Yesterday I posted an installment of my “Real Racism” series, citing Pennsylvania State Representative bettie cook scott who, in the course of running in the Democrat primary for State Senate against a Chinese opponent, Stephanie Chang, used a barrage of ugly, hateful language against her.
Ms. Chang, I am happy to say, cleaned her clock in that primary, winning with more than four times as many votes as scott got.
Well, now – three days later and, I suspect, after being reamed by the state party, scott has apologized.
Here are her exact words. Take a look and see if they make you a believer:
“I deeply regret the comments I made that have proven hurtful to so many. Those are words I never should have said.
“I humbly apologize to Representative Chang, her husband, Mr. Gray, and to the broader Asian American community for those disparaging remarks. In the divisive age we find ourselves in, I should not contribute further to that divisiveness.
“I have reached out to Representative Chang to meet with her so that I may apologize to her in person. I pray she and the Asian American community can find it in their hearts to forgive me.”
The good news? Those are exactly the words that should have been said.
The bad news? It is extremely hard to believe scott’s sincerity, given her continuous use of derogatory racial terms for Ms. Chang, her stated disgust that Chinese people are coming to the United States, and the fact that scott called Ms. Chang’s (Black) husband “a fool” for marrying her.
Personally, though I wish I could buy the premise that bettie cook scott’s apology is from the heart, I can’t.
If she had made just one or two such comments, maybe I could ascribe it to a “heat of the moment” lapse. But her extensive barrage of hate went 1,000 miles beyond that point. To me, it is far more logical that she is trying to salvage her political career than seriously making amends to Stephanie Chang.
What do you think?