Thursday, June 24, 2010

Rep. Kanjorski's offensive statement

Democratic Congressman Paul Kanjorski (D-PA) recently spoke in favor of a program that would help for "average, good American people" who were facing foreclosures and the loss of their homes--a fine sentiment.

However, he defined those "average, good American people" as those who were "not minorities" and "not defective." His quote in full,
We're giving relief to people that I deal with in my office every day now unfortunately. But because of the longevity of this recession, these are people -- and they're not minorities and they're not defective and they're not all the things you'd like to insinuate that these programs are about -- these are average, good American people."
The implications, of course are that minorities and "defective(s)" are somehow distinct from "good American(s)" and that these groups are less deserving of assistance with their housing hardships. The implications may have been unintended, but even so, it's not clear what positive implications might have possibly been intended.

Rep. Kanjorski should apologize for his offensive statement. So far, he's refusing.