Republican County Commissioner Says He Isn’t a Racist Because He Has a Black Friend

County Commisioner Jim Gile - Saline County Kansas

County Commisioner Jim Gile – Saline County Kansas

Here we go again. Another old, white Republican elected official forgets that he’s not among his cronies and utters another racist comment on the record. Republican Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile used the term “nigger-rigging” during a commission discussion about hiring an architect to work on a county building.

County residents immediately started calling for his resignation which forced Mr. Gile to apologize.

The Salina Journal, a local newspaper, reported the incident like this:

In a recording made by County Clerk Don Merriman of the study session, Gile, who is white, can be heard to say the county needed to hire an architect to design the improvements rather than “nigger-rigging it.”

His comment brought laughter from others in the room. Salinan Ray Hruska, who attends most commission meetings and study sessions, asked Gile what he said.

“Afro-Americanized,” Gile replied.

“He’s like that congressman from Alaska,” Commission Chairman Randy Duncan can be heard to say of Gile’s comment.

Gile told the newspaper that he knew the term he used from when he was growing up and that he meant to say “jury-rigged.” He also insisted that he is not racist, noting that he “has a black friend” that he considers close enough to be a sister.

“I am not a prejudiced person,” Gile went on to say. “I have built Habitat homes for colored people.”

Come on, Jim. You slipped up and spoke in language you ordinarily reserve for talk among your old, white friends. Just admit it and quit. Staying in the public eye is just going to remind us all that Republicans are racists.

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13 thoughts on “Republican County Commissioner Says He Isn’t a Racist Because He Has a Black Friend

  1. Jeff Winbush says:

    Whenever you have to pull the “some of my best friends are..” card, you should know you have zoomed past “fail” and headed straight to “Epic Fail.”

  2. democrats are racist too says:

    I have said nigger-rigging before… Does that make me a racist also?

  3. democrats are racist too says:

    Dude reverse racism does exist and you are ignorant if you think otherwise…

  4. democrats are racist too says:

    I have not said anything racist or hateful about any ethnicity or race. In my very first comment on this website all I said was this website is ignorant and that I did not like it. From the moment you have called me nothing but a racist Republican when nowhere did I ever say or hint that I was. And by looking at other comments it can easily be seen that you have in fact painted every person who has stood against this website as a racist Republican.

  5. CanadaEH says:

    I’m not a republican, far from it being a Canadian, but reverse racism does actually exist more so here in Canada. I will concede thought that normal racism is worse, but reverse racism is a problem that needs to be recognized. If only so minorities stop voluntarily segregating themselves from society.

  6. Yolanda Squatpump says:

    “Voluntarily segregating themselves…”

    Oh, dear.

    • CanadaEH says:

      Ok I shouldn’t of used the word minorities. Most immigrants want to participate in our multicultural society. However the indigenous people (Amerindians) would rather isolate themselves on their reserves and blame everything on the white man. You need first hand experience living in a northern community to know what I am talking about.

      • Traci Rowland says:

        Oh, dear again.

        Blaming what on the white man? Rape, murder and genocide? I do too, and I’m white!!

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