Affirmative Reaction

  • Aired:  02/03/11
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Governor John Kasich stirs the passions of Ohio's black community by appointing an all-white cabinet. (5:01)

>> WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

FOLKS, SOME OF YOU KNOW WE

ARE OFF NEXT WEEK BUT I

CANNOT GO ON VACATION

WITHOUT CELEBRATING BLACK

HISTORY MONTH.

LEGALLY.

(LAUGHTER)

>> IT'S PART OF A

SETTLEMENT.

ONCE AGAIN, I WOULD LIKE TO

APOLOGISE TO THE OFFENDED

CUB SCOUTS.

THAT WORD I USED WAS JUST

WHAT WE IN SOUTH CAROLINA

CALLED IS A MORES.

NOW I DON'T SEE RACE, FOLKS.

PEOPLE TELL ME I'M WHITE AND

I BELIEVE THEM BECAUSE I

HAVE NO DESIRE TO CELEBRATE

BLACK HISTORY MONTH.

AND AS A WHITE GUY I'M TIRED

MUCH BEING REMINDED OF ALL

THE BAD STUFF WE DID TO

BLACK PEOPLE FROM SLAVERY TO

JIM CROWE TO MAKING THEM THE

ONLY BLACK GUY ON STAR WARS

A TRAITOR.

SO MAY I POINT OUT, MAY I

POINT OUT, HE PUT A WHITE

GUY IN CARBON IDENTITY AND

THEN SOLD HIM.

I THINK WE'RE EVEN.

NEVERTHELESS, TONIGHT I

CELEBRATE A HERO OF BLACK

HISTORY, OHIO GOVERNOR JOHN

KASICH, WHO HAS STIRRED THE

PASSIONS OF THE OHIO BLACK

COMMUNITY.

>> OHIO GOVERNOR JOHN KASICH

HAS APPOINTED NEARLY TWO

DOZEN CABINET MEMBERS AND SO

FAR NOT ONE IS

AFRICAN-AMERICAN OR

HISPANIC.

>> WE PICK PEOPLE ON THE

BASIS OF WHO'S QUALIFIED.

WE DON'T PICK THEM ON THE

BASIS OF QUOTAS.

>> Stephen: YEAH, HE'S JUST

PUTTING TOGETHER THE BEST

POSSIBLE TEAM.

LIKE THE MIGHTY MORPHING POG

WE ARE RANGERS.

IF THEY WERE ALL THE WHITE

ONES.

NOW CASE IG DEFENDED HIS

DIVERSITY CREDENTIAL BY

POINTING OUT THAT HIS

LT. GOVERNOR WAS A WOMAN.

ADDING QOINGT, I'M MARRIED

TO A WOMAN WITH TWO

DAUGHTERS, OKAY.

OKAY?

HE CHOSE TO MARRY A WOMAN.

AND IF HE IS IMPLYING THAT

THAT WAS A TOUGH CALL THAT

MEANS HE'S GAY, GAY, GAY,

GAY, GAY.

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT?

YOU KNOW WHAT?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: HE STILL

BELIEVES IN DIVERSITY THAT

HE CLOSED HIS EYES, IMAGINED

TAX CUTS AND MANAGED TO HAVE

TWO DAUGHTERS.

BY THE WAY, HAVING DAUGHTERS,

ALSO A CHOICE.

BECAUSE THE MAN IS

RESPONSIBLE FOR THE GENDER

OF THE CHILD.

BEEN YOU-- BEFORE YOU GET

DOWN TO BUSINESS YOU TAKE

OUT A SHARPIE AND RIGHT GIRL

ON YOUR PENIS.

OR FEMALE IF YOU'VE GOT THE

ROOM FOR IT.

(LAUGHTER)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

BUT SOME BLACK LEADERS ARE

STILL GOING AFTER HIM.

>> HE'S ASKED IN HIS

INAUGURAL ADDRESS TO BE

JUDGED BY WHAT HE DOES.

AND SO FAR WHAT HE HAS DONE

IS UNACCEPTABLE.

>> I THINK THIS IS AN ERR OF

JUDGEMENT ON HIS PART WHICH

CAN BE DIRECTED IF HE IS NOT

A RACIST.

>> GOVERNOR KASICH HAS

DECLARED THAT OHIO IS OPEN

FOR BUSINESS BUT IF YOU ARE

AFRICAN-AMERICAN, YOU NEED

NOT APPLY.

IF YOU ARE HISPANIC, YOU

NEED NOT APPLY.

IF YOU ARE ASIAN-- ASIAN

INDIAN, YOU NEED NOT APPLY.

>> THAT IS NOT RACIAL.

THESE DAYS WHEN IT COMES TO

JOBS, IF YOU LIVE IN OHIO,

YOU NEED NOT APPLY.

FOLKS, NEVERTHELESS, JOHN

KASICH HEARD THE CRY OF THE

BLACK COMMUNITY AND TOOK

BOLD ACTION.

FIRST HE ISSUED A

PROCLAMATION HONORING MARTIN

LUTHER KING'S BIRTHDAY MARCH

17th.

NOW TECHNICALLY THAT IS NOT

MARTIN LUTHER KING'S

BIRTHDAY, IT'S ST. PATRICK'S

DAY.

(LAUGHTER)

YOU KNOW WHAT?

--

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: I SAY THAT'S A

PROMOTION.

THEN KASICH ANNOUNCED THE

APPOINTMENT OF AN

AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN LYNN

STEVENS TO BE HIS NEW

DIRECTOR OF MINORITY

AFFAIRS.

NOBODY SAW THAT ONE COMING.

(LAUGHTER)

>> BECAUSE THAT WAS ALREADY

HER JOB.

BUT REMEMBER, HE LET HER

KEEP HER JOB.

AND I'M SURPRISED.

AFTER ALL SHE'S INVOLVED IN

MINORITY OUTREACH AND HAVE

YOU SEEN KASICH'S CABINET.

THEY ARE WHITER THAN MY

RIDING STAFF.

AND THIS WEEK KASICH

APPOINTED A BLACK MAN TO

HEAD THE CABINET LEVEL OHIO

DEPARTMENT OF JOBS AND

FAMILY SERVICES.

WHO IS PERFECT FOR THIS

POSITION.

BECAUSE AGAIN, HE ALREADY

HAD THAT THE JOB AS INTERIM

HEAD.

THAT MAN'S NAME, MICHAEL B

COLBERT.

YES.

COLBERT.

THAT MEANS I AM PROBABLY

BLACK.

(LAUGHTER)

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

AND AS A MAYBE BLACK MAN, I

WANT TO THANK GOVERNOR

KASICH FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO

THE OTHER

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