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South Carolina pol claims ‘Raghead’ slur was a joke

By DOUG THOMPSON
June 4, 2010

Nikki Haley: A raghead?

A South Carolina Republican state Senator called the President of the United States a ‘raghead’ and used the same slur against a candidate for that state’s governor but now claims the whole thing was just a joke.

Sen. Jake Knotts apologized for the slurs and said they were meant ‘in jest.”

Knotts, appearing on “Pub Politics,” an Internet-based political talk show, said “We’ve already got a raghead in the White House, we con’t need another raghead in the governor’s mansion.”

Besides Obama, Knotts was referring to Nikki Haley, a State Representative, running for governor. Haley is of Indian descent.

In a prepared statement, Knotts said “bear in mind that this is a freewheeling, anything-goes Internet radion show that is broadcast from a pub. It’s like a local political version of Saturday Night Live, which is actually where the joke came from.”

But Knott’s “joke” did not leave other laughting.

Tim Pearson, Haley’s campaign manager, said Knotts is “an embarassment to our state and to the Republican Party,” adding that the State Senator “represents all that is wrong with South Carolina politics.”

Phil Bailey, co-host of Pub Politics and director of the South Carolina Democratic Caucus, said he was “appalled by the comments” by Knotts.

Karen Floyd, chair of the state Republican Party, called on Knotts to apologize.

“The South Carolina Republican Party strongly condemns any use of racial or religious slurs,” she said.

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5 Responses to South Carolina pol claims ‘Raghead’ slur was a joke

  1. woody188

    June 4, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    Sounds like Haley was right about the “boys club” in SC.

  2. Bogofree

    June 4, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    At least he didn’t call anyone a “retard.”

  3. ra

    June 4, 2010 at 11:17 pm

    The comments may have been made in jest, but they were the comments of an intolerant, bigoted man, without the self control to know that these things are unacceptable to say, much less think .

  4. Hadassah

    June 5, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    State Sen Jake Knotts knew exactly what he was saying when he made the comment. I’m so sick and tired of people having these damn issues with a person color or religoin. It makes me sick. I just wish they would all go away and let the common folk really deal witht he issues of America how we are declining way before President Obama came into office and how yes how this country is changing more color and lets be real some caucasian people have some serious issues with it. America will not go back to the good ole boy network it will change. However the good ole boy network is sure fighting to keep it’s reign. I live in the South never South Carolina however the southern folks most are having a tough time with all this color and women!!

  5. Bill

    June 8, 2010 at 2:05 am

    I wish that the old treatment of “Tar & Feathering and Riding Him Out of Town on a Rail” was still in use. It would be perfect for this Horses Ass masquerading as a human being.