Georgia Still Full of Racist ‘Christians’

“I have black friends, I hired black people. But when it comes to all this stuff you see on TV, when you see blacks and whites together, it makes my blood boil because that’s just not the way a Christian is supposed to live.”

— Councilman Jim Cleveland defending “the mayor of Hoschton, a nearly all-white community 50 miles northeast of Atlanta, [who] allegedly withheld a job candidate from consideration for city administrator because he was black,” the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Mayor Theresa Kenerly told a member of the City Council she pulled the resume of Keith Henry from a packet of four finalists “because he is black, and the city isn’t ready for this.”

Mississippi Lawmaker Suggests Lynching for Those Who Remove Confederate Monuments

“They should be LYNCHED!”

— Mississippi state Rep. Karl Oliver (R), describing the “destruction” of Confederate monuments in Louisiana as “heinous and horrific” and compared leaders in that state to Nazis, the HuffPost reports. Oliver’s Facebook message drew “likes” from two of Oliver’s fellow Republican lawmakers, state Rep. John Read and state Rep. Doug McLeod.

S.C. Lawmaker Calls on Police to Find ‘Jackass’ Murderer

The first thing we do, we’ve got to find this jackass and bring him to justice. It’s evil. He is evil.

— South Carolina state Sen. Larry Grooms (R), calling on police to catch the man who shot and killed his friend and colleague, state Sen. Clementa Pinckney (D), along with eight others during a Bible study last night in Charleston, TPM reports. “He was my colleague but he was also my brother in Christ, and the news of his death and the deaths of the others, made me physically ill.”

Former Klan Leader Might to Unseat Mere Racist

Steve Scalise, let me tell you something, this is the way I view it now: I mean this guy is a sellout. I mean he’s a sellout. He’s not David. He used to say that he was David Duke of course without the baggage, whatever that means… I might have to run against Steve Scalise because you know, I really might. I mean, I’m definitely going to consider it because its so disgusting to me to see…he got elected on false pretenses.

— Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, saying he might run for office against Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA), BuzzFeed reports. Scalise faced questions earlier this month about a 2003 appearance he made before a white supremacist group founded by Duke and called the appearance “a mistake I regret.”

To Which the Audience Responded, ‘Duh!’

Ninety-nine percent of all of the white people in here are going to raise their hand that they are against abortion. On the other hand, 99 percent of the whites who are sitting in here now, if their daughter got pregnant by a black man, they are going to make their daughter have an abortion.

— Alabama State Rep. Alvin Holmes (D), who is black and has represented the 78th District since 1974, quoted by the Birmingham News.

In the South, the Immigration Reform Debate Comes Down to Racism

Part of it, I think — and I hate to say this, because these are my people — but I hate to say it, but it’s racial. If you go to town halls people say things like, ‘These people have different cultural customs than we do.’ And that’s code for race.

— A Southern Republican congressman, speaking to BuzzFeed, on immigration reform.