Vanessa Summers, 56, is everything that is wrong with today's racial politics. She is a Democrat who has been in the Indiana legislature for 24 years.
This week she accused an 18-month-old boy of being a racist.
During a debate on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act -- which surprisingly she opposes -- Vanessa Summers turned on Republican Jud McMillin’s baby boy. She said, "I love his little son, but he’s scared of me because of my color — and that’s horrible."
Maybe he's scared of her because she is a big woman with a loud mouth.
Nope, it turns out he is shy around strangers.
Jud McMillin had to defend his son against her implication that the lad is a member of the Ku Klux Klan. The father said: “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.”
I want to tell Vanessa Summers it is not all about you. White people behave this way toward other white people the same way. His instinct to be wary of strangers and to turn to his father for protection are signs of a normal young child.
After a while, it looks like many black Democrat politicians today are acting like many white Democrats did during segregation when they played racial politics like this. It's embarrassing. Someone needs to take Miss Summers aside and tell her to turn it down a notch.
And please, apologize to the kid. Maybe not in person. He seems kind of shy.