S.D. legislator apologizes for racist view

In the category of attempts to apologize for your racism, a South Dakota legislator has provided a perfect example of trying to make the obvious go away.

State Rep. Michael Clark, a Hartford, S.D., Republican, posted on Facebook in the wake of Monday’s Supreme Court ruling on religious-based objections to doing business with LGBT customers that businesses should also be allowed to refuse to do business with people based on their race.

“If he wants to turn them away based on his color, then that [sic] his choice,” Clark said in answer to a question.

The Argus Leader pointed out that it would be illegal.

Others noted it’s racist.

Clark has now apologized for whatever it was, the Argus Leader says.

“The comments I made were very racist. I would like to apologize for those comments. Businesses should not be able to discriminate solely based on race, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.”

“My comments were made in haste, with the belief that businesses should be able to operate with fewer constraints of a heavy-handed government,” he wrote. “Of course, I was wrong, all business should serve everyone, equally.”

  • Huh, that’s looks like an actual apology, I never thought I’d see one of those in the wild.

    • crystals

      And that he actually admitted that his comments were racist! I am amazed.

  • MrE85

    Isn’t he part of the “heavy-handed government?”

  • theoacme

    Then the legislator should have also condemned that Supreme Court decision, which said that business could legally discriminate against LGBTQI’s…

    …since he didn’t, his remarks were very homophobic…

    …and his apology was very much 100% USDA Grade A horsehockey.

  • Jim in RF

    I assume by color he meant black. I didn’t think there were any Blacks in SD.

    • wjc

      He could have been referring to Indians, too. Equal opportunity racist, perhaps.

  • joetron2030

    I think his first comments were his true feelings. I don’t believe that apology for a second.

  • AmiSchwab

    “businesses should not be able to discriminate solely based on ” race or whatever alone. you need at least two different racist attitudes

  • lindblomeagles

    If the public hadn’t pointed out his comments were racist, would this SD Rep backpedal his remarks?