Unfortunately, you read that headline correctly. Indiana state representative Vanessa Summers, a Democrat, actually got on the state House floor during a debate over the religious freedom bill, where she informed her GOP colleague Jud McMillin that his son is “scared” of her because she is black.
McMillin’s son is 18 months old. Not years, MONTHS.
Democrat Vanessa Summers (right), debating the law before making her statements (screengrab from Wistia)
“I told Jud McMillin I love his son, but he’s scared of me because of my color,” Summers told McMillin, who is white, during debate over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the House.
“It’s hard,” said Summers, D-Indianapolis. Then, as other lawmakers groaned at the comments, she followed up with, “It’s true.”
Summers stood by her comments afterward, detailing the meeting with McMillin’s young son earlier in the session.
“He looked at me like I was a monster and turned around and cried. And I told him you need to introduce your child to some people that are dark-skinned so he will not be scared,” she said.
Asked whether his son shied away because of her skin color, she said, “I truly believe so.”
This is so mind-numbingly insanely stupid that I don’t even know where to begin. (The video is here, if anyone wants to hear how crazy this sounded.) But we’ll start with McMillin’s response back to Summers. [click to continue…]