US lawmaker's comments anger blacks, Jews

January 17, 2007 03:04

A state legislator's statement that black people "should get over" slavery and questioning whether Jews should apologize "for killing Christ" caused furious and tearful denunciations before stunned lawmakers. Republican delegate Frank D. Hargrove, in defending himself, told one of his critics, a delegate whose Jewish ancestors immigrated from Nazi-occupied Poland, that "your skin is a little too thin." Hargrove, 79, in an interview published Tuesday in The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Virginia, voiced opposition to a measure apologizing on behalf of the state to the descendants of slaves. In the interview, Hargrove said slavery ended nearly 140 years ago with the Civil War and added, "I personally think that our black citizens should get over it." The newspaper also quoted him as wondering aloud, "are we going to force the Jews to apologize for killing Christ?"

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