Alabama state Sen. Scott Beason, a cooperating witness in a federal corruption case, called black gambling hall customers "aborigines" when he was wearing an FBI wire and recording conversations with his fellow lawmakers, it was revealed in court this week.
Beason and two other Republican legislators were joking about economic development in predominantly black Greene County and the customers of the Greenetrack casino, the Associated Press reports.
"That's y'all's Indians," one Republican said.
"They're aborigines, but they're not Indians," replied Beason.
The transcript was read Wednesday in the federal trial of casino owner Milton McGregor.
The Justice Department indicted eleven defendants, including McGregor, in a massive bingo bribery probe back in October. Feds charged that the four current and former state legislators, three lobbyists and two businessmen with casino interests were part of a conspiracy to influence pro-bribery legislation. Some defendants, including McGregor's lobbyist, have plead guilty. McGregor's trial got underway last week.
In another recorded conversation, Beason -- who cooperated with the feds' investigation and has not been charged -- agreed with other Republican legislators who said that there would be a big turnout of black voters if bingo was on the ballot because casino owners would offer free buffets and gambling credits to lure African-American customers and then bus them to the polls.
Beason is the same bastion of tolerance that advocated that if the Republicans wanted to really deal with illegal immigration, they should just “empty the clip, and do what has to be done.” There are calls for Beason to resign for his racist statements, although so far, Beason has resisted doing so.
Will the media hound him and his party relentlessly until he does resign? Or is this another case of IOKIYAR?