Speaker Gunn Condemns Comments Made by Rep. Gene Alday
From Representative Lataisha Jackson, D-Como:
"I am appalled at Representative Gene Alday's comments. These reprehensible remarks are an attack on the character of African Americans everywhere. Education in Mississippi should be about all students, and we will continue to fight for all the children of Mississippi."
From Representative Jeramey Anderson, D-Moss Point:
"As a Mississippi elected official, I am forever concerned with the well-being of all the people in our great state. Moreover, I recognize holistically the many contributions of African Americans to both Mississippi's economic and cultural development. Particularly in the area of education, African American communities have given much - sometimes even their very lives - as they rallied for an equal and comprehensive state public education system.
"Thus, I disagree with Representative Alday's recent commentary. Nevertheless, I think it's important to keep centered on the heart of the matter - our precious students. We must agree, the future of Mississippi is certainly integrally linked to the successes of our future generations. In that vein, I remain committed to advancing sound policy-making; thinking both critical and analytically of how my present day decisions will impact the future of Mississippi's children. We should all be committed to ensuring that Mississippi's youth have an equal and fair opportunity at a quality education."
From Representative Chuck Espy:
The Republican leadership should take responsibility for the philosophical and ideological platform of its members, including messages that are reprehensible and divisive. We should lambaste Alday, and also check those whom allow him the opportunity to speak.
Certainly this type of canon is untenable, and not reflective of the character of one elected to represent ALL people. The abhorrent rhetoric is intended to galvanize an old base. However, even those in his district are more sophisticated than to be seduced by such obsolete vitriol.
From Representative Bobby Moak:
Jackson, Miss – In an article in today's Clarion-Ledger, the Republican leadership once again demonstrated their opposition to education funding and made some regretful racist comments in addressing health care in Mississippi.
“Derogatory comments stating that Mississippi teachers are ‘not prepared to teach children to read’ and that ‘Mississippi’s public education system has been an abysmal failure’ demonstrate Governor Bryant’s failure to fundamentally understand the task that educators have before them." stated Rep. Bobby Moak (D-Bogue Chitto), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus. Moak went on to say that "the racially divisive comments by Rep Gene Alday harken us back to Mississippi of the 1960’s. I hope pray there is a real vast divide between the way that Mississippians view one another today and the comments that appeared in this article. Other than that, to comment further is simply engaging in divisiveness that helps no one.