05:17 AM PST by PieterCasparzen (Huguenot)
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To: mandaladon
Seems like the race card is popular with liberals!

I hope they keep using it. The more they use it, the sooner it'll wear out.

30 posted on 02/16/2011 11:09:02 AM PST by rllngrk33 (0bama, proof we can no longer underestimate the stupidity of the voters.)
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To: Riodacat

Don’t be sexist. It’s “youse people”.


31 posted on 02/16/2011 11:25:44 AM PST by Tanniker Smith (I didn't know she was a liberal when I married her.)
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To: mandaladon

Was there a woman among the gathered Dems? They could claim he’s sexist too for saying, “you guys.”


32 posted on 02/16/2011 11:31:15 AM PST by newzjunkey
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To: Riodacat
I think the proper term is “youse guys”.

It's Florida, the term is "Ya'll", ya'll.

33 posted on 02/16/2011 11:35:41 AM PST by sportutegrl
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To: mandaladon
But in the mentally ill land of the left if you are a black legislator and you tell a crowd...you're white go to hell...that is perfectly acceptable and not racist...

LOL...Spongebob would be proud.

34 posted on 02/16/2011 11:37:52 AM PST by surfer (To err is human, to really foul things up takes a Democrat, don't expect the GOP to have the answer!)
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To: mandaladon

What a load of BS this race baiting article is. If blacks want to stop being categorized as a group, then they first need to stop categorizing themselves as a group. And if they don’t want to be categorized as “underpriveleged” (whatever in the #$%%$ that means), they need to stop demanding to be treated as a “protected class” based on a federal presumption of being underpriveleged.


35 posted on 02/16/2011 11:42:07 AM PST by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: mandaladon
Mr. Scott attended the event as part of an effort to discuss possible cuts aimed at African-American communities.

I wonder what is meant by that statement.

The Florida Republican presented his budget last week, proposing steep cuts in social programs and education.

Oh, so cuts in social programs and education are assumed to be aimed at African Americans. How racist!!!!

36 posted on 02/16/2011 11:45:35 AM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: Leftism is Mentally Deranged
All you need to know is he’s Republican and White.
37 posted on 02/16/2011 11:45:42 AM PST by SeeSac
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To: sportutegrl

Y’all - a contraction of “you all”.


38 posted on 02/16/2011 11:52:54 AM PST by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: All; reagan_fanatic
I never understood the "you people" thing stirred by Perot. I missed out on segregation. I'm also from CA. "You people" is a general, rude, form of address I have always heard directed at gatherings of people regardless of "race, creed or color."

Of course, were I to use it, I'd be denounced for being "insensitive." There's a whole host of rhetorical land mines out there that are unknown to people who grew up in a different era or different geographic location and were not subjected to either the real bigotry or a later indoctrination, the kind that keeps its power alive.

Education begets offense. These things are *learned* and the longer we keep these trigger points alive, the longer we allow ourselves to be divided and distracted from real problem solving and genuine dialog.

I saw a piece of "outrage" piece today because a new hit song has the term "oriental" in the lyric. The writer, a college student majoring in Asian/Pacific/American (APA) studies, was "offended."

Even though the writer acknowledged the term's compliment "occidental," and how many others have expressed they are not offended by the lyric, he insisted he was right and we should all be offended, just like him, because he knew how the term was colored in the context of APA studies.

His rationale made me want to put my head through my desktop.

39 posted on 02/16/2011 11:55:43 AM PST by newzjunkey
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To: rockrr
That’ll teach him to pander to those people....(oops!)

Next thing you know, he'll pick a black woman to be his Lt. Governor.

40 posted on 02/16/2011 11:55:51 AM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average. Politicians come from the other half.)
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To: mandaladon

Didn’t someone tell Rick Scott that he can speak forthrightly to any other group but must walk on egg shells when dealing with AA legislators?

After all, the quickly offended crowd is always ready to pounce.

But at least we’re at the point where everyone else is so tired of the hustle that they just don’t care anymore about this kind of whining.


41 posted on 02/16/2011 11:57:25 AM PST by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: mandaladon

LOL!

So a luncheon group that describes itself as “African-American lawmakers” is upset because they were referred to as “you people.”

If it had been me I would have told THOSE people to KMA...after I picked myself up from LMAOROTF.


42 posted on 02/16/2011 12:03:11 PM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: mandaladon
A number of state Democrats objected to the assumption. State Rep. Betty Reed said she was offended by the remark, adding “He assumed that everyone [[n the room] was poor and that can only be because you’re black.”

Thanks for clearing that up, I erroneously thought he meant that he thought all the people in the room were white, because none of them were in jail. Or something like that.

Jeez, these people...

43 posted on 02/16/2011 12:04:19 PM PST by Kenton (Just my $0.02 worth...)
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To: sportutegrl

Uh.... that would be Y’all.


44 posted on 02/16/2011 12:04:32 PM PST by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: Riodacat
I think the proper term is “youse guys”.

I thought the proper term was “black garbage pail kids”.

-PJ

45 posted on 02/16/2011 12:10:45 PM PST by Political Junkie Too ("Comprehensive" reform bills only end up as incomprehensible messes.)
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To: RobRoy

If I were Scott I would have retorted; “There’s not a whole lot I can do about individuals who harbor feelings of insecurity and resentment. They have to figure it all out on their own.”


46 posted on 02/19/2011 7:28:45 AM PST by eaglestar
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