Paul Ryan Laments Inner-City Culture Of Not Working

Source: Arthur Delaney / The Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — Some inner city men suffer from a culture that does not value hard work, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said Wednesday.

“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 the value and the culture of work,” the Wisconsin Republican said on Bill Bennett’s “Morning in America” radio show. “There is a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) called Ryan’s remark “deeply offensive.”

“My colleague Congressman Ryan’s comments about ‘inner city’ poverty are a thinly veiled racial attack and cannot be tolerated,” Lee said in an email to reporters. “Let’s be clear, when Mr. Ryan says ‘inner city,’ when he says ‘culture,’ these are simply code words for what he really means: ‘black.'”

During his radio interview, Ryan cited a Harvard study finding that youth from lower-class backgrounds tended to be more isolated from society and civil institutions. Ryan’s office noted that the study’s authors themselves emphasized that their work focused on class and not race. (The study controlled for a variety of factors, including “urbanicity,” suggesting an “inner city” environment predicted less about young people’s civic engagement than their class background.)

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  • YolandaRThomas1

    Republicans are using their code words for racial politics.
    They want to divide and conqueror keeping the middle and poor fighting about their manufactured issues. The highest food stamp recipient’s are White and living in Iowa, Illinois, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia. There are 317 million Americans with 47 million receiving food stamp recipients 59% White (28million), 28% Black (13 million), 13% Other (6 million).

    A political system to maintain a permanent poor class by blocking opportunities. Then you establish a billion dollar industrial prison
    complex set up in the 80s with Reagan and his cronies to criminalize young
    black men (war on drugs crack) not white powder cocaine with the laws. The
    prison system explode from 1980s 500,000 to present day 2.3 million (1 million black) for mainly non violent crimes. Anyone knows there are more drugs (cocaine, meth, ecstasy, mollies…) being used in the suburbs, colleges, Universities and rural states by White people.

    America is the richest Country in the World and if we truly wanted to solve the Job, Education and Crime we could. Republicans White Men need to come to terms America is more diverse and the racial politics need to end. This Country is moving forward and we will drag you kicking and screaming into the 21st Century.

  • bigmikecraft

    Paul Ryan is accepting numerous gifts and contributions from very wealthy people and companies to make these terrible comments. I have been rich and I have been poor. Of course rich is better but I have never met any city person who did not want to earn their own way. The Tea Party and it’s henchman, Paul Ryan had better be on notice that any discussion of implied civil rights violations are illegal and may be prosecuted by any citizen under Article 34 RICO, as long as he says them or conducts himself illegally off the floor of Congress! I wish to tell Mr. Roland Martin, a newsman that I admire, that no senator or congress person may talk discrimination or have protection off the floor of Congress! Any public official may be individually prosecuted in Federal Civil Court if any infractions of he Law are found out in a mutual multiple manner by two or more congress people or Senators! They may be sued by any citizen but it is expensive in time and a little knowledge of the law is needed! Learn the Law, The Paul Ryan Group is practicing illegal actions by using sub word confusion! Thanks,