Democrat Vanessa Summers Calls GOP Lawmaker’s 18 Month Old A Racist

Democrat Vanessa Summers Calls GOP Lawmaker’s 18 Month Old A Racist

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)
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.

McMillin, R-Brookville, called Summers’ comments “unfortunate.”

“It’s just incredibly unfortunate. You’d like to think that we would have professional discussion on the House floor and certainly be able to avoid having 18-month-olds in the discussion,” he said.

“I can tell you that if he reacted the same way he reacts with anybody brand new, he buries his head in his dad’s shoulder,” McMillin said. “Whoever it is, it’s what he does. He’s an 18-month-old kid; he’s in a new environment up here in the place like the Statehouse but doesn’t know anybody. I honestly don’t remember anything out of the ordinary.”

Is this seriously going to be a new thing? A baby cries at the sight of a stranger approaching them. They cling to mom or dad, because they know them. And if that person is of a different color, the baby is now a racist, and, by extension, the parents are as well for not “introducing” that same baby to lots of different strangers???

My baby just turned two, so I’m in this same stage of life with a similarly-aged child. Newsflash for Vanessa Summers – children are not fond of strangers. It is the rare child who DOESN’T cling to mom or dad when not in a strange environment. Want proof? Take an 18 month old to see Santa Claus and try to take pictures. In Vanessa Summers’ world, an 18 month old wouldn’t cry, because Santa is generally portrayed by a white man. All parents who have ever tried to get a Santa picture with a toddler know what a load of absolute crap Summers just dished out.

And what kind of person is Summers that she casts up the behavior of a baby in a public forum to his father? She was trying to prove how difficult her life is as a black woman in Indiana. If the only example she can pull out is that an 18 month old was afraid of her, and that proves racism, then her life isn’t all that difficult. My gut says she wanted to smear McMillin as a racist, and tried to do that by bringing up his son’s behavior. The visceral reaction of her House colleagues, who obviously all knew the age of the boy, and her immediate “it’s true” comment, say to me that she’s just trying to “get” McMillin.

Instead, she ended up looking insane. But she won’t be censured for it.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said lawmakers are advised against bringing up their colleagues’ family members in negative comments but did not say he planned to sanction Summers in any way.

Bosma also thought the comment was “unfortunate” but left it to other lawmakers to decide how to react.

“I’d agree, it was an unfortunate comment. But what’s said is said. On an emotional issue for folks, they sometimes say things that aren’t advisable,” Bosma said. “That’s probably one of these times.”

So it is left to the court of public opinion to censure Summers for calling an 18 month old a racist, and for projecting her own perceptions on race onto a small child. It never occurred to her that a child might avoid her because she’s a “stranger.” She can only see it through a racial lens. Which says A LOT more about her than it does about the 18 month old.

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  • cuchieddie says:

    Is it my imagination or are afrikans becoming more and more racist? And I also have noticed a lot of black on white murders that are not being brought before the public. I don’t understand why people are so afraid of a small group (13%) becoming violent if they’re criticized. Bring it on bitches, we’re locked and loaded and tired of your lawlessness.

  • Penny S says:

    Oh, geeez Louise!! Good parents actually teach their children to be wary of strangers….it’s for their protection. Summers is the racist!’

  • Gail Boer says:

    She is ignorant, racist and needs to grow up. Babies get real funny about strangers indeed. sigh

  • I thought attacking the children of politicians was off limits. Apparently that is only true for the children of Democrats.

  • Larry says:

    child seems to be able to see scary stupidity at a very young age may be the best politition ever.

  • Dana says:

    Would it be wrong of me to suggest that the baby shied away from Representative Summers because she’s ugly?

  • John King says:

    The new course of political discussion: If a tree falls in the forest, and there’s no one there to hear it, cry ‘Racism!’.

    • Chris in N.Va. says:

      Well, if the tree makes loud noise, then it might “trigger” spasms of fear in some sensitive snowflake person, so….

      …..perhaps this falling tree can just wave its leaves in a “jazz hands” motion and gently settle to the ground to avoid all criticism (provided its falling didn’t overly disturb some equally sensitive cute little forest critter).

      Sheesh….stupid is as stupid does….

  • RE Ramcharan says:

    Well, to be fair, Ms. Summers does look pretty scary.

  • cmeb45 says:

    Wow… Look for Eric Holder to charge the youngster , and I’m sure Rev Al and Uncle Jesse will be in the fold . This is beyond stupid . Our country is absolutely on track to completely collapse . Wake the hell up America ! Before it’s to late

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