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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A state senator is receiving backlash after referring to Asian Americans as “yellow families” during a recent interim study focused on racial inequality. Sen. David Rader used the term during that presentation on Wednesday.
Below is the transcription from that interaction between Sen. Rader and Oklahoma Policy Institute’s Damion Shade:
“…Well into your presentation did you go to yellow families? You left yellow families out for quite a while.”
“You mean Asian Americans?”
“You use black term, white term, brown term so I was just gonna jump in there with you…”
“I was just making sure.”
“Because their experience has been totally different than many umm, than many others that have come over.”
Tell the class what you really mean, Sen. Rader.
“Even his word choice, as abhorrent as it is, it’s the ideas underneath it that he tried to articulate in his very brief comments that are in my opinion far more problematic,” he said. “He also makes comments about black family structure, trying to suggest making black families didn’t succeed because they didn’t stay together.”
Chair of the Oklahoma Democratic Party Alicia Andrews says she’s most upset that he unapologetically justified his use of the term.
“It’s troubling that he said it but it’s troubling that he doubled down,” she said. “The study was about racial inequities and here we are talking about his misuse of language.”
He didn’t misuse language, he dogwhistled what he meant.