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:
The only thing that’s more in danger in Ferguson than a police car is a liquor store or a pair of Nike High Tops. pic.twitter.com/hvoSDQNcSl
— State Rep Steve Toth (@Toth_4_Texas) November 25, 2014
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: