Republican Lawmaker Says Slavery Wasn’t Racist

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A New Hampshire state legislator is beneath fireplace for insisting that “proudly owning slaves doesn’t make you racist.” In a personal interplay with a former New Hampshire resident and through an interview with The Root, the Republican lawmaker doubled and tripled down on his assertion by altering the definition of the phrase “racist,” rewriting historical past and explaining that chattel slavery wasn’t essentially racist as a result of slaveowners actually favored cash.

Werner Horn serves in New Hampshire’s Home of Representatives for a district that features the 99.5 percent white city of Hill, N.H., and his 95.9 p.c white hometown of Franklin, N.H. His voting document reveals that he has voted towards repealing the death penalty, permitting undocumented immigrants the chance to obtain drivers licenses, elevating the minimum wage, rising entry to absentee voting, repealing voter ID laws and prohibiting discrimination primarily based on gender identification. Horn is rated 79 p.c by the American Conservative Union and is endorsed by the NRA. However simply because he’s a member of the Republican Occasion who doesn’t stay round black individuals doesn’t essentially imply one ought to assume Horn is a racist.

No, there are many different causes.

Final week, Horn shared his public views on American historical past, slavery and racism in a now-deleted Fb put up. USA Today writes:

Horn initially drew consideration for his feedback in a Fb put up by former state Home member Dan Hynes, who posed the query: “If Trump is essentially the most racist president in American historical past, what does that say about the entire different presidents who owned slaves?”

Horn responded, “Wait, proudly owning slaves doesn’t make you racist…”

“I suppose not,” Hynes answered Tuesday. “Which is stunning since all the things else makes somebody a racist.”

Horn then added, “It shouldn’t be stunning since proudly owning slaves wasn’t a call predicated on race however on economics. It’s a enterprise determination.”

After media shops questioned Horn’s alternative of phrases, Eboni Sears, who's a black girl and a previous resident of the comparatively extra various city, Dover, N.H., (89 percent white, 1.3 percent black), determined to contact the state consultant to problem his views after seeing the story within the Boston Globe.

“They don’t actually get to work together with a complete lot of black individuals regularly, so I used to be actually simply making an attempt to indicate him a special viewpoint,” Sears advised The Root. “I didn’t understand that he didn’t care. In order that’s the way it began.”

Sears contacted Horn on Fb, pondering that he wouldn’t reply. Nonetheless, Horn engaged Sears in an hourlong change obtained by The Root that each Horn and Sears confirmed is correct. The dialog included accusations that Sears was truly the one who was being prejudiced, that Horn couldn’t be racist due to his army background and, after all, the notorious “racist bone” prognosis the place Horn absolved himself of racism. (It needs to be famous that Sears served within the Navy for 5 years, which, by Horn’s logic, makes her practically two occasions much less racist than he's.)

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