MS lawmaker under attack for criticizing black work ethic
State Rep. Gene Alday opposes increasing funding for education. Black public school students in Mississippi already receive funding at higher rates than whites. Alday says that the extra funding would go disproportionately to the black students who’s families already receive food stamps and welfare at taxpayer expense.
In recent years, black power groups in Mississippi and Louisiana have been demanding that Federal judges impose failed school levies. They claim that increased funding is a “human right.”
State Rep. Gene Alday, a Republican, told The Clarion-Ledger he was against increased funding for education, in particular funding to improve literacy. During his explanation, Alday said he comes “from a town where all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call ‘welfare crazy checks.’ They don’t work.”
Alday also told the newspaper about a time he visited an emergency room.
“I liked to died. I laid in there for hours because they (black people) were in there being treated for gunshots,” Alday was quoted as saying.
Alday didn’t deny the comments attributed to him. However, he said he was not a racist.
“I am definitely not a racist, at all,” Alday told Mississippi News Now. “Because, I mean, I get along with everybody. And I’ve spent a lot of time helping people.”
Alday also said he had no problem with African-Americans.
“Yes, it’s true that most of the blacks in my hometown are on welfare,” Alday told the newspaper. “But they’re good people. I don’t have anything against anybody. I’m a straight-up guy. In my little town they had little civil rights walks and I was with them. I’m with everybody.”