Georgia Legislative Black Caucus Responds to Rep. Spencer’s Resignation

The Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC) today issued the following statement in response to the resignation of State Representative Jason Spencer (R-Woodbine) from the Georgia House of Representatives effective July 31, 2018:

“The leadership of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus (GLBC), the Georgia House Democratic Caucus and the Georgia Senate Democratic Caucus this morning agreed that it would be best to cancel the joint press conference that was previously scheduled for today at 11 a.m. This cancellation is due to Rep. Spencer’s resignation from the Georgia House of Representatives, which he sent to House Speaker David Ralston (R-Blue Ridge) via email just before midnight last night.

“The leadership and members of the GLBC would like to thank the House Democratic Caucus and the Senate Democratic Caucus for a great collaborative effort in addressing a serious issue that impacted not only the citizens of House District 180, but also the citizens across this great state of Georgia. The GLBC would like to also thank the Governor’s Office and the Speaker’s Office for responding to Rep. Spencer’s offensive comments and behavior.”

State Senator Lester Jackson (D-Savannah), Chairman of the GLBC, added: “As the Chairman of the Georgia Legislative Black Caucus, I urge my General Assembly colleagues to welcome Rep. Spencer’s resignation and let serve as a warning that statements of hate and offensive behavior will not be tolerated in the future by elected officials, or they will face a similar outcome to their political future. Additionally, I would like to point out the poor judgment used by Showtime producers for airing Rep. Spencer’s racist comments and offensive behavior in Sacha Baron Cohen’s show ‘Who is America?’ on Sunday night.”

Rep. William Boddie (D-East Point), Communications Chair of the GLBC, added: “I’m glad that Rep. Spencer did the right thing and submitted his resignation to Speaker Ralston late last night. It’s time for the Georgia General Assembly to move on from this disturbing incident and get back to working diligently on behalf of all Georgians.”

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chamblee54
chamblee54

“Additionally, I would like to point out the poor judgment used by Showtime producers for airing Rep. Spencer’s racist comments and offensive behavior in Sacha Baron Cohen’s show ‘Who is America?’ on Sunday night.”
Everything that happened to Roseanne Barr should now happen to Sacha Baron Cohen. If the magic word is that offensive, it doesn’t matter whose mouth it is coming out of.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Except Sacha Baron Cohen didn’t say it….
Showtime could have bleeped it out.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Agreed! Borat just punked a true idiot!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yes, how dare a show designed to skewer American politics and culture skewer American politics and culture by letting a racist scream racial epithets.

Noway2016
Noway2016

If that was directed at me in a negative way, read it again. Showtime did nothing wrong. The pol was a genuine idiot and deserves to be gone.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It was directed at chamblee’s weird assertion that a TV show exposing the racism of an elected official is somehow comparable to the creator of a TV show acting like a racist clown online.

xdog
xdog

Roseanne got fired for being a chronic pain in the ass to her employers. Her tweet that got her booted wasn’t racist, just mean-spirited and not funny.

Spencer was an embarrassing buffoon on stage while drawing a salary from the people of the state. He should be pitied for the extent of his dimness.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Did you read her tweet?
If you didn’t recognize the racism, you need to become better informed.
None of her lame excuses or ignorance do anything to excuse it.

Benevolus
Benevolus

If comparing Valerie Jarrett to an ape isn’t racist, one of us has a misconception of the concept.

xdog
xdog

You guys are free to use whatever definition you want. I’ll stick to what the dictionaries say: “1. Prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against someone of a different race based on the belief that one’s own race is superior. 1.1 The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics, abilities, or qualities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races.” https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/racism And the Anti-Defamation League: “Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

You explanation influenced my opinion.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I also think that there are far other bigger issues than Roseanne, but here we have opportunity to dialogue and open minds on issues that go to broad social issues. And to not confront the problems you see is to enable. And to enable is to be complicit. So silence in the face of such an error is not an option. The reference to the Muslim Brotherhood was racist because it stated, to reference your definitions “that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics.” The tweet said that “If Muslim Brotherhood …… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

How is ‘joking’ that Valerie Jarrett is the offspring of an ape not indicating she is of an inferior race?

Noway2016
Noway2016
Noway2016

Sorry for wrong location.

Caroline
Caroline

I’m sorry but I got to laugh at a conservative saying that when the first thing conservatives whine about is people having too many children especially POC having too many children.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

And yet not a peep when Steve King – an actual elected official, not just a candidate – says interracial couples and minorities having kids is a detriment to Western civilization.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

No wonder the libs need illegal immigration and no borders. They are aborting millions of their supporters. They don’t don’t want anyone to breed to save the planet. They don’t even want any of us to drive a truck because of the carbon footprint…. I guess it is hard for gay folks to reproduce unless they adopt…not sure what transgenders do or want…too complicated I guess…Libs generally are not fans of family values and ridicule them… I guess to find a few more supporters clueless enough to vote for them they have to open up the borders to anyone. Is… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

OMFG, you finally figured it all out!
That post may be the stupidest and mean-spirited thing you’ve said.
And that actually means something.

bethebalance
bethebalance

OTOH, I finally figured out the entire Repub strategy: Grasp at the most extreme beliefs of some non-representative individuals— or just make up some extreme beliefs— then without any concern for logic or ethics, smear whoever you are running against with those false beliefs.
Who cares about Cristian values like telling the truth (some Commandment or other)?
You have a problem DTM. Get help.

Benevolus
Benevolus

This has been the strategy for a long time. Goes back to Newt Gingrich, Grover Norquist, and Hillarycare. Limbaugh and those who followed have striven to make every issue, real or invented, a life or death struggle, with the fate of your daughters hanging in the balance.

Now that they have created this monster they can’t even control it themselves.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I don’t think Saturday Night Live could do a satire of a Trumpist any better than this screed. My first thought was an appeal to the moderators to get this site back under some semblance of order. My next was to come back with the Billy Madison debate judge quote. My next after that was that this person is doing more harm to the Trumpists with his ignorant rants than George Will’s columns in the Washington Post. Thank you for the morning laugh.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Darn, looks like Trump just got a ton of concessions from the EU and NO TRADE WAR! Hmmm. I thought the left was saying this was the end of the world…again…for the 10th time this week! I wonder if CNN or MSNBC will even bother to comment. Isnt this good news? Seems wonderful for the US and EU. Can a good liberal tell me something horrible about this?

xdog
xdog

Looks like someone discovered that tariffs are a tax and there’s not enough money to buy off farmers, so the EU is perfectly fine.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s trade war de-escalation so we can talk without any significantly one-sided concessions:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/trump-juncker-tout-deal-pulling-back-from-us-eu-trade-war/ar-BBL3ylh?ocid=spartanntp

Here’s something horrible about it. The President and supporters so ill-informed that not increasing damage is good news. Other types of Trump good news….thousands of new coal-mining jobs….The return of the remains of 200 from Korea.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Even the Weekly Standard isn’t inpressed:
https://www.weeklystandard.com/haley-byrd/donald-trump-made-a-trade-deal-with-jean-claude-juncker-and-the-european-union-heres-what-it-actually-means

It’s all talk. And it’s disturbing that yet again we see Trump abusing the office by unilaterally imposing tariffs supposedly based on national security reasons but then offering to negotiate those tariffs based on trade. Illegal, and Congress does nothing.
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Fascism isn’t on the horizon, it’s knocking at the door.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Got a link, pal?

Indypendant
Indypendant

How am I supposed to sing along with many of my favorite songs if I can’t use the n-word?

As a tiebreaker….

Where was Jody Hice on Fourth of July 2018?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Are you dullards saying this reduction in tariffs, which are indeed taxes, is NOT GOOD?! So why don’t you thank Trump for getting this done? Why didn’t Obama do at least SOMETHING about this other than voting “PRESENT” as he so often did as president? Looks like Trump’s RESET button with the EU actually worked for eveyrone. AND we are teaming up together against the biggest abuser China. Uh, do any of wizards think China has been abusing the trade situation and stealing techknology and intellectual property rights for 40 years? Can you guys quit sniveling sniveling about Russia when… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

dtm, if you’ve got information that tariffs are being reduced, let’s see a link. Everything I am reading says that they have agreed to talk about maybe reducing the tariffs-THAT TRUMP CREATED. And by doing even that little bit he is admitting that he broke the law by imposing trade tariffs without Congress’ approval.

And, as has been pointed out to you before, Trump threw out many Russian ‘diplomats’ and seized some of their properties, not to mention signed the Magnitsky Act which is what has got Putin all bothered to begin with.
Pay attention!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Why didn’t Obama do at least SOMETHING about this other than voting “PRESENT” as he so often did as president? . Not sure if you’re aware, but Presidents don’t “vote” on things. . Uh, do any of wizards think China has been abusing the trade situation and stealing techknology and intellectual property rights for 40 years? . The blog has spellcheck now, homie. Want to provide us with an article demonstrating Trump was the first President to take on Chinese IP theft? . Can you guys quit sniveling sniveling about Russia when the liberals and deep state were the abusers… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Of course I meant to say that it was Obama who threw out those diplomats and signed the Magnitsky Act.
I’m not so used to typing “Obama’ much anymore.