State Sen. Karen Carter Peterson (D-New Orleans) is not backing down from comments she made this week about the role she claims race is playing in opposition to President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul known as the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

Tuesday, in a floor speech on an amendment calling for an expansion of Medicaid, Peterson said, “It’s not about how many dollars we can receive. It’s not about that. You ready? It’s about race. I know nobody wants to talk about that. It’s about the race of this African-American president.”

Carter Peterson, the state Democratic Party chair, went on to say, “It comes down to the race of the president of the United States, which causes people to disconnect and step away from the substance of the bill.”

The comments drew the ire of the Louisiana Republican Party. State GOP chair Roger Villerie released a statement calling for Carter Peterson to resign from her post with the Louisiana Democratic Party.

“It’s shocking that state Sen. Peterson has doubled down on her comment that Louisianians who oppose Obamacare are racists,” Villerie said.

Carter Peterson said she’s not stepping down or apologizing for her statements.

“There will be no apology because an apology is not due to the people of Louisiana for what I said,” Carter Peterson told WWL-TV. “An apology maybe should come from Gov. (Bobby) Jindal as to why he’s not accepting the money that can help so many uninsured citizens (and) working families.”


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  • The__Bobster

    Tuesday, in a floor speech on an amendment calling for an expansion of Medicaid, Peterson said, “It’s not about how many dollars we can receive. It’s not about that. You ready? It’s about race. I know nobody wants to talk about that.

    Obviously, your kind wants to talk about it all the time, you hideous, manly, mongrel.

    We’re the only ones who are not allowed to have an honest dialog on race.

    • bigone4u

      I grew up in New Orleans, a center for slave auctions, and a place where many pure blacks still exist. This woman is not a “hideous, manly, mongrel” in my experience. She’s probably one-third French, two-thirds African and by New Orleans standards is quite attractive. Lighten up her skin and you have many white women in New Orleans who resemble her. Furthermore, her comments are way above the ebonics level, even if they are nonsense. Regarding an honest dialog on race, if one ever does occur, it might just take place in New Orleans. New Orleans is the least conforming city in America that I can think of. Lousiana is the state that sent David Duke to the state house and almost made him governnor. Jindahl, who is a rather “hideous,” but not very “manly” governor should be able to engage this issue better than most, although his presidential ambitions may get in the way of open dialog. There are, however, others in Louisiana who won’t shy away.

  • The__Bobster

    To be honest, I hated it as much when it was called Hillarycare and Teddycare.

  • The__Bobster

    Carter Peterson said she’s not stepping down or apologizing for her statements.

    Only White conservatives are required to do that.

  • Oh Yeah

    Buh bye demorat party. It’s already extinct in Alabama…and soon to be Louisiana, too.

    • Manaphy

      until the amnesty bill passes

  • So CAL Snowman

    These liberals really have no shame whatsoever. To think that our once great nation has devolved into this circus side show spectacle. I guess she had to say what she said, I mean how else would she get elected. If you don’t call out Republicans for being racist you can’t get elected as a Democrat. This is why I sometimes turn to narcotics and alcohol, to escape from Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride.

  • bigone4u

    Black folk’s gonna believe what black folk’s gonna believe. All the evidence in the world ain’t gonna change that, shuh nuff.

  • MikeS

    Rosie O’Donnell?

  • APaige

    I always love the term ‘working families’. Bill Gates works and he has a family. What they mean is broken families that do not or will not work hard enough and need government help.
    P.S She looks like Michael Moore’s illegitimate black love child.

  • White Mom in WDC

    Okay, so maybe it is about race. So what? Isn’t everything in this excuse of a republic about race? Fact is black people are generally fatter and have more health problems than whites because they engage in unhealthy behaviors. Why should my tax money go to pay for the unhealthy lifestyle choices of black Americans

  • Nick Gherz

    0bama care is:

    A hole where astronomical amounts of money will be poured into with negligible returns.
    A medical disaster.
    A vote-buying scheme.
    Another way to transfer wealth from producers to takers.

    0bama care is not sustainable.

    Can she shove the race-card, please?

    • jane johnson

      Allow me to use some white analogies for Obamacare.
      1. It’s like the definition of a boat…a hole in the ocean that you pour money into.
      2. Liberal delusions of racial equality are like the definition of sailing…the art of going nowhere slowly, and at great expense.

    • me

      Quit confusing the nice Liberal with facts, Nick!

  • Mr. E

    Quadroons, Octoroons, and other blacks with a lot of white blood seem to be some of the quickest to attack whites. They have experienced that blacks are exceptionally tribal, and to be accepted into the tribe they try to prove their bona fides to other blacks by attacking whites and distancing themselves from their white side. Their incessant race card playing is, for the most part, a reflection of their own insecurities about who they are.

    • Eagle_Eyed

      I’ve also noticed they tend to head the race-baiting organizations (Ben Jealous, NAACP). I guess that white intelligence pays off.

      • Eagle_eyed,
        Isn’t it an ironic truth that the jealous NAACP is headed by a a man named Ben Jealous ?

  • dd121

    So, we’re being called racists for the umteenth time. Who cares.

  • JohnC

    Somebody didn’t get the memo from the Richwine lynching: race doesn’t exist.

  • Carney3

    Hillary Clinton’s effort to do this in 1993 was explosively controversial. Is she black?

  • AllSeeingEyeSpy

    Racism: whites breathing.

    • KevinPhillipsBong

      Mother Nature is a white racist.

      • AllSeeingEyeSpy

        Mother nature is not a racist. That’s just you. Unfortunately, those who must apologize for Whites breathing seem to be firmly in control of things.

  • guest

    I agree completely. I would be more supportive of welfare, public healthcare, etc, if I know they are going to my own people. But I know that the reality is they will go to a group of people who hate me, and in fact we’ll import millions more Somalis and Haitians and any other group like that and also give them free-everything. So that’s why I oppose it.

    There was some other story on Amren not long ago that in multicultural systems, people become less trusting and less willing to support public benefits. What a shock.

    In other words, it’s about race, because none of these programs can exist in a multicultural society.

  • I’m tired of “racism” being used to defend Obama’s policies… Why not look at his character and judge him & his policies, as Martin Luther King, Jr. said ?
    People like her have no strength of character, so…And as long as “racism” is accepted as a reason or excuse, blacks will never develop character…

  • DiversityIsDeath

    Whitey must be made to apologize for every little perceived offense, because he risks too much NOT to apologize. Whitey knows he will be vigorously pursued and punished if he does not grovel publicly. Even AFTER apologizing
    whitey may still be be further punished (i.e. forced to resign). But why should
    this negro apologize? What consequence(s) will this negro suffer if she
    does not apologize? None. She risks nothing.

  • No Kwan Noway

    We owe the chimps NOTHING.

  • Basketeddie

    She is a pig-faced octaroon. A very tacky thing to say, but I am sick of being called a racist because I disagree with our president’s radical socialist views.

  • Ella

    Oh yes, Hispanics and Blacks have the highest obesity rates like 1: 2/3. It’s another strategy to manipulate the tax payer to pay for my poor health. It must be nice to receive “free” healthcare now as Americans pay too much for their insurance and deductibles. “I’m Black and deserve the best for free.” It’s called “economics” and 17 trillion debt, not racism, Mizzzz Peterson.

  • george00

    Of course it’s about race, why do you think Obongo fought so hard for it. It takes disproportionately from whites and gives disproportionately to blacks.

    White people better get over their fear of being called racist. We are sitting back and watching our country being taken away from us because we are afraid of a word. Racism just means you believe the races are not equal and you want to do what is best for your race, it doesn’t have any thing to do with hate.

  • Sloppo

    If white people prefer to avoid their own destruction, then they must be racist.

  • I’m just not going to pay for Oogaboogacare. They can lock me up, but I’ve done time before. I won’t pay. Cowboy up and deal with it.