Rep. Lee: Ryan’s Comments on Inner City Culture Are a ‘Racial Attack’

Caitlin MacNeal, Talking Points Memo, March 12, 2014

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) on Wednesday slammed Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) claim that there is an inner city “culture problem” of men not working.

“My colleague Congressman Ryan’s comments about ‘inner city’ poverty are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated. Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says, ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black,'” she said in a statement.


Lee said that he has nothing to back up his claim.

“As someone who sits on the Budget Committee with Mr. Ryan, I know that his assertions about the racial dynamics of poverty are not only statistically inaccurate, but deeply offensive,” she said. “Instead of demonizing ‘culture,’ and blaming black men for their poverty, Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America.”

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  • Pro_Whitey

    Ryan is a useless hustler, just like his mentor, Jack Kemp. If the blacks take him out, good riddance. In case anyone reading here does not know, he is one of these “minority outreach” Republicans who is hot for illegal alien amnesty.

    • slash345


      He’d actually follow through with “inner city” programs to help “inner city” people (negroids.)

      So they’re doing us a favor of getting rid of him.

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      Great post. I thought the same thing when I read this, as much as I dislike black racists and hustlers like Lee, I dislike Ryan even more. Good riddance is exactly right and Lee is doing us a favor whether she knows it or not, I’m sure she only see a “racist white cracker” who needs to be put in his place. Well, for once in her miserable political life, she is right.

  • MekongDelta69

    “Inner City” is another idiotic, leftist term which was adopted years ago.

    I say we go back to ‘Ghetto‘.

    • JohnEngelman

      “Asphalt jungle” is appropriate.

      • APaige

        “Asphalt”? That’s too kind. Africans could never invent a material to create roads nor sustain them after they were built.

        • JohnEngelsman

          Whites are to blame for creating the situation that has allowed blacks to evolve their dangerous street culture. Whites need to step back and allow non-gentiles to take the reins and fix things by using their higher intelligence.

          • QuinnTheEskimo9

            “allow non-gentiles to take the reins and fix things by using their higher intelligence.”

            Anyone here still doubt that Engelman is an anti-white who longs for the end of the white race?

            All that remains is for him to tell us who’s paying him to post anti-white comments on a pro-white site.

        • Max

          They didn’t invent trees either, they just lived among them.

          • Zaporizhian Sich

            And some few met their makers hanging from them too.

      • MekongDelta69

        Eh – The original movie was good though…

        • JohnEngelman

          Northern white liberals who wanted to force school integration on Southern whites should have watched that movie. It is one thing to go to a public school where blacks are less than ten percent of the student body. It is something quite different to go to a public school in which blacks are over half of the student body.

          • MekongDelta69

            I think you’re thinking of “Blackboard Jungle” (1955).

          • JohnEngelman

            That is right. Thank you for correcting me. The Blackboard Jungle was released right after the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. I wish more Northern liberals watched the movie before they concluded that it was a good idea to force those conditions on Southern whites.

          • My sister and I watched that on public TV back in the 1970s. Our ex-father caught us and freaked right the heck out, like it was going to damage us any more than he already was. Good film!

    • Who Me?

      How about “porch monkeys”?

    • bilderbuster

      Slum sounds slimy.

  • slash345

    I just assume call them what they are instead of “thugs” and “inner cities.”

    Wink wink. Nudge nudge. 😉

    • bilderbuster


    • Brian

      I agree with your point, but FYI, it’s “I would just _as soon_ call them…”

  • haroldcrews

    Looks like having a black girl friend during his time in university didn’t give him immunity from charges of ‘racism’.

    • bilderbuster

      Neither does having a Black sister in law or the fact that (if he isn’t already) he will one day be “Uncle Paul” to some little Cosby Kidz.

  • sbuffalonative

    Lee said that he has nothing to back up his claim.

    Aren’t blacks the ones who keep telling us about high black unemployment rates?

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Blacks also support massive 3rd world immigration which helps keep those black unemployment rates nice and high. But the negroes couldn’t care less, as long as immigration hurts whitey and reduces him to a minority. Blacks are a truly low IQ population.

      • tlk244182

        As soon as Whites (real Whites, not libs or other ‘Whites’) are effectively disenfranchised (inevitable after Obama’s re-election,) I think Negroes will lose most of their political usefulness. No longer will there be any compelling reason to tolerate their narcissistic sense of entitlement, and the real shot-callers will begin to rule them with threats, not bribes. They dont yet understand that they’re not players, but only pawns. The same people who lifted them up will put them back in their place.

      • Carney3

        Reminds me of blacks chasing whites away from Rhodesia, now starving and miserable under their tyrant. But many would still not bring whites back.

        Blacks voting for leftists who shred family values, expand welfare, and go soft on crime, devastating their community.

        Where are all the “What’s the Matter with Kansas” style books asking why blacks vote against their own interests?

      • Sloppo

        I disagree about blacks being unable to survive without white people. They have survived without us on their own before and they can do it again. Their societies and reproductive habits are generally different than what we consider to be “normal”, but they can sustain themselves. I concede that their potential population density and living standards are probably much lower without a non-black population to loot however.

        • IstvanIN

          Urban blacks in the US would die out quickly if whites just disappeared. We could have easily cleaned up New Orleans by just sitting back and watching nature take its course. Without foreign aid, both medical and agricultural, Africa’s population would nose-dive and then stabilize at pre-20th century levels.

          • Sloppo

            I agree. It’s wrong for white people to support urban blacks for the same reason it’s wrong for us to habitually feed wild bears and wolves which wander into your yards.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Having a black ex doesn’t help him in the eyes of blacks. If anything, they hate even more than most white people do. His ex was a cheerleader, and considered attractive by their standards. The average black woman doesn’t come close to Deneeta Pope’s looks (although many did time in prison, just like she did). Many black men have ladies who don’t stack up to Pope, and that only makes them more angry.

    • D.B. Cooper

      Eventually, he came to his senses.

      • JohnEngelsman

        He should have married an Asian or Ashkenazi woman to improve his bloodline.

        • QuinnTheEskimo9

          All: Flag for removal unless you enjoy reading anti-white comments.

      • Carney3

        I used to enjoy photos of the beautiful Romney and Ryan families. It made me think, well even if their heads are full of PC myths, at least our genetic footprint is expanding, at least their personal resources are going to our own race, and in the long run that’s what matters most. Then that idiot Romney son adopted that black baby. When your head is full of PC myths, you’ll act on them.

      • Max

        He is still hoplessly contaminated. No thanks, pass.

    • Carney3

      I think most of the resentment among blacks on interracial marriages and relationships comes from black women, directed at black men and white women. Eligible black men (educated, employed, not addicted, not in jail or an ex-con) are relatively rare compared to the oversupply of eligible black women, who must compete intensely with each other for those men. Then the (on average) more attractive white women swoop in and carry off some of those black men, making the problem worse.

      By contrast, if black women date or marry a white man, I don’t think too many blacks are too worried about that. Black men shrug; plenty more fish in the sea – still hordes of available black women, plus, roughly, a net of one more available white woman out there now too. Black women shrug; one less black woman competing with them for the black men.

      • pcmustgo

        Nope, good chunks of black men get violent and beat up and attack the white man with his black girlfriend. I’ve known many a scenario like that, many interracial couples I knew telling me they were attacked.

        Seems odd, right, that black men who are notorious for going with white women would feel that way, right?

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “Lee said that he has nothing to back up his claim.”
    Yeah, it’s not like we have these things called unemployment and welfare statistics.

    • dukem1

      Thing is..there are plenty of whites unemployed…the blacks are the ones who max out on the welfare state.

      For whites it’s an unpleasant bump in the road. For the rest, it’s away of life.

    • Max

      They are impervious to these statistics. Their reading is that the high unemployment is prima facie *proof* of discrimination -and then privileged whites then blame them for being poor and having to resort to crime to feed their families The argument goes nowhere with the left, if news and popular talk shows are any indication of their impaired mentation. It is like trying to explain to a 17th century doctor that germs actually CAUSE disease rather than the converse.

  • Before you start cheering Paul Ryan:

    He’s still on the open borders train.

  • Rhialto

    I get a happy feeling when my enemies attack each other.

    • Malgus

      It’s sort of like Schadenfreude…

      Like when there’s a gas line explosion because some genius was stealing gas by torchlight…

  • “Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says,
    ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means:

    If I were Paul Ryan, my reply would be, “Mexicans, too.”

    • dukem1

      100 up-votes…

  • Gee, millions of illegal Mexican males pour across the border and find work, but millions of black males, too” oppressed” by KFC, the NFL and NBA, watermelon, drugs, hoochie mamas, and World Star Hip Hop, can’t find work. Did somebody forget to tell the blacks that working requires you to get up off your lazy butt, step away from TV and the Internet, and fill out applications. And no, you blacks, ebonics is not acceptable in the workplace.

    • pcmustgo

      Well, let’s try to understand though that the “work” most blacks qualify to do, given their educational levels, is awful, crappy, low wage, boring work. S— t jobs. So it’s understandable they’d avoid it. I mean, some jobs are more fulfilling than others.

      • From what I read blacks seem well suited to pimping and whoring. And drug dealing. These are jobs where you set your own hours and quit when you’ve made enough money to buy your next meal or next fix.

    • Tarczan

      Just wait a generation and we’ll see how hard the Mestizos work.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Other than killing whites and turning our nation into greater Mexico, they are just as lazy if not more so than blacks.

        • crapps

          Amen to that Zap..
          It’s funny, I write the littlest thing derogatory about race
          and I get the mods kind attention . . . . . how do you do it ..?..

      • If they were capable of working intelligently, honestly and diligently, Mexico would be a paradise instead of the corrupt, dangerous mess it is.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America.”
    Ah, yes, because the only reason why black urbanites have the worst employment rate is because of discrimination.

    It has absolutely nothing to do with black urbanites having the worst high school graduation rates, the highest felony rate, the worst work attitude, and being generally the least dependable.

    It also has nothing to do with there being no businesses in black urban areas because those areas are essentially war zones where employees and customers stand a good chance of getting attacked, and the business stands a good chance of getting looted or systematically shoplifted on a daily basis.

    And I’m sure it also has absolutely nothing to do with both political parties allowing millions of Hispanics to illegally enter the nation, reside in urban areas, and take many of the low wage jobs formerly held by blacks. None of this has anything to do with black urban employment.

    It has to be discrimination. It just has to be.

    • Einsatzgrenadier

      Blacks blame everything on white discrimination. They have no concept of individual responsibility. It must always be whitey’s fault because the truth is just too hard to bear for blacks.

      • Max

        “You can’t handle da troof!”

    • Northern_home_Southern_soul

      You forgot over 75% being born out of wedlock because the baby daddy runs away. Single motherhood is the #1 driving factor of poverty.

      However, also at play is the fact that these “inner cities” are run by liberals, their children go to liberals schools and their leaders are liberals, their churches are liberals and everything in their life is run by liberals, and yet its the evil white bogie man’s fault.

      • pcmustgo

        NO, 75% BEING BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK BECAUSE BLACK WOMEN DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE BIRTH CONTROL and think it’s normal to have multiple out of wedlock kids at young ages.

        Don’t blame it all on black men, black women play a huge role in that culture.

    • dukem1

      either that, or just being stupid and lazy.

  • Jimbo Jones

    Paul Rino is fully invested in immigration reform and the pipe dream of the Hispanic Republican vote. Rino wants to replace both black and white unemployed workers with foreigners and he does not care who he offends in doing so.

    • bilderbuster

      He’s playing his part to recolonize North America.

  • WR_the_realist

    I know of no one more to blame for the problems of inner city black men than inner city black men (and their often incompetent mothers and absent fathers). If that makes me a racist, so be it.

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      In the old days, our forefathers knew how to take care of criminal blacks, how to make the streets safe for white women and children.
      Now the government supports and backs up the criminal blacks and hides their crimes while punishing us.

  • dd121

    Here’s my proposal: send the blacks back to Africa and within 10 years the USA will be a LOT more prosperous.

  • QuinnTheEskimo9

    I thought this was about Sheila Jackson Lee and another of her wildly stupid statements. She said today the the Constitution is 400 years old.

    But then what’s the difference between Jackson Lee and Barbara Lee? Both are as dumb as a box of rocks.

    • ShermanTMcCoy

      Now, now. in their defense, they ARE stupid Negros (sorry to be redundant).

  • RHG

    Yep, it’s always the white guys responsibility to come up with ideas to get black men to take responsibility for their own lives.

  • MBlanc46

    She’s absolutely right. “Inner city” means “black”.

  • ShermanTMcCoy

    Another intellectual comment from a Representative with the surname “Lee.” Shirley-Jackson tells us that the Constitution is 400 years old, and Barbara tells us that black “culture” has nothing to do with blacks not working.

    Still, Ryan is probably just trying to justify his desire to legalize all those “hard-working” illegals.

  • Xerxes22

    All Paul Ryan did was to mildly say was that Blacks are responsible for some of their problems and his would be pets turned on him. Ryan is a traitor who wants to destroy our country. He deserves anything bad that happens to him. Yet, there are still a lot of dopey Republicans who love this guy because he is a conservative who wants to fix the deficit. Sure he wants to fix the deficit by destroying social security, medicare, veterans pensions, and all government pensions (except fo the top ones). He wants to destroy any program that helps working and middle class Whites and at the same time reduce taxes on his super rich donars and coporate backers. He is going to do all this while supporting amnesty and an open door policy for the third world. Yeah that will really fix the deficit.

    Ryan, McCain,Graham, Pelosi, Boxer, Schumer and so may others belong in the defendant’s box at a Nuremburg type trial to be tried for their crimes. Hopefully we will all live to see that day.

    • Vito Powers

      I think the GOP Spin Machine, hosted by Frank Luntz, initially tried to portray Ryan as another Reagan-style fiscal conservative budget hawk back in 2011 when Ryan introduced his “budget plan” that was to “reform” Medicare. After that grand failure and his loss as VP candidate, Ryan is now portraying/marketing himself as a “compassionate conservative” who cares SO MUCH about minorities and immigrants.

    • Grantland

      The penalty for treason is death.

  • Max

    Well rep. Lee, a guilty mind needs no accuser.

  • LHathaway

    “Mr. Ryan should step up and produce some legitimate proposals on how to tackle poverty and racial discrimination in America”.

    I thought the first step of solving a problem is to acknowledge it’s existance in the first place? Not so much her attack on him, but her failure to acknowledge there is a problem in the first place is anti-democratic? It’s a bait and switch kink of verbal sleight of hand? I think Thomas Sewell once commented about something similar to this by saying something like, ‘political correctness may be especially pernicious where problems are simply defined out of existence’

  • DJ

    The men whom aren’t working in the inner cities is NOT due to a “culture problem” as Paul Ryan slyly suggests. The truth is, most that inhabited the inner cities posses innate propensities that prevent them from being employable — and that condition won’t change no matter how many government programs you throw at it.
    Put that in your crack-pipe and smoke it, Babs!

  • MooTieFighter

    I challenge any of you to go to this website and read the comments. It’s amazing. Blacks do not understand America. You want to comment on their responses but they are so juvenile you don’t know were to start. It’s like arguing with a first grader. It’s really sad, because these people vote. Now with all that said, I could really care less about Ryan.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Indeed, and the senator in the photo is a member of the one minority with an even thinner skin than blacks.

    • IstvanIN

      Gosh he is slimy looking.

    • crapps

      Amen to that Zap..
      It’s funny, I write the littlest thing derogatory about race
      and I get the mods kind attention . . . . . how do you do it ..?

    • Gun-hater Carl Schaumberg. I just vomited into my own mouth.

    • Grantland

      These creatures don’t belong in White countries any more than blacks do.

  • MBlanc46

    It’s a standard euphemism. I use it myself when I don’t want to call a Negro a Negro.

  • IstvanIN

    To be fair female to male HIV transmission is very difficult if the male does not have open sores or infections in the genital area, which is why AIDS is not a major problem among heterosexuals. Of course there are other STDs that can easily be transmitted from female to male.

  • nobody

    You can’t even vaguely allude to the fact that there just might be one or two problems within the black community now, without being crucified by the progressives in a public fashion. During the founding and first days in this country, you could be burnt at the stake for someone alleging that you were a witch. Now, in the last days of it, you can be burnt at the stake for someone accusing you of thinking mean thoughts about minorities.