A Republican state lawmaker in Arizona on Tuesday used the deeply offensive racist slur “colored people” to describe Black voters in the state before calling for a Black lawmaker to be ordered to “be sat down” and “not be allowed to speak.”
State Rep. Travis Grantham used the slur — which was prevalent in the racist, segregationist pre-Civil Rights South and has been considered inappropriate for decades — as he condemned a speech from state Rep. Reginald Bolding, a Black lawmaker who said a voter suppression bill that was being debated targets Black voters, among others.
“I feel personally that motives were arraigned of members, including myself, with regards to colored people, Black people, whatever people this individual wants to single out in their ability to vote, and I think it’s incorrect,” Grantham said, referring to Bolding.
“I think he should be sat down and he shouldn’t be allowed to speak,” Grantham added.
Arizona takes up voting rights. AZ Rep. Reginald Bolding (D) says new law makes it more difficult for people of color to vote.
Rep. Travis Grantham (R) responds, complaining that Bolding’s “motives were arraigned … with regards to colored people, Black people, whatever …” pic.twitter.com/DMrtdMOfBt
— The Recount (@therecount) April 21, 2021
“Bolding had been calling out S.B. 1485, a bill that would purge voters from the Permanent Early Voting List if they do not vote in two consecutive election cycles,” according to the American Independent. “Those who signed up for the list opted to receive absentee ballots for all elections — and a whopping 3.2 million voters in the state are on the list, according to CNN. If the bill is signed into law, about 200,000 voters could be removed from the list, according to the Arizona State Press.”
#Arizona's @TravisGrantham believes his colleague Rep. Reginald Bolding should be "sat down" for talking about "coloured people." Surely the folks of AZ District 12 can do better? https://t.co/8p9pU0lM9p
— Michael Deibert (@michaelcdeibert) April 21, 2021
This shitbird is an elected official in Arizona and just referred to POC as “colored”. When can Tucson secede? https://t.co/WPjcGleCiv
— Elizabeth Jacobs, PhD 🏴☠️ (@TheAngryEpi) April 21, 2021