Alabama immigration sponsor refers to blacks as ‘aborigines’

Never mind how Alabama legislator Bobby Beason, who sponsored that state’s new get-tough immigration law actually feels about minorities in his state, you would think he would have the common sense to be careful what he says, but no. Beason has been caught on tape referring to black people as “aborigines.”

He was helping the FBI with an undercover operation designed to expose legislators whose pro-gambling votes are alleged to have been paid for by the gambling industry–which means his “aborigines” comment is part of the official record of a trial.

Finally, a politician who lets you know exactly where he stands.

From BusinessWeek:

In one transcript, Beason and two other Republican legislators were talking about economic development in predominantly black Greene County and the customers at one of the county’s largest employers, the Greenetrack casino in Eutaw.

“That’s y’all’s Indians,” one Republican said.

“They’re aborigines, but they’re not Indians,” Beason replied.

Bobby Segall, attorney for indicted VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor, asked Beason if he was showing disdain.

“I don’t know what I meant at the time,” Beason replied.

From ThinkProgress.org:

Alabama state senator Scott Beason (R), who sponsored the state’s tough new immigration law, has been caught on tape referring to black customers of a casino as “aborigines.” Beason made the offensive comparison while wearing audio recording equipment for the FBI as part of an investigation into a group of people accused of buying and selling pro-gambling votes in the legislature.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

1 COMMENT

  1. What was so bad about him calling so called African-Americans aborigines? It wasn’t the so called blacks who complained it was so called whites in political offices because he told a hidden truth. The people mislabeled on purpose are indeed the aboriginals of the Americas, so he was not out of line for referring to them as aborigines. For those who believe American blacks are from Africa need to face the fact they were lied to in their history classes.

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