Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Sally Kern's (Male) World: 'You See Women Don't Usually Want to Work as Hard'

Rep. Sally Kern, Republican of Oklahoma City, has apologized. She's also been reprimanded by her Oklahoma House colleagues for her bonehead remarks last week about blacks and women.

Not all of her conservative Republican allies were willing to condemn Kern. That's odd, given that Kern herself—to her credit—has admitted she was wrong. 

So who refused to reprimand Kern, thus implicitly endorsing her racist and sexist comments?

Those legislators, members of the Taliban wing of the Oklahoma GOP, are over-the-edge social and religious conservatives, including Randy Terrill of Moore, of course, and gun-happy Jason Murphey of Guthrie.

Closer to home, there's Baptist activist Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow.  Actually, Kern's supporters included a number of legislators of the Baptist persuasion, including Gus Blackwell, James Lockhart, and Paul Wesselhoft. Surprise—Kern is Baptist too.

From what we could tell, none of the women in the legislature voted against the reprimand. Wonder why they didn't support their female colleague?

Oh wait—they paid attention to Kern's words:
“[Women] make 77 cents on the dollar see women don’t usually want to work as hard as a man. Women tend to think more of their family. I’m not saying women don’t work hard.....women like to....have a moderate work life with plenty of time for work and spouse and children and other things like that. ... They work very hard, but sometimes they aren’t willing to commit their whole life to their job like a lot of men do.”

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