Quantcast
Connect with us

Texas Republican tells Hispanic kids to ‘do something useful’ so they ‘don’t have to live off others’

Published

on

A Republican Texas city councilman gave some excruciatingly tone-deaf advice to a group of Hispanic students who were visiting the council chambers on Thursday.

The Austin Statesman said on Friday that Council Member Don Zimmerman told the group of minority students to pull themselves up by their bootstraps so they don’t end up being burdens on the state.

“I’d ask for everyone here, including the children, when you grow up, I want to ask you to pledge to finish school, learn a trade, a skilled trade, get a college education, start a business, do something useful and produce something in your society so you don’t have to live off others,” Zimmerman said, causing the room to erupt in boos.

His remarks came just after Council Member Sheri Gallo encouraged the kids — many of whom were there with their parents and families — to get involved with their communities and make sure to register to vote when they turn 18.

The group was there to lobby the council to approve funding for after-school programs in Austin’s public schools.

Council Member Delia Garza took the microphone to assert that Zimmerman’s words were racially insensitive and an unacceptable way to speak about minorities.

ADVERTISEMENT

“We do not condone what he said,” Garza said to the audience. “We have your back, not just the ones that are brown or black on this council. There are other progressive members of this council that understand you and support you.”

The crowd in the chambers applauded wildly as Garza wiped her eyes.

Zimmerman released a statement by way of apology that accused minority voters of soaking up more city resources than they’re entitled to.

“On behalf of those non-subsidized taxpayers being forced out of our city by legions of special interests, I apologize for the greed and selfishness of those willing to expand city government force, through the ‘political process’ to maintain and increase their own subsidies at the unaffordable expense of others,” the Republican said.

ADVERTISEMENT

Jimmy Flanagan — Zimmerman’s Democratic challenger for the District 6 council seat — said that the remarks were “offensive and condescending.”

“These are not the values of District 6,” Flannigan said. “His offensive statements, ideological grandstanding, and constant bullying are an embarrassment to our community and it’s time for him to go.”

Watch video about this story, embedded below:

Report typos and corrections to [email protected].
READ COMMENTS - JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Continue Reading

Breaking Banner

WATCH: Alabama GOP official berates reporter about Sodom and Gomorrah after she questions his anti-LGBT rant

Published

on

Republican Mobile County Treasurer Phil Benson defiantly told a reporter from a local news station to read the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah when she came to ask him about his recent anti-LGBT rant that he posted on Facebook.

The controversy surrounding Benson started when he reacted angrily to a story about a bakery getting sued for refusing to serve an LGBT wedding.

"Freaking queers have gotten too much sympathy," Benson wrote on Facebook in response to the story.

Local news station NBC 15 sent out reporter Andrea Ramey to question him about his remarks, and he tried to insist that she read Chapter 19 of Genesis, which details the destruction of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah over their tolerance of homosexuality.

Continue Reading

Facebook

WATCH: Princeton professor jerks a knot in MSNBC anchor for defending ‘innocence’ of racist Harvard reject

Published

on

Princeton professor Eddie Glaude gave MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle a lesson in social justice on Tuesday after she spoke out in defense of a student who was rejected by Harvard over racist remarks.

During a panel discussion on MSNBC, Glaude argued that Kyle Kashuv should face consequences for his actions, which include using the N-word and calling to "kill all the f*cking Jews."

Continue Reading
 

Facebook

A Maryland school told them to be quiet — but see what these students did

Published

on

Following the Parkland school massacre, students from Montgomery Country, Maryland were angry, grieving and scared. So what did they do? They quickly formed MoCo Students For Change and mobilized an estimated 6,000 students from over 40 schools in the area to attend a student rally on Capitol Hill that they organized to fight against gun violence.

In Brave New Films’ latest #YouthInAction series, we get a glimpse of what it’s like to organize this event through the perspective of the MoCo students themselves. Watch as they fight for their survival.

Continue Reading
 
 

Copyright © 2019 Raw Story Media, Inc. PO Box 21050, Washington, D.C. 20009 | Masthead | Privacy Policy | For corrections or concerns, please email [email protected]

I need your help.

Investigating Trump's henchmen is a full time job, and I'm trying to bring in new team members to do more exclusive reports. We have more stories coming you'll love. Join me and help restore the power of hard-hitting progressive journalism.

TAKE A LOOK
close-link

Investigating Trump is a full-time job, and I want to add new team members to do more exclusive reports. We have stories coming you'll love. Join me and go ad-free, while restoring the power of hard-hitting progressive journalism.

TAKE A LOOK
close-link