Republican Rep. Steve Alford of the Kansas House is attempting to save face with bullsh*t apologies after making insanely racist comments about African Americans.
Last week, Alford linked the genetics of black people to the use of marijuana. Following public outrage, he issued a statement explaining how sorry he is for being a raging bigot. (Which was a total accident, of course.)
“I was wrong, I regret my comments and I sincerely apologize to anyone whom I have hurt,” Alford said in a statement Monday.
During a Town Hall event on Saturday, Alford told the crowd that the “character makeup” and “genetics” of black people gave them a lower tolerance for marijuana.
“Basically any way you say it, marijuana is an entry drug into the higher drugs,” Alford said when asked if legalizing pot could help the state’s economy. “What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas [and] across the United States.
“What was the reason why they did that?” he continued. “One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that.”
Alford’s fellow legislators were shocked at his openly racist remarks.
“I think that is outrageous,” said Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, a Democrat from Wichita, the Capital-Journal reported. “For a sitting state representative to say that, I just can’t believe it. You can’t put everybody into one category. He should be more of a statesman and get facts.”
When speaking to the Telegram on Monday, Alford had the cajones to stand by the basic premise of his comments. All he had to say for himself, besides that he was right, was that he shouldn’t have picked out a specific group.
“There are certain groups of people, their genetics, the way their makeup is, the chemicals will affect them differently,” Alford said. “That’s what I should have said was drugs affect people differently instead of being more specific.”
Because that makes it all better, right? What the hell is wrong with these people? Oh, that’s right. They’re racist. But we should all forgive them when they accidentally let their true colors show? Sorry, Alford. That’s not how this works. That’s not how any of this works.
You can see Alford go on his racist rant below: