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February 3, 2004

Senator apologizes for racial slur

The Associated Press

OLYMPIA - State Sen. Alex Deccio, R-Yakima, apologized on the Senate floor Monday for using a racial slur in an argument with another legislator last week.

``I realize this has been very hurtful to members of the African-American community and for that I am truly sorry,'' said Deccio, 81. ``I feel if the Rev. Martin Luther King were here today, he would accept my apology, so I'm asking you to do the same.''

Some black leaders said they would accept Deccio's apology only if he resigned his Senate seat.

``This individual is not deserving of being a representative of the people,'' said Carl Mack, president of the Seattle chapter of the NAACP. He traveled to Olympia on Monday to demand Deccio's resignation.

Deccio used the slur on Thursday, during a heated argument with Rep. Tom Campbell, R-Roy, about health insurance reforms in a meeting with several legislators, staff members and insurance industry representatives.

He called Campbell a ``nigger in the woodpile.'' Both men are white.

The phrase is used to convey a similar meaning to the term ``snake in the grass.'' The Oxford English Dictionary defines the expression as ``a concealed motive or unknown factor affecting a situation in an adverse way.''

Deccio said he instantly realized his mistake and apologized in the meeting. On Friday, he apologized in person to Sen. Rosa Franklin, D-Tacoma, the only black state senator.

On Monday, Franklin tearfully accepted his apology on the Senate floor.

The slur Deccio used ``sears like a branding iron,'' she said. Talking about how her ancestors had come to America as slaves, her voice broke and she wiped away tears with trembling hands.

But, she said, she forgives Deccio. ``I accept Sen. Deccio's apology and will work for healing,'' Franklin said. ``We need to come together.''

Deccio crossed the Senate floor and hugged Franklin after her speech.

BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
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 BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
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HAHA... "A nigger in the woodpile". White folk sho' have changed. I seen this story reported on BET News and could not believe they used the one Black woman in the legislator as a prop by showing her hugging the white man that said this. The other white man must have pissed him off so bad that he had to compare him to the one thing he think is the lowest of all creatures and that is a Nigger, not just any Nigger, but a Nigger in the Woodpile. HAHA...

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Most of the followup stories I've read on this are pretty much 100% unified behind the idea that the good Senator should be forgiven ... that he really didn't mean it ... that it was just a "mistake."

At least 3 Black community leaders have given their public support to him behind this, and others tout the fact that looking at his record, he couldn't possibly be labeled a racist!! Eek

To me, he's just an old throw-back fart who should have been retired years ago, because obviously time and the present society has passed him by. Any legislator as old as he is who has held office as long as he has and can't manage his speech in a public forum any better than that doesn't deserve the job he has. It may have been a "mistake" but it's one that should have definite and severe repercussions. I make a "mistake" like that on my job, and I'm fired for sure!! So why not the same for him? Roll Eyes

BLACK by NATURE, PROUD by CHOICE.
Free your mind, and the rest will follow.
It is in the construction of society. Why are we surprised it demonstrates itself in the people of the society?

It takes this kind of incident to put energy into our population. The president of the local chapter of the NAACP "went to Olympia" Apparently, he made the trip alone? Let's hope not.

AND, I wouldn't bet on MLK forgiving him.

We had better "get a grip on who we are."

That is when respect begins. Everything else is SYMPATHY.

PEACE

Jim Chester

You are who you say you are. Your children are who you say you are.
I am so tired of white folks making racial slurs and then say Im sorry. Well I say F*ck them and their apologies too.

They will never stop living with that good ole boy mentality. They say blacks need to let the pass go. Well I'll let it go when they let it go. But until then I will always consider them to be them sheet wearing SOB. There are to many undercover ones out here. upset
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Originally posted by lotusFlower:
I am so tired of white folks making racial slurs and then say Im sorry. Well I say F*ck them and their apologies too.

They will never stop living with that good ole boy mentality. They say blacks need to let the pass go. Well I'll let it go when they let it go. But until then I will always consider them to be them sheet wearing SOB. upset
I agree, however if enough of us complain we can get him outta office.He can be pressured to resign just like Trent Lott.

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Originally posted by Nmaginate:
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AND, I wouldn't bet on MLK forgiving him.
C'mon, Mr. Chester...

You have to admit it was a nice touch! Roll Eyes


That apology was as clumsy as turning pages with an elephant's foot.

"Lame" doesn't begin to address such stupidity.


By the way, I just this week learned of the position of the Northwest on African America. Oregon banned the immigration of African American-Americans in 1849. Forbidden!! How long had Oregon been a State?!!!

Ironically, Oregon was the State with a single vote ended Reconstruction in 1877.

The longer you dig the deeper it gets. And in places you never suspected.


PEACE

Jim Chester

You are who you say you are. Your children are who you say you are.

[This message was edited by James Wesley Chester on February 08, 2004 at 07:39 AM.]
quote:
Originally posted by lotusFlower:
I am so tired of white folks making racial slurs and then say Im sorry. Well I say F*ck them and their apologies too.

They will never stop living with that good ole boy mentality. They say blacks need to let the pass go. Well I'll let it go when they let it go. But until then I will always consider them to be them sheet wearing SOB. There are to many undercover ones out here. upset


lotusFlower!! lotusFlower!!

Clearly, you simply don't understand!! If you aren't there, it doesn't count.

C'mon now.


Jim Chester

You are who you say you are. Your children are who you say you are.
I think it's funny. Don't stop with 2; all of 'em should check dem woodpiles.

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LotusFlower,

I feel you......I am tired of racist azz whites (who claim to be so gotdamn brilliant) pretending to not know the content of their speech...and the bent-back jim crow loving negroes who leap to accomodate that sh-t everytime a white does it.......as so far as apologies, they can take them and shove them up their own azzes....because they were cognizant of what they were saying in the first place......
Many of their behaviors remind me of my 8 yr. old. She does something that she knows is wrong. If we don't check her, she goes on with life, pushing the envelope again about a week later. But if she gets checked, she sheepishly says, "Sorry", and expects all to be forgiven. Usually, the "Sorry" is followed by a request for something she wants. And is positively shocked when she is reminded of the conduct that required her to say sorry, and told "No". Her thinking is, "I said I was sorry." Mad
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Originally posted by Kweli4Real:
Many of their behaviors remind me of my 8 yr. old. She does something that she knows is wrong. If we don't check her, she goes on with life, pushing the envelope again about a week later. But if she gets checked, she sheepishly says, "Sorry", and expects all to be forgiven. Usually, the "Sorry" is followed by a request for something she wants. And is positively shocked when she is reminded of the conduct that required her to say sorry, and told "No". Her thinking is, "I said I was sorry." Mad
I'm going to get myself in trouble for saying this but...

Considering the relative age of the "races" then what do you expect from the most junior of the human family. A child can only be a child!!

And it's terror when they 'know' they can get away with it. Look in your local supermarket for examples...

(My apologies for that off-the-cuff remark...) Big Grin

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