Republican State Senator Regrets Calling African-Americans “Aborigines”

Posted by | September 28, 2011 14:55 | Filed under: Top Stories

By Nancy Hennen

Alabama State Senator Scot Beason used the term during an undercover FBI investigation of bribes to elected officials.

Beason and two other Republican legislators were talking about economic development in predominantly black Greene County and the customers at one of the county’s largest employers, the Greenetrack casino in Eutaw.

“That’s y’all’s Indians,” one Republican said.

“They’re aborigines, but they’re not Indians,” Beason replied.

Now, Beason is apologizing, saying his words were “careless, inappropriate and unnecessary.”

“My purpose here today is to say that I’m very sorry and I apologize to anyone whose feelings were hurt by my comment,” he said. “It’s the right thing to do. I look at it as if I said something that would hurt one of my friend’s feelings.”

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