A black Democrat state representative in Michigan has come under fire for urging voters not to vote for the “ching-chang,” her wonderful little pert name for her Asian opponent — who is also a Democrat.
State Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D, Detroit) apparently used the racial slur against her Asian opponent at a recent rally.
According to the Metro Times:
More than a dozen community groups have called on Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) to apologize for a series of racial slurs sources say she used to describe her primary election opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).
Scott is alleged to have referred to Chang as “ching-chang” and “the ching-chong” to multiple voters outside polling precincts during last Tuesday’s election. She’s also said to have called one of Chang’s campaign volunteers an “immigrant,” saying “you don’t belong here” and “I want you out of my country.”
At another precinct, in Detroit’s East English Village, Scott was overheard telling a voter, “Thanks for voting for me, you don’t need to vote for that ching-chang.” That comment was relayed to Metro Times by Kalaya Long, a volunteer with Voices of Women to Win.
Naturally, Mz Chang says that the slur was “offensive to all Asian-Americans.” I can’t imagine she’s wrong on that one!
“It isn’t about me,” Chang added. “It’s about an elected official disrespecting entire populations, whether they be Asian-American, immigrant, or residents of Sen. District 1 or [Cook’s] own current house district.”
The paper found multiple witness to Rep. Scott’s slurs.
Scott even appears to have attacked Chang’s black husband, Sean Gray. He told the paper that he confronted Scott on her slurs:
The various off-color remarks were heard by multiple people connected with Chang, including Chang’s husband, who spoke with Metro Times. Sean Gray says after overhearing Cook disparage Chang outside a precinct on the east side of Detroit, “I … asked her not to speak about my wife in that manner. At that time she said to the voter that ‘these immigrants from China are coming over and taking our community from us.’ Further, she said it ‘disgusts her seeing black people holding signs for these Asians and not supporting their own people.'”
Gray, who is black, says Scott then went on to call him a “fool” for marrying Chang.
For a black woman to use racial slurs against another minority woman is quite an interesting little imbroglio, isn’t it?
Maybe the people of Detroit should start voting for Republicans?
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