Critics blast Arizona lawmaker's comments as 'racist'

Critics blast Arizona lawmaker's comments as 'racist'

PHOENIX (AP) — A Republican lawmaker is being criticized for saying "there aren't enough white kids to go around" when discussing integration in schools at an event in northern Arizona.

Rep. David Stringer, a Republican from Prescott, spoke Monday at the Yavapai County Republican Men's Forum. His speech was livestreamed on Facebook and was available to watch on his campaign page. It was later removed.

A Democrat cut and posted a short clip from the video and Stringer's comments were then widely circulated on social media.

Democratic advocacy group ProgressNow Arizona called his comments "racist and paranoid."

Stringer told the Arizona Capital Times that he apologized to anyone he offended and planned to re-post the entire 17 minute video. He said he had been attempting to have an honest discussion about race.

Updated : 2021-03-05 22:28 GMT+08:00