Republican Congressman Paul Ryan accused residents of “inner cities” of having a “real culture problem” and lack of work ethic during a recent interview. He went on to say,“ We have got this tailspin of culture, in our inner cities in particular, of men not working and just generations of men not even thinking about working or learning to value the culture of work, so there is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.” Rep. Barbara Lee of California accused Ryan of racism, saying his language about poverty was a veiled attack on African-Americans. Paul Ryan said his comments about poverty and inner cities were ‘inarticulate’ and meant for ‘society as a whole,’ not a specific group.
What’s your take? Inarticulate banter or was it a deliberate dog whistle message to the extreme right of the GOP?
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