About Sally Kern...Hi All!
As everyone knows, the news of the week both on a local and national level has been the comments made by Rep. Sally Kern on the House Floor in the late hours of session on Wednesday. As someone who was there in person, imagine my utter shock as I heard the words exit her mouth. Between the audible gasps throughout the chamber and the jaws dropped between myself and those around, it was hard to gather my thoughts. Being the communications person I am, I recognized the necessity for an immediate response--contacting Todd and the ODP team. We utilized both traditional and social media outlets, which were key, and as you are aware, it spread like wild fire. While I understand I helped bring more embarrassing attention to our great state, it must be said, comments like her's, and mentalities like her's cannot be ignored and should be confronted. Hopefully starting now, we can build momentum and campaigns to get people such as Rep. Kern out of office. The truth is, the news of the day is that SJR15 passed. Kern's comments just were an ironic blatant example of why the bill should not have passed, why discrimination against minorities and women is not dead, and why affirmative action is still needed. Now it will be a question on the ballot in 2012, and I hope we can work together to inform voters of Oklahoma what the facts are and why not protecting minorities is bad for business.
I do urge everyone to take any action they can regarding her statements--sign petitions, call her, call Republican leadership, inform your neighbors, co-workers and family. Her apologies fall on deaf ears--her words are obviously indicative of her 'true spirit' and ideology--and no "I'm sorry" is going to negate that fact.
I wish Sally Kern would follow the words of the Dalai Lama:
"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion." But until then, we can conduct ourselves in that matter and confront those who ignite and spread hate.
A proud hard-working woman,
Oklahoma Democratic Party
WATCH THE VIDEO!
Oklahoma Democratic Party Initial ResponseOklahoma Democratic Party Calls for Resignation
NewsOK: Oklahoma lawmaker's comments draw response
KOCO: NAACP Calls for Kern's Resignation After Minority Comment
Tulsa World: State House sends affirmative action ban to voters
The Lost Ogle: Sally Kern thinks black people are lazy and don't like school...
News9: Democrats ask Rep. Sally Kern to step downTulsa Today: Kern controversy: comments draw minority leader's condemnation
Associated Press: Okla. legislator slights blacks, women in debate
Tulsa World: Rep. Kern apologizes, won't be disciplined
The Journal Record: Fourth Reading: Really, Sally?KFOR: OK Rep makes controversial statements about women, minorities
Tulsa World: Kern should be punished for insult
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC: Oklahoma's Affirmative Action Fight
The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC: Overt racism no bar to mainstream politicsThe Daily Mail: 'Black people don't want to work as hard'
Perez Hilton: Oklahoma State Legislator Makes Horrid Racist & Sexist CommentsThink Progress: Oklahoma GOP Lawmaker Sally Kern: 'Blacks' don't work as hard as white people
The Huffington Post: Sally Kern: Minorities Earn Less Because They Don't Work as HardDanbury News Times: Okla. legislator slights blacks, women in debate
Talking Points Memo: Oklahoma GOPer: It's a fact that 'blacks' don't work as hard
The Advocate: Antigay Okla. Lawmaker makes racist remarks
Think Progress: Oklahoma GOP refuses to reprimand lawmaker who called 'blacks' lazyMilwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: State Rep. Sally Kern says blacks are lazy
BET: Oklahoma Republican says blacks don't work as hard as whitesThe Atlanta Post: Oklahoma lawmaker says blacks and women aren't hard workers
The Advocate: NAACP wants Sally Kern to resignArkansas Times: Arkansas's gift to Oklahoma--a bigot
Comedy Central's Indecision Forever: The problem with black people
Truth Wins Out: Sally Kern also a racist, reports Sally Kern
Social Media & Petitions
Facebook: Sally Kern Does Not Represent Me
Facebook Poll: Does Sally speak for you?Facebook Poll: Should Gov. Fallin publicly condemn Sally Kern's statements?
Sign Petition: Sally Kern: You Do Not Speak For Me!
Sign Petition: Sally Kern Doesn't Speak for Me!