Once again those awful black people and Muslims are picking on a poor misunderstood not racist Republicans. This time their victim is a Tennessee House Majority Floor Leader, Representative Sheila Butt.
Butt has been called upon by the Tennessee Legislative Black Caucus, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the NAACP to issue an apology for an objectionable post she made on a Facebook page last month. Butt is refusing, claiming that her comment is being “totally misinterpreted” and that she has done nothing wrong.
Last month, Butt posted a comment on the Facebook page of Cathy Hinners, who operates Daily Roll Call, an anti Muslim website, in response to an open letter from CAIR calling on 2016 GOP presidential candidates to be more accepting of American Muslims than all but Mitt Romney was in 2012.
The post has since been removed.
Butt, who is a Tea Party Republican is dismissive of the charges that the post was racist in nature insisting that the acronym does not mean “National Association for the Advancement of White People” as everyone thinks.
“I think that’s funny because that isn’t even what that’s supposed to be. You’re making a story out of nothing,” she said. When pressed to explain what else it could stand for the smug Butt replied, “Oh, I know exactly what it is, but it’s not what you say it is. I’ll let people decide.”
Others are not convinced that Butt is being honest about the meaning of her comment. Representative Johnnie Turner who has served on the board of the state conference of the NAACP and as executive director of the group’s Memphis branch is among them.
“There’s nothing else it could be,” Turner said.
“It’s a sign of an underlying belief that whatever special privileges that are afforded to people who are white are now being taken away by people of other races, color, ethnicity, etcetera,” he said. “It just reinforces my belief and others who think like I do that there is still a lot of do that we still have a lot to do, that there is still racism prevalent.”
Butt remains defiant taking to the floor of the House on Thursday to invoke the First Amendment in defense of her remarks saying that it gave her the right to speak her mind.
Watch a report on Representative Butt’s defense of her comments in the video below.