GOP Commissioner Apologizes For “N*****-Rigging” By Insisting That He “Built Habitat Homes for Colored People.”

600px-Seal_of_Kansas.svgIt appears that Rep. Don Young has a soul mate in Kansas. Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile, 68, complained in a meeting that the county needed to hire an architect to design local improvements rather than “n*****-rigging it.” It is not clear which is worse the statement or his attempt at an apology.

Gile is serving his first term as a commissioner and was in a debate with Commissioner John Price on repairs to the county’s Road and Bridge Department building. He was recorded by County Clerk Don Merriman. Remarkably, his comment produced laughter though one citizen asked Gile to repeat what he just said. Gile proceeded to offer “Afro-Americanized” as a substitute for “n*****-rigging.”

Gile later said he meant to say “jury-rigged” and “this came out.” He agreed “It was a bad choice of words.”

Gile proceeded later to dig a deeper hole by insisting “I am not a prejudiced person. I have built Habitat homes for colored people.” He also noted that he has a close friend whom he regards as a sister who is black.

Gile has been credited with public service activities in the county. However, at some point, Gile may want to realize that speaking is not a strength for him and that he may want to try silence as a new approach to life.

Source: Salina

22 thoughts on “GOP Commissioner Apologizes For “N*****-Rigging” By Insisting That He “Built Habitat Homes for Colored People.””

  1. “N-word-rigged” is a popular term, and I heard it a lot growing up in a working class neighborhood outside Pittsburgh. It basically means that something is poorly constructed, or built so as to just provide the minimum necessary to get paid . It is EXACTLY what this guy meAnt to say.

  2. Barking Dog, who do you speak for when you say colored people is okay? Have you looked at the membership of the N.A.A.C.P. lately. It no longer is represented of the population. Barking Dogs should learn when to be silent Dogs that bark often and for no apparent reason other than to hear its bark soon become a nuisance.

  3. The “colored people” aspect is ok unless the NAACP changes its name and condemns it.

  4. From a politician such as this, I would have expected the freudian slip to be…

    “Election Rigged”

  5. “jury rigged.” most likely from the adjective “jury” meaning “temporary.” attested by OED to about 1610.

  6. “Gile later said he meant to say “jury-rigged” and “this came out.””

    Completely understandable mistake. Why, just the other day in court, I accidentally started my opening statement with “Ladies and gentlemen of the nigger, . . . .”

  7. And the republicans wonder why they’re losing market share across the country? This guy may play well in Kansas but he’ll cost them thousands of votes nationwide.

    Casual bigotry is alive but slowly being voted out of office.

  8. One would think the least a Republican could do would be getting gerry/jerry rigged right…since gerrymandering their way to election victory is the latest rage.

  9. In Saint Louis, fifty years ago, when a plumbing job was bungled by a non union worker, it was said to have been done “by some Hoosier”. Usually with an expletive before the word Hoosier. That word in Saint Louis referred to poor white trash folks. It is not a reference to refugees from Indiana. In recent times I saw a movie on BET tv where some black producer employed the word nigger rigged. Some folks have cultural privilege. Like those folks back in the Hoosier State with the word Hoosier. Ya ever see a drier vent with scotch tape at the seams and no screws after it heats up on the first go round? Darn Hoosiers.

  10. When he said “Jury Rigged” he mispoke the phrase “Jerry Rigged” which is WWII talk for the GI who walks up on a nice car on the side of the road, gets in and it explodes when he touches the key. “Jerry” is for German. After WWII the phrase got transposed in America and some folks do say “jury rigged” but they dont know a Kraut from a Fraulein.

  11. Where would THE FIRST non-segregated high school prom take place … certainly not in the U.S. … right?

    Wrong:

    A group of high school students in Wilcox County High School, GA., are taking a stand against their school’s practice of holding racially-segregated proms by organizing the first-ever integrated prom in the school’s history.

    (First Ever Non-Segregated Prom). These instances are a group dynamic that has been happening a long time.

    It is not individual racism at the core which is at work, though it does engender and perpetuate racism in individuals as they grow up in the village it takes to raise a child.

  12. I thought the term was jerry-rigged. whatever, the guy needs to wash his mouth out with soap.

  13. How about good ole Southern Engineering….. Oh… Might be offensive….

  14. Something happening down under the covers of the commissioner’s cognition?

    Even though he resists it?

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