Legislator Calls Out Her ‘White Male’ Colleagues For Skipping Speeches By Women Of Color


White men leave Minnesota chamber when black women rise to speak.
Democratic House minority leader calls them , rather than change they asked minority leader Rep Mellissa Hortman (D) to apologize she refused.

 

“I’m a white male,” state Rep. Bob Dettmer (R) said. “I respect everybody. But I really believe the comments that were made by the minority leader were really not appropriate. Minority leader, would you apologize to the body?”
I’m really tired of watching women of color, in particular, being ignored. So, I’m not sorry. Minnesota House Minority Leader Rep. Melissa Hortman (D).

 

 

 

 

Melissa Hortman (D), the minority leader in the state House, was disappointed that more of her colleagues weren’t in the chamber to hear this speech and others that had been delivered by women opposed to the bill. So she moved to make them come back.

“I hate to break up the 100 percent white male card game in the retiring room, but I think this is an important debate,” she said.  That comment deeply offended some of the white men in the chamber.

“I’m a white male,” state Rep. Bob Dettmer (R) said. “I respect everybody. But I really believe the comments that were made by the minority leader were really not appropriate. Minority leader, would you apologize to the body?”  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/melissa-hortman-white-male_us_58e3aed1e4b0d0b7e164c7cb?