Yes, you read that correctly.

Republican Congressional hopeful, Jack Davis, has a plan to deal with immigration AND the Black unemployment rate…all at once. In a meeting, the Western New York candidate suggested that New York should ship unemployed urban Black teens upstate to work the farm fields, while simultaneously deporting the illegal immigrants who already work there.

“We have a huge unemployment problem with black youth in our cities. Put them on buses, take them out there [to the farms] and pay them a decent wage; they will work.”

Wait, what?

While Davis gets a few props for attempting to address the extremely high rate of unemployment for Black folks, his solution smacks of chattel slavery.

Thankfully, Davis’ fellow Republicans were even repulsed by his comments.

“I was thunderstruck,” said Amherst GOP Chairman Marshall Wood. “Maybe in 1860 that might have been seen by some as an appropriate comment, but not now.”

The GOP leadership in Western New York is endorsing Davis’ rival, Jane L. Corwin, and she has received an outpouring of support.

I don’t typically agree with Republicans about many things, but Mr. Wood is absolutely correct, there is no place for Davis’ brand of thinking in 2011.



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  • I have to agree with Ash. His comments wouldn’t have been offensive had he included ALL races of teens who couldn’t get a job. I’m ure it’s not just black folks who can’t get a job. And why are we just worried about Black TEENS who can’t get jobs anyway? What about encouraging them to go to school instead of working a damn field? The comments just smacks of that old jim crow thinking…NOT COOL.

  • Clnmike

    Clumsy presentation totally screwed it up singling out black kids. So many different ways he could have sold that would have lit light bulbs. Sell it as a green project, make it an academic experience as well as work. And damn sure don’t suggest involuntary work and shipping anything.