Ohio GOPer Suggests ‘Colored’ Americans ‘Do Not Wash Their Hands As Well As Other Groups’

Ohio state Sen. Steve Huffman (R) (Photo courtesy of Ohio Senate Legislature website)
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As the Ohio state Senate was discussing a resolution that would declare racism a public health crisis earlier this week, state Sen. Steve Huffman (R), who is also a doctor, offered a racist theory as to why black communities have been hit harder by the COVID-19 outbreak than others.

“Could it just be that African Americans — the colored population — do not wash their hands as well as other groups?” he asked Ohio Commission on Minority Health executive director Angela Dawson, who is black, during a hearing on Tuesday. “Or wear a mask? Or do not socially distance themselves? Could that just be maybe the explanation of why there’s a higher incidence?”

“That is not the opinion of leading medical experts in this country,” Dawson responded.

On Wednesday, Huffman said in a statement that he regretted making the comment.

“Regrettably, I asked a question in an unintentionally awkward way that was perceived as hurtful and was exactly the opposite of what I meant,” the lawmaker stated. “I was trying to focus on why COVID-19 affects people of color at a higher rate since we really do not know all the reasons.”

A study by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) found that 52 percent of COVID-19 cases in the U.S. come from disproportionately black counties, which also accounted for nearly 60 percent of deaths from the virus.

However, researchers in the study pointed to “structural racism” as the cause of the alarming gap, not presumed personal behaviors by black Americans.

“Structural factors including health care access, density of households, unemployment, pervasive discrimination and others drive these disparities, not intrinsic characteristics of black communities or individual-level factors,” the researchers wrote.

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  1. From WaPo:

    In a phone interview with The Washington Post late Wednesday, Huffman defended himself, insisting that his language was not intended to be derogatory. Huffman added that he thought the phrases “people of color” and “colored population” were similar.

    From the Google, Tipp City, OH is where he is a emergency doctor and lives, it is 95.8% white.
    And for fucks sake he is 3 years younger than me, and “colored people” was not used in the 60s, at least north of the Mason Dixon line.

  2. “Regrettably, I asked a question in an unintentionally awkward way that was perceived as hurtful and was exactly the opposite of what I meant,”

    There is no hope for some of these people.

    They will never see that ‘awkward’ does not define how racist both the statement and the walk back are.

    Please go join a Trump rally and save us from your crap in the future.

  3. What sort of medical doctor is he? Where did he attend medical school? Does he have a current medical license?

    Please look this stuff up and add it to the story. It will take 5 minutes.

  4. ‘There’s just too much material’

    Harry Shearer has announced he is temporarily suspending his weekly hour-long Le Show and substituting it with an expanded version of his “Apologies of the Week” segment. The hour-long Les Excuses de la Semaine will air in the same time slot on all outlets until Le Show returns, probably in February or March 2021.

  5. He’s an emergency room doctor in Tipp City, OH. And yes he is still licensed.

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