I am also "black" and I agree with the comments before me ("Not Racist" and
"Andy"). I think people are getting a bit carried away with the whole "Racist"
accuasations. remember: the media likes to play up the "bad" things. If life
were all sunshine and daisies...it wouldn't make the news. He was obviously
very emotional about the issue and misspoke. He was obviously taking
a page from the book Senator Stephenson had already opened: I raise to stand in
support of what I call the ugly baby bill Stephensons name for SB 48s2
(Equalization of school Capital Outlay Funding.)Buttars obviously
got emotional and was against the bill. I think he then took Stephensons use of
the word Baby:He was referring to SB 48s2 as the baby and used
black, dark and ugly to (unfortunately very negatively) describe how negative
the bill is. Do I believe he is a racist? Im not sureIve never met
the guy. But I dont believe it was his intent to make a racist slur.
This is one West Jordan resident who is deeply disturbed that this man is still
in office. This comment was OFFENNSIVE to myself and many others. I believe
that our elected officials have a responsability to be CONSCIOUS about their
words as well as their actions. They are put in office to represent the people
and I am embarresed to think that this man would represent me in any way. I'd
like to know if there is a petition to remove senator Buttars from office. As a
communtiy we need to stand together and let our government know that we are no
longer willing to tolerate any form of racism or bigotry from the people whose
paychecks our taxdollers fund.
I can't wait until I see the video on youtube! It'd be interesting to see what
the rest of the US thinks his comments represent. I'd bet money that more
people see it as racist.
Please let the people of West Jordan deal with their own. If they're happy with
their elected officials then so be it. Calling the citizens of West Jordan
ignorant if they DON'T take action will just get their ire up and not solve
anything. Honestly, if this is the worst offensive news item you can find in
the paper we really do live a charmed life here in Utah.
Can we honestly say that Senator Butters is a racist? A racist is someone who
gives preferential treatment or status to a group of people based on a physical
or cultural difference. If one looks at Senator Butters voting
record, one will see that he consistently rejects racist agenda.Senator Romero is a racist. He read into an innocent adjectival enhancement
something that was simply not meant or inferred in the context of Senator
Butters statement. And please dont leap to the logical fallacy, argumentum ad
numerum: because seemingly many people have taken Senator Butters statement as
racist, does not mean it is racist. I stand by the good Senators intent, not
Romeros warped perception.
Buttars is a racist bigot and this is far from the first time he has made
disgusting comments. Anyone who says otherwise should just google his name and
read the past news stories. This has been going on and on for a long time. He
needs to resign or better yet be lynched so he could better understand the
horrible nature of his comments.
Having watched Butters several times previously, I do believe the comment was
from his heart - and racist; but I'd like to make a point I haven't seen
raised:We often refer to objects and topics as "baby" to mean a
close adoptive feeling, and other times just to describe something as "bouncing
and new"; but not to compare it as an actual "baby".He may have ment
it that way -- but I highly doubt it.
I agree with "Get a Life". It is a waste of time to even dicuss this issue.
Political Correctness has gone way off the deep end. If you don't want this guy
in office, move to West Jordan and vote him out yourself. "He who is free from
sin, let them cast the first stone".
This guy seems to hate everybody who is not exactly like him. If you're not
white, straight, and LDS, he's going to disparage you, try to pass bills that
hassle you and/or limit your rights. Did you see the hatred on his face in the
photo in the Trib on Tuesday as he looked at the woman speaking for gay rights?
Are these really Christian values? Come on, vote this guy out. Even if you're
a Republican, there have got to be Republicans that are better people than this
guy that can oust Buttars at a party convention or a primary.
Again Utah will make national headlines and become the laughing stock of late
night TV because of his remarks. Wake up West Jordan and get a leader!
I am black, and let me tell you, this comment made by Senator Butters was NOT
racist, and in no way am I offended. If you want to hear real racism from
politicians look at some of the comments Senator Byrd from West Virginia has
made over the years.
Far from racist? It is completely racist and the fact that you don't think it is
tells me you think it is okay to slur a race. People don't accidentally say
things in public that they don't say in private. He probably didn't have any
idea it was wrong to say such things and then had to have it explained to him so
he could save some dignity by apologizing. Didn't work.
Honestly, so Buttars is a racist homophobe. Seriously, the people of West
Jordan need to wake up and realize that every time you re-elect this guy you
make yourselves look very ignorant.
Thank you Sen Valentine for bringing the matter to the attention of Rep
Buttars.As for Rep. Buttars - it appears your true colors have
shown. We can all be assured that none of the upcoming illegal immigration
legislation is racist, because, by golly - our legislators would never hold such
disdain for persons of color."This baby is black, I'll tell you.
This is a dark, ugly thing," Buttars said.Rep. Buttars associated
ugliness with a black baby. Why not just an ugly baby. Surely not an ugly white
baby. The truth is blackness, since at least the time of slavery, has been
associated with dark, evil, bad things by racist persons.Buttars
makes me feel sick for all persons of color with his perpetuation of racist
Get a life both of you. This is so far from racist I am surprised it ever made
teh news, let alone the bottom of the news. You have got to be kidding. I am
sure "white board" is racist also? Is "black board"? Get a life.
This is MAJOR Utah news, folks -- why is it buried at the bottom of the list.AND....he did NOT offer a proper apology. 'He offered an apology to
"anyone who took offense" 'No, he should apologize to EVERYONE, to
his God, to his family, to his constituents and express shame for his
wrong-headed remarks.People have been fired for less; but the
gullibles down in West Jordan will continue to re-elect this buffoon. After
all, he matches their hearts.
It would be interesting to listen to this man behind closed doors. When people
are in stressful situations the truth is often revealed...