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Infiniti2001
Mar 12th, 2006, 05:11 PM
Rep. Welker cites his 'poor judgment' in forwarding essay

By Lynn Bartels, Rocky Mountain News
March 10, 2006
A Loveland lawmaker has been blasted by his colleagues for e-mailing an essay written by someone else that accused "welfare-pampered blacks" of waiting for the government to save them from Hurricane Katrina.

Rep. Jim Welker, a Republican, said Thursday morning that he forwarded the article because of its message about society victimizing people by making them dependent on government programs.

He said he didn't agree with everything in the essay.

One passage says, "President Bush is not to blame for the rampant immorality of blacks."

House lawmakers - black and white, Republican and Democrat - expressed outrage that Welker would forward such an essay.

Rep. Debbie Stafford, R-Aurora, who worked with Katrina evacuees when they came to Colorado, said she was "appalled and sickened."

"These (were) poor people. Many of them were senior citizens and had no way to escape the hurricane," said Stafford, who is white.

Rep. Terrence Carroll, D-Denver, called it "one one of the most irresponsible e-mails someone in this chamber has sent out."

"It shows (Welker's) complete and utter disregard, at worst, and the misunderstanding, at best, of the lives of people of color," said Carroll, who is black.

After the uproar, Welker issued the following statement late in the afternoon:

"Forwarding this e-mail, particularly without comment, showed poor judgment on my part. I found the opinions expressed by this individual, especially if taken literally, to be offensive and inappropriate. I should not have assumed that this would be clear when received by others."

He earlier said he should have put a disclaimer on the e-mail, and will do so in future e-mails of other writers' material.

Welker said he forwarded the e-mail over the weekend on his own computer.

But Democratic lawmakers have asked the legislature's technical staff to determine why copies of the e-mails forwarded to them by people who were upset with the content bear a time stamp of Monday afternoon, when Welker was in a committee hearing with his laptop computer.

Welker, who is white, said he wasn't implying anything about blacks by forwarding the essay.

"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.

Jones said that he and Welker are friends, but not best friends.

Jones said it was wrong for the author to accuse New Orleans blacks of being immoral, but he agreed with Peterson that there is a problem in New Orleans with generational welfare.

Essay author Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, who is black, is praised on one Web site for taking on the NAACP, a "tool of the largely 'elite, socialist' Democratic Party."

Carroll said Peterson has "made his whole career shilling for the hard right."

Welker last year took heat from his own caucus for saying he feared that if gays were allowed to marry, then people might eventually marry their animals. Republicans said they were embarrassed by his comments.

On blacks, Katrina

Excerpts from an essay by the Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson posted Sept. 21, 2005, on WorldNetDaily.com:

"Say a hurricane is about to destroy the city you live in. What would you do?

If you're black . . . you'll probably wait for the government to save you."

"When 75 percent of New Orleans residents had left the city, it was primarily immoral, welfare-pampered blacks that stayed behind and waited for the government to bail them out."

"About five years ago, in a debate before the National Association of Black Journalists, I stated that if whites were to just leave the United States and let blacks run the country, they would turn America into a ghetto within 10 years. (But) I gave blacks too much credit. It took a mere three days for blacks to turn the Superdome and the convention center into ghettos, rampant with theft, rape and murder."

"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."

"Blacks are obligated to help themselves and not depend on the government to care for them. We are all obligated to tell them so."

The Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is a conservative black evangelical minister from Los Angeles and host of a nationally syndicated radio show.

bartels@RockyMountainNews.com or 303-892-5327

Infiniti2001
Mar 12th, 2006, 05:12 PM
Hope this Rev who calls himself a christian burns in the fires of hell :fiery: :devil: Meanwhile shouldn't we be talking about the rummys, cheneys etc who trade on their influence to get obscenely wealthy?? They are the real spoiled "welfare-pampered" queens who are too dependent on the government to do anything useful for society :rolleyes:

tennisbum79
Mar 12th, 2006, 05:19 PM
Essay author Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, who is black, is praised on one Web site for taking on the NAACP, a "tool of the largely 'elite, socialist' Democratic Party."


Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson is one of those black conservative Republicans use to do their diry work. He is a darling of FOX News Channel, and other right wing talk shows such as Scarborough Country.

I raised this same point in another thread, post # 21

http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=224675

Wigglytuff
Mar 12th, 2006, 05:19 PM
i am sure a good member of posters around here agree with the content of the email...

but why is the man trying to lie about when he sent it?

kiwifan
Mar 12th, 2006, 05:28 PM
I don't mind talking about both. :devil:

We as a people need to make more progress "in general".

Not quite sure I'd go as far as black Americans not being able to run a country themselves; BUT (and I know I'm going to catch a little hell for this) we would have to put a few bullets in a few heads before we could run a smooth operation (feel free to incorporate a Chris Rock routine about books and kryptonite right about here). :p

Sorry, I'm in too good a mood today and my black sense of humor has overtaken my black sense of outrage. :lol: :lol: :tape:

On a serious note: (I swear) all evidence shows that when blacks were stuck fending for themselves in the USA. We managed to create societies, under bitter racist threat at all times, that were soooo enviable that whites rose up and did the "Rosewood number" on them.

Ghettos per se, were shitty before "da bruthas" even got there - in NYC they were Dutch, then Irish, then Jewish, etc. and eventually black and puerto rican.

Difference is for some reason blacks (and to some extent society) make other blacks feel like they're supposed to stay in those ghettos instead of doing like everyone before them did and getting the fuck outta there the second you have 3 nickels under the bed. :bolt:

Black Mamba.
Mar 12th, 2006, 05:54 PM
I live in Colorado and this hasn't been on the news. I knew the I have Black friends so I can't be racist excuse would be used by this guy.

Pureracket
Mar 12th, 2006, 09:14 PM
This seems to be the current Republican mentality. Just throw
something out there and when it proves to be wrong or unpopular, turn around and say that what you really meant was blah, blah, blah.

Demonstrates the moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party.

RVD
Mar 12th, 2006, 10:15 PM
:lol: I'm like kiwifan...
...I'm in too good of a mood to let what we Blacks already know about such issues get me down. But I'm just wondering---

* Were Blacks the only ones in the Superdome and the Convention Center? I could of sworn I witnessed on TV a host of different ethnic.
* Aren't more Whites on welfare than Blacks?
Why is it that all racist White conservatives will always have a Black pet to vouch for them? :shrug: :tape: :lol:

There are many stories of Black [township] successes, where whites have come in and burned them down to the ground because they were [I]TOO prosperous and successful. My mother told me of one in particular in Texas, in which she was involved. :sad:

What's cool about all this is that Blacks don't have to prove anything, because we've already demonstrated our resourcefulness through crafts [music, art, language, dance, business, marketing, law, etc...], and post-slavery survival when absolutely NOTHING was given to us. :worship:

Well, must take daughter to Kung-Fu Belt Test now.
I'm in a GREAT mood today!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :cool:

Diesel
Mar 12th, 2006, 10:49 PM
This seems to be the current Republican mentality. Just throw
something out there and when it proves to be wrong or unpopular, turn around and say that what you really meant was blah, blah, blah.

Demonstrates the moral bankruptcy of the Republican Party.


:worship: They flat out suck.

Mother_Marjorie
Mar 12th, 2006, 11:43 PM
I was in New Orleans during Mardi Gras and stayed with a friend who lives in the Garden District that was fortunate not to have lost her home. I saw first-hand the Lakeview area, parts of the 9th ward, New Orleans East, Mid-City, and St. Bernard parish. Its ten times worse than anything you can imagine seeing on television. They are STILL finding dead bodies in some of those areas. I was so overwhelmed by the magnitude that it took me two days before I could even talk about it.

Those people went through a living hell and continue to suffer the lingering effects of Katrina. There is such an elevated stress level that continues to effect those who were able to return to the city. Trying to get some type of normalcy is difficult because of the constant reminder those people see on a daily basis of death and destruction.

Every citizen of the United States should expect that their federal government is responsible for rescuing them in such a catastrophic situation, irregardless of socio-economic status. Its what we all pay taxes for and that is why there are governmental agencies known as FEMA.

However, what it taught me is that our Republican-led government is so incompetent, that we shouldn't depend on them, and have our own personal plans in these types of situation. Unfortunately, its the poor, disabled and elderly that suffer the most loss of life in these types of catastrophic circumstances. The Republican "fend for yourself" mentality shows their true value of human life.

Rocketta
Mar 13th, 2006, 07:22 AM
I'm just wondering if this idiot fwd that email to the entire governing body mailing list. :retard: :lol:

DunkMachine
Mar 13th, 2006, 08:38 AM
Who is this Jesse Peterson? That right-wing house-****** needs to get his ass whooped. It's bad enough that he letting himself be used as a puppet to speak on behalf of the conservatives but he is undermining(?) the hardships of the New Orleans black populace.

Yes he deserves to die and I hope he burns in hell. [/Sam L Jackson]

RVD
Mar 13th, 2006, 09:10 AM
Who is this Jesse Peterson? That right-wing house-****** needs to get his ass whooped. It's bad enough that he letting himself be used as a puppet to speak on behalf of the conservatives but he is undermining(?) the hardships of the New Orleans black populace.

Yes he deserves to die and I hope he burns in hell. [/Sam L Jackson]There is a always at least 1-3 Black 'pets' in every conservative administration. It's so embarrassing, really. :o :o :tape: :lol:

marmite1
Mar 13th, 2006, 10:42 AM
It's disgraceful.

tennisbum79
Mar 13th, 2006, 12:46 PM
Who is this Jesse Peterson? That right-wing house-****** needs to get his ass whooped. It's bad enough that he letting himself be used as a puppet to speak on behalf of the conservatives but he is undermining(?) the hardships of the New Orleans black populace. [/Sam L Jackson]

Rev Peterson has appeared on FOX News various shows several times. He says things that some White right wingers want but do not want to be called on them. So they invite an irrational guy like Rev Peterson, in need of publicity to say it for them.

He once said that "slavery was the best thing that ever happened to blacks".



After each of his many appearances he is called "courageous",
"great American".The white hosts even acknowledged they could not say the kind of things Rev Peterson says without any condemnation. Yet they give him a forum to dot it for them.