NC Senator Apologizes For Speech

A Republican state senator has apologized for comments he reportedly made to a GOP gathering about gays and blacks.

The Gaston Gazette reported that Sen. Jim Forrester said on Thursday that he didn't mean to offend anyone when he told an audience on Tuesday that "slick city lawyers and homosexual lobbies and African-American lobbies are running Raleigh," a reference to state government.

Forrester said he didn't intend to offend African-Americans or gays and hopes those who were hurt by the remarks will accept his apology.

Democratic Party Chairman David Young called Forrester's comments "hate-filled speech" that "are the lowest and worst type of politics." Young had called on state GOP leaders to demand an apology.


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  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Feb 27, 2010 at 06:32 AM
    Lavon, I have a question for you after reading your comment about the KKK.Would you not agree that BLACK men kill more BLACK men than the KKK ever did?I have never once seen you speak out against Black on Black violence on here.All you ever say is how great Obama is, how much you dislike George W. and Dick Cheney, or how many have died in the Iraq war.I would be willing to bet you that more BLACK gang members across the country have killed more other BLACK gang members than the number of military personnel that have died during the same period, Black or White.Any comment?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 at 05:40 PM
    You mean racial prejudice from blacks never happens? Blacks are always so nice to white people right, they treat them the same as everyone else right? Dont judge the whole white race on a few that you have had to deal with over the years. Can you actually tell me you have never met a good white person?
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 at 03:33 PM
    Have you ever thought that some people are like that because they have been wronged by a different race? maybe every black person that they have sold a house to ends up destroying it or bringing drugs into the area? I am not saying that all blacks are like that but you have to know why they feel that way, dont just assume they are racist.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 26, 2010 at 02:29 PM
    So, if you are white and a Republican, you are a racist? That is what I take from some of these posts.
  • by Rosebud Location: Lagrange on Feb 26, 2010 at 02:10 PM
    Lavon...I'm sure all of us could tell a story about being done wrong by the "other" race. I have friends of all colors, I do not judge any of them because one of their color made a racial comment. All of us need to practice the golden rule.
  • by J. Location: here on Feb 26, 2010 at 01:51 PM
    Affirmative action is racist.
  • by John Location: Greenville on Feb 26, 2010 at 01:50 PM
    You know, I would prefer that politicians did NOT apologize for anything they say. Why? Because when they say just what they are really thinking, it gives us a real window into the quality of their character, or lack thereof. This guy is a bigot and a racist, and we should label him as such. Don't let him weasel out of his own comments. I can't wait until all these dinosaurs that think like him, pass away into the annals of history (where they belong).
  • by Black American Location: Washington, NC on Feb 26, 2010 at 01:36 PM
    Every and I mean Every advancement of the black race is this country has come forth as the result of this government being FORCED to pass laws against abusing, killing and demoralizing the black race. Check your history on that. Continued racism against black americans is probably the one true bipartisan issue in this country. This senator needs to resign, his remarks clearly state that he is unable to pass laws and or represent his consitituents without apply personal prejudices. (had to re-submitt, found typos, please excuse me)
  • by Black American Location: Washington, NC on Feb 26, 2010 at 01:18 PM
    Every and I mean Every advancement of the black race is this country has come forth as the result of this government being FORCED to pass laws against abusing, killing and demoralizing the black race country. Check your history on that. Racism against black americans is a probably the one true bipartisan issue in this country. This senator needs to resign, his remarks clearly state that he is unable to pass laws and or represent is consitituents without apply personal prejudices.
  • by Lavon Location: Goldsboro on Feb 26, 2010 at 12:59 PM
    Data Man. Your spot on with your post. We need affirmative action here in America because just like you I have been a victim of that also. I have an example. When I first bought my house there was a neighborhood that we tried to buy a house in and the Realtor kept coming up with excuses for why he couldn't sell us the house. Well a few months after I met one of the realtors employees inside the mall and he just so happened to remember me and he told me that the reason why his boss didn't sell us the house was because he didn't want blacks living in that neighborhood. This type of stuff happens on a daily basis in all sectors of society where there's racial prejudices from white folks. But you know their kind will never admit it because thats just the way they were taught..
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