CRAWDADDY: Young blacks say race has no place in the education conversation

Those wondering what young black people think about the likes of Rep. Gene Alday, R-Off The Wall, and his take on race need wonder no more.

Rep. Jeramey Anderson, D-Moss Point and the youngest member of the state House, doesn't much care for the hate coming out of Alday, who's old enough to know better.

"As a Mississippi elected official, I am forever concerned with the well-being of all the people in our great state. Moreover, I recognize holistically the many contributions of African Americans to both Mississippi's economic and cultural development," said Anderson in an email from the Young Democrats. "Particularly in the area of education, African American communities have given much - sometimes even their very lives  --  as they rallied for an equal and comprehensive state public education system.

"Thus, I disagree with Representative Alday's recent commentary. Nevertheless, I think it's important to keep centered on the heart of the matter - our precious students. We must agree, the future of Mississippi is certainly integrally linked to the successes of our future generations. In that vein, I remain committed to advancing sound policy-making; thinking both critical and analytically of how my present day decisions will impact the future of Mississippi's children. We should all be committed to ensuring that Mississippi's youth have an equal and fair opportunity at a quality education."

Alday told the Clarion-Ledger on Sunday he opposed spending more on education because in his hometown "all the blacks are getting food stamps and what I call 'welfare crazy checks.' They don't work."

He later said his comments were taken out of context. 

But consider this. In DeSoto County in 2013, about 21 percent of the population was black and about 9 percent of the population was on Food Stamps/SNAP, according to the Census Bureau.