Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Illinois Senate Tea Party Candidate says Black Men Prefer Drug Dealing To Education

First Posted: 10-26-10 08:43 PM | Updated: 10-27-10 09:08 AM

Republican Party leaders in central Illinois are calling on their own candidate for state senate to step down following racist remarks he made at a candidate's forum.

Al Reynolds, who is considered the Tea Party candidate in Illinois' 52nd District, has been unavailable to the media since saying that African American men preferred dealing drugs to going to college, because it is "easier."

"I've been in the city and the dichotomy of the women and the men in the minorities, there is a difference in the fact that most minority women, either the single parent or coming from a poor neighborhood, are motivated more so than the minority men," Reynolds said, when asked what he would do to increase diversity at state colleges. "And it's a pretty good reason. Most of the women who are single parents have to find work to support their family. The minority men find it more lucrative to be able to do drugs or other avenues rather than do education. It's easier."

The room was silent as Reynolds made his remarks.

The GOP has successfully dismantled affirmative action at colleges at several states and minority enrolment has declined significantly since affirmative Action programs were established in the 1980s. 

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