Finally, a Bernie Sanders endorser who isn't anti-Semitic. Still really racist though.
More than a dozen community groups have called on Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) to apologize for a series of racial slurs sources say she used to describe her primary election opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).
Scott is alleged to have referred to Chang as "ching-chang" and "the ching-chong" to multiple voters outside polling precincts during last Tuesday's election. She's also said to have called one of Chang's campaign volunteers an “immigrant,” saying “you don’t belong here” and “I want you out of my country.”
The various off-color remarks were heard by multiple people connected with Chang, including Chang's husband, who spoke with Metro Times. Sean Gray says after overhearing Cook disparage Chang outside a precinct on the east side of Detroit, "I ... asked her not to speak about my wife in that manner. At that time she said to the voter that 'these immigrants from China are coming over and taking our community from us.' Further, she said it 'disgusts her seeing black people holding signs for these Asians and not supporting their own people.'"
A Republican who did any of these things would be finished. But there are different rules for Democrat identity politics members. And Scott has apologized.
“We live in a time of increasing divisiveness,” she said. “As a state representative, I should never do anything to contribute to an atmosphere of divisiveness and for that, I am terribly sorry. I look forward to meeting with Rep. Chang to express my apologies directly to her as soon as she’s able to meet with me.”
Again, this wouldn't fly with any other group.
I hope that the New York Times' new racist Sarah Jeong will offer some nuanced take on this. If you can't be racist toward someone with more privilege than you, is this even racist? Is it reverse racism? Is it all the fault of white privilege? Or, like the economic failure of socialism, are we supposed to pretend it never happened?
Anyway it shouldn't be too surprising that Scott endorsed Bernie Sanders.
Former State Rep. Betty Cook Scott of Detroit also linked Flint’s water crisis to her endorsement.
“Whether he was fighting for civil rights as a young man in Chicago, or voting against the war in Iraq, or promoting criminal justice reform, he has shown he cares about those who have no voice,” Scott said of Sanders. “We can no longer overlook an entire community in this country because they don’t fit a convenient demographic or profile.”
So much for supporting your own people. Didn't she realize that Hillary Clinton carried a bottle of hot sauce in her purse?