Can it get worse than this? During the debate in the Indiana House over the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, state Rep. Vanessa Summers, (D-Indianapolis) rose to set a new record in outrageous race-baiting.
“I told [Republican colleague] Jud McMillin I love his son, but he’s scared of me because of my color.”
Responding to a rumble of protest from her assembled colleagues, Summers insisted, “It’s true.” When challenged on the assertion later. she defended her accusation, saying:
“He (the eighteen-month-old child) looked at me like I was a monster and turned around and cried. And I told him (McMillin) you need to introduce your child to some people that are dark-skinned so he will not be scared.”
There are so many take-aways from this episode that it’s difficult to know where to begin, or where to stop.
I have no doubt that Summers is sincere, which means she is so handicapped by a distrust of whites nurtured by her personal experiences with racism that she can no longer rationally or logically interpret reality. One can only conclude that a woman who interprets a baby crying when introduced to a stranger as proof of racism is likely to interpret anything as racism. How terrifying to go through life like that.
Is Indiana really so oppressive to African-Americans that they all live in constant suspicion of racial hatred, seeing “micro-aggression” in every interaction with whites, even children and infants? Not only are individuals so scarred inherently untrustworthy themselves, they are also unfit for elected office. This is pathological race-sensitivity.
There are also few better examples of the tragic distortion of reason caused by confirmation bias. Summers already believes that white society is conditioned to fear blacks, so she sees confirmation of this belief in everything, even a baby crying. If a black colleague’s child burst into tears upon meeting her, Summers would attribute it to the strange environment or an unfamiliar adult. This is no different, at its core, from assuming that when a white cop shoots an unarmed white suspect, it is excessive force, but when a white cop shoots Michael Brown, it is obviously racism. Both are rooted in confirmation bias.
Even if Summers’ race-based derangement caused her to be convinced that an infant thinks blacks are “monsters,” using a fellow legislator’s child as a tool of advocacy in a debate was unfair, unprofessional, and repulsive. Summers has represented the 99th District since 1991; has she learned nothing about what is proper deportment and civility in the legislature? Apparently not.
Or is she simply incredibly ignorant about the nature of babies, as in not knowing that they, you know, cry? Legislators write laws; they have to have a minimal understanding of basic facts of life: birds fly, people breathe air, babies cry. Lacking that, they cannot be expected to govern competently. The defense of “I wasn’t race-baiting, I’m an idiot!” is not available to a lawmaker.
This is just the most recent of the endless depressing examples of incompetence in state and local law-making bodies. Last week, for example, Republican Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen opined on the floor of the Arizona Senate that the solution to America’s “moral crisis” was for the government to make church attendance mandatory. So–has she never read the Bill of Rights (lack of diligence and irresponsible), does she not believe it should be respected and that citizens do not have a right to live their life as they please ( totalitarian mindset and defiance of the Golden Rule), or does she not comprehend what liberty, rights, and religious freedom mean (too dumb to live)? Whichever of these disturbing explanations are true, she does not belong in a legislature, and by the evidence of the news reports (and remember that the media tends to let the statements of idiotic Democrats slide),there are thousands of such entitled fools polluting state laws.
Only one of them, however (I hope!), thinks that a baby’s cries are evidence of racism.