Black lawmaker accuses 18-month-old toddler of racism

By Cherrie Miller
black lawmaker

Vanessa Summers


In a show of just how ridiculous some black people have become in regards to race,  Indiana Rep. Vanessa Summers accused an 18-month-old child of being racist.

Summers said the toddler, who is the son of her colleague Republican Judson McMillin was afraid of her because she’s black. Summers apparently met the child some time ago, and she recalled how that went:

“He looked at me like I was a monster and turned around and cried. And I told him (the child’s father) you need to introduce your child to some people that are dark-skinned so he will not be scared. I told Jud McMillin I love his son, but he’s scared of me because of my color. It’s hard.”

The comment by Rep. Vanessa Summers drew audible gasps, in no small part because the child — the son of Rep. Jud McMillin — is 18 months old.  Then, as other lawmakers groaned at the comments, she followed up with, “It’s true.” Asked whether his son shied away because of her skin color, she said, “I truly believe so.”

Unfortunate comment

To his credit, McMillin simply referred to Summers’ comments as “unfortunate.”

“It’s just incredibly unfortunate. You’d like to think that we would have professional discussion on the House floor and certainly be able to avoid having 18-month-olds in the discussion. I can tell you that if he reacted the same way he reacts with anybody brand new, he buries his head in his dad’s shoulder. Whoever it is, it’s what he does. He’s an 18-month-old kid; he’s in a new environment up here in the place like the Statehouse but doesn’t know anybody. I honestly don’t remember anything out of the ordinary.”

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said lawmakers are advised against bringing up their colleagues’ family members in negative comments but did not say he planned to sanction Summers in any way. Bosma also thought the comment was “unfortunate” but left it to other lawmakers to decide how to react.

“I’d agree, it was an unfortunate comment. But what’s said is said. On an emotional issue for folks, they sometimes say things that aren’t advisable,” Bosma said. “That’s probably one of these times.”

Toddlers are color blind

18 month old kids are about as color-blind as you can possibly be. And Summers’ suggestion that he was scared of her because of her skin color is just utterly ridiculous. She crossed a line, accusing her colleague of racism simply because his son behaved like any 18 month old does.

Speaker of the House Brian Bosma hasn’t indicated Summers will face any consequences for her insane comments, but she deserves to face some, because her behavior was inexcusable.