Skip to comments.Gov. Rick Scott to African-American legislators: “You guys”
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 youre black.
The governors 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.
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I think the proper term is “youse guys”.
And this from John Wiley Price... “All of you are white. Go to hell!”...is acceptable.
That’ll teach him to pander to those people....(oops!)
why even bother talking to those black racists?
Some people wake up looking to be offended by the sun.................
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.
How stupid. They are trying to pull the maxed out race card on THIS?
Stop over generalizing...its probably just 82% doing it 80% of the time when it comes to politics or economics...
“The laws of gravity are racist” — Former DC Mayor and convicted drug felon Marion Barry.
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.
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.
Obama is bankrupting America but Rick Scott makes an innocent comment and they make a huge issue out of it.
Next time he addresses a black audience like that, bring a gullah or ebonics translater. Sorry, but Barbara Billingsly has recently died.
That qualifies her to vote Democrat.
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.
He should have said,Bro’s and Ho’s.
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.
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?)
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.
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...
I hope they keep using it. The more they use it, the sooner it'll wear out.
Don’t be sexist. It’s “youse people”.
Was there a woman among the gathered Dems? They could claim he’s sexist too for saying, “you guys.”
It's Florida, the term is "Ya'll", ya'll.
LOL...Spongebob would be proud.
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.
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!!!!
Y’all - a contraction of “you all”.
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.
Next thing you know, he'll pick a black woman to be his Lt. Governor.
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.
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.
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...
Uh.... that would be Y’all.
I thought the proper term was black garbage pail kids.
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.”