Rep. Steve Alford Must Resign

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Racist, bigoted beliefs and behaviors are alive and well. In fact, it's been flourishing over the last two years. It's time to hold those in power accountable when they overtly exhibit such behavior. Just as the #MeToo movement is holding sexual harassers and abusers and discriminators accountable, resulting in resignation and removal of offenders, the same must begin for those who are the most visible representatives of institutionalized racism, including politicians. 

Rep. Steve Alford (R-KS) exhibited such ignorant behavior, which influences how he legislates, on 12/6/18 when he spoke to a group of (all white) people at a "Legislative Coffee" on why he thinks marijuana should not be legalized in his state, even with the potential financial boon it offers:

“Basically any way you say it, marijuana is an entry drug into the higher drugs. What you really need to do is go back in the '30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas and across the United States. What was the reason why they did that? One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African-Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that. And so basically what we’re trying to do is we’re trying to do a complete reverse, with people not remembering what has happened in the past.”

NOT ACCEPTABLE. Time for anyone who embraces white supremacist|racist, bigoted beliefs to be removed from office, voluntarily or otherwise. These comments are so egregious and exhibit such a level of ignorance that an apology is insufficient. Time to say #ByeRacism to Rep. Steve Alford. 

We are petitioning the following members of Kansas House of Representatives Leadership to hold Rep. Alford accountable and remove him from office:

Ron Ryckman (R) - Speaker of the House
Don Hineman (R) - Majority Leader
Jim Ward (D) - Minority Leader

See Topeka Capital-Journal article:

This petition launches the #ByeRacism project, the first as part of the No-Other ZONE campaign. 

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