Kansas lawmakers will not stop embarrassing the people they represent. The latest tirade comes courtesy of a dull-witted state Rep. Joe Seiwert, a Pretty Prairie Republican just west of Wichita.
And before going any further, can the people of District 101 please elect Democrat Clifton Beck on Nov. 8 and send an adult to represent them in Topeka? Thanks.
The Topeka Capital-Journal has a well-reported story on the Seiwert incident by Tim Carpenter. It includes this passage, which sums up the ignorance of Seiwert in a few sentences.
“Seiwert … commented under a photograph of performer Denasia Lawrence and a headline that said, ‘I’m so sick of these anti-American blacks — f— Black Lives Matter.’ The actual post didn’t delete letters from the offending word. ‘Go back to where you claim home,’ Seiwert said on the Facebook thread. ‘So, if they don’t like it here, I believe that their freedom completely allows them to go wherever they believe is more fair and non-racist.”’
Lawrence had had the gall to take a knee while singing the national anthem prior to an NBA basketball game recently.
Last week, House Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast — an Emporia Republican — seemed to praise Adolf Hitler in another social media post.
Seiwert of course is free to spew his racially tinged nonsense. He will score points with some people who don’t like the Black Lives Matter movement and with others who want people to stand at attention during the national anthem. I get all that.
But people like Seiwert — who take public funds to represent the people of Kansas — also keep showing they need a course in civics.
Lawrence has the perfect right to protest what she sees as insensitive treatment of minorities in America.
Seiwert has the right to get upset about it.
But when he tells a black person to “go home,” that’s just offensive and uneducated. Black people don’t have to leave America because they don’t salute the flag or, frankly, even respect it.
Next time, Joe, keep your mouth shut. Better yet, keep your fingers off the keyboard connecting you to social media.