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Conservative State Rep. Blasts Racist Email To Colleagues

By Judd Legum

"Conservative State Rep. Blasts Racist Email To Colleagues"

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Colorado State Rep. Jim Welker (R) blasted an email to his colleagues containing “an essay written by someone else that accused ‘welfare-pampered blacks’ of waiting for the government to save them from Hurricane Katrina.” A excerpt from that essay, written by the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson:

President Bush is not to blame for the rampant immorality of blacks. Had New Orleans’ black community taken action, most would have been out of harm’s way. But most were too lazy, immoral and trifling to do anything productive for themselves.

Welker forwarded the essay “without comment.” Here is his defense:

Some of my best friends are of different skin color, like Ed Jones,” said Welker, referring to Sen. Jones, a Colorado Springs Republican who is black.

According to Jones, “he and Welker are friends, but not best friends.”

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