Thursday, July 20, 2006

Colo. rep.: Blacks. That's what's wrong with New Orleans.

The Raw Story | Colorado state rep blasted for linking 'black culture' to Katrina woes in email:
"Three months ago, Welker apologized on the House floor for forwarding a racially charged essay from a conservative black commentator who called Hurricane Katrina victims 'welfare pampered' and 'immoral,' writes April M. Washington for Rocky Mountain News.

That essay was written by Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, who is also quoted from in the most recent article Welker forwarded to his constituents.

'All Americans must tell blacks this truth,' wrote Peterson. 'It was blacks' moral poverty – not their material poverty – that cost them dearly in New Orleans. Farrakhan, Jackson, and other race hustlers are to be repudiated – they will only perpetuate this problem by stirring up hatred and applauding moral corruption.'

Welker told the Rocky Mountain News that he wasn't racist, but he refused to apologize for forwarding the article.

'I have black people who work for me,' Welker told Rocky Mountain News. 'Some of my good friends are different colors.'

In 2003, Welker was first warned by his party not to forward 'offensive material.' Back then, the article Welker forwarded blasted gays.

'The article Welker forwarded claimed that gay men regularly ingest the urine and feces of their partners, leading to massive outbreaks of various diseases,' reported Lynn Bartels for Rocky Mountain News (cache link). 'It questioned why gays and lesbians were allowed to work with children, the elderly and in the food industry.'"

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