For the past four decades, I’ve covered the Indiana General Assembly as a reporter and monitored it as a columnist and publisher. What occurred on the House floor and out in the Statehouse hallways last week has been described as a “racial” clash. And I will tell you upfront that while there has been racial tension throughout Indiana’s two centuries of statehood, this is the first time in my memory that it bubbled up so publicly at the Statehouse.

It appears to have begun during a debate about a St. Joseph County school transportation bill with state Rep. Greg Porter, D-Indianapolis, objecting and then walking off the House floor. State Rep. Vernon Smith of Gary had declared the United States to be a “racist nation.” That was met with booing and catcalls, with Republican state Rep. Jim Lucas stalking off the House floor. Multiple reports described a hallway shouting match between state Reps. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, and Vanessa Summers, D-Indianapolis.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at www.howeypolitics.com. Find him on Facebook or Twitter @hwypol

(9) comments

sidearm

Joe, you are a sad character. I feel sorry for you. Your only view of the world is through the lens of politics. You seem to have no opinion of your own just what the party tells you to say. Why do you hate your white heritage, feeling guilty of something?

fire111

How can anyone argue with Joe reasonings! He says nothing of value because he has no values! But you are way of your rocker Joe. I won't be around 24 years from today. I'm as old as dirt now! Done some dumb things and some good things! I've enjoyed life to it's fullest! I was lucky enough to help lots of people . I enjoyed my career and was pretty good at it. Can you say you enjoyed your career??? Hmmm!!!! Do you even have a career?

fire111

Times must be getting really tough for WOWY Howey! No Trump to kick around any longer! So let's try some George Floyd racism. Or some 170 year old plus KKKisms. So every time there is a problem and a minority can't figure out how to sway the battle..... by golly....it's racism!!! Are these things racist. NAAC ( National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), UNCF (United Negro College Fund), funded by HBCUs, Historically Black Colleges or Universities. How about the IABPFF, ( International Association of Black Firefighters)? Or the National Black Police Association? Almost forgot! February. Every year. Black History month!

Joe King

It's nice that Fire reminds people of his nature born bigoted views....by himself...... Thank you Elkhart Truth for having the courage to print Fire's inflammatory views and beliefs. Let us all remember.

fire111

I knew you would bite Joe! I love it! 2 of my crew died of cancer! It was like cutting off my arms. Some of the best men I have ever met! Sat with them many hours sharing our work memories, our family memories, our times growing up as children, our challenges in marriage and child upbringing and personal beliefs in religion. The thing is Joe, there is no white firefighters union and there are black firefighters in THE Union. There is no whites only cop organization, but there is a black cop organization. There is no United White college fund. Is there Joe? And so on! Did you even read Howey's racial bating column? Who called all the opposite side all racists A black Rep! Just to let you know Joe... my crew was lovingly called the OREO CREW. Guess who was the middle of the OREO! One night headed for my bunk, I walked in the dorm, 2 guys telling stories in the bunk room, totally dark as I walked in I said man is dark in here, and then came the retort...... It's OK Casper, we can see YOU!!! See Joe, if you can't get by skin color, you can't consider YOURSELF free! I was honored to deliver my "black brother" to his final resting place. In the middle of Lusher and Benham, in front of Fire House #2 his last alarm was sounded and he was pronounced 10-42 for the last time. HE was headed home! During that ceremony the other black brother and I held hands across our rig, crying like small children. A few years later the other brother passed also from cancer! Thanks Joe I understand you more and more. Every time you post!

sidearm

Again old Joe shows his woke card and proves Fires point. Instead of offering a different opinion he attacks with you are a racist.

sidearm

Don’t forget the Congressional Black Congress or even the Black Expo right here in Elkhart. I don’t think these are inherently racist but they certainly divide us by color which is what they are supposed to do. Dived and conquer.

Joe King

Looks like Sidearm and Fire are in perfect company... In 24 years, they will be in the minority....tick tock.....tick tock....Only then will they realize that something must be done to right the wrongs. since this country was formed...Native Americans and black people have been persecuted and vilified... Now that the history, the complete history is being told, they are taken offense...The new views of the gop....

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