This GOP State Representative Said What About Ferguson?

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Texas State Representative Steve Toth, who chose to leave his seat in the House for a failed bit for the Senate earlier this year, made a hideous comment about the unrest in Ferguson:

Perhaps freed by voters’ decision to kick him to The Woodlands’ curb, Toth is voicing what many Republican white men may be thinking, and saying, internally. The blatant racism of the statement is anchored in the proud ignorance of why the protests happen in the first place. The Ferguson killing fits the pattern of police violence against communities of color that we’ve been having an arguably feckless national dialogue about for decades.

Toth himself has a clear disregard for the rule of American law, making his name by introducing legislation to…nullify federal gun laws in Texas.

Toth is only a gear in the machine of racist outrage to Ferguson response rallies. Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck complained about “people who have nothing to do with Ferguson” rallying against the decision. Watch The Young Turks break that one down here:

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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