WASHINGTON (CNN) - A Republican congresswoman apologized Thursday for saying that her party is looking for a "great white hope" to counteract President Obama's political agenda.
Kansas Rep. Lynn Jenkins told the Lawrence Journal-World that she did not intend to make a racist comment, and was simply saying that "Republicans have been suffering in recent years and we need a bright light."
"Obviously I was discussing the future of the Republican Party in response to a question about is there any hope for Republicans," Jenkins said. "I was explaining that there are some bright lights in the House, and I was unaware of any negative connotation. If I offended somebody, obviously I apologize."
Jenkins had been criticized for saying at an August 19 forum in Kansas that the GOP needs "to find the great white hope" to help the party succeed in the future.
"Republicans are struggling right now to find the great white hope," Jenkins said. "I suggest to any of you who are concerned about that, who are Republican, there are some great young Republican minds in Washington."
If you know a little history, you'd know that the origin of the term had to do with people trying to find a white guy to win back the heavyweight title from Jack Johnson, a black guy. So yes, the implications of using that phrase are a bit racist and do show one of the many unspoken motives of the reptile party. Have a nice day!
Sure congress woman! wink wink.
Since when did the term "Great White Hope" refer to lights? It has and will always refer to somebody who is white that is going to make something big happen, hopefully. This is the REAL reson the GOP lost in the last election. It's because they exclude people who have no control of what they look like. I would like to see somebody take control of the GOP that has common sense and take in people of all kinds.
Sounds like she's been going to too many town hall meetings.
Acutally any Hope after this charade as a president would be nice,
What more can I say? Many of us have known for quite some time the REAL reason why angry white people are holding "tea parties" and protesting health care reform. It's all about a black man being in the White House. Lynn Jenkins just let it slip.
Are we supposed to believe that Rep. Jenkins is so illiterate as to not know the context of the phrase "great white hope"? The whole story was about how segregation and prejudice played a part in finding a white boxer to bring down the Black boxing champ Jack Johnson. I'm getting sick of all the "unintended code words" to rally the fringe members of the right. I still holding out hope that not all Republicans buy into this garbage, but the rhetoric from people like her doesn't help their case.
If you wanna stay in that party then you have no choice but to fall in ranks just like the army – do as they do, etc..
I've met Lynn Jenkins before and she seems like genuinely nice person so I don't believe she is a racist or intended her remark to be racists. Of course after meeting her I didn't think she was that smart either!
Yeah right , she was looking for a bright light. How stupid do you think we are? Republicans are racist, period.
It is very funny to see how people try to safe face when cought in racial bigotry. This racist congresswoman from Kansas clearly meant what she said the first time: " We need a great white hope to counteract President Barack Obama who according to her is the great black hope". The fact is Barack Obama is the elected president of the United States of America and represents all Americans regardless of your color, creed, or religion. Stop trying to divide America ethnically!.
As treasurer she set up saving plans for minorites to pay for college. I don't think she's a racist. Unfortunately choice of words, yes. Racist, no.
I love it. The Republicans know exactly what they're doing and saying. Just putting their various comments out there acheives what they want it to and they then back track and say it was a slip of the tounge.
At best, a terrible choice of words. Will the next generation of congressmen and women realize that every word they say will make around the world in seconds? These people make an obscene amount of money; the least they can do is think before they speak.
She needs to resign immediately. No question.
I have been noticing that CNN will not post any of my comments. My comments are quite mild compared to other people's comments?????
Back to this article. The comment from this congresswomen only justifies what the republicans think and want. I should not just blame the republicans but alot of Americans feels the same way!! If you don't believe me ask my wife about certain people views from her job!
Have a nice day!!!
Jenkins' comment was quite inappropriate. For those who don't know the origin of "great white hope", please check Wikipedia. Perhaps she was thinking of Melville's "great white whale", but boy did she make a big mistake. This Congresswoman seems to be unaware of American history and the English language. At least she apologized for her "misstatement".
Brown skin people need not apply. What an idiot, we know what you meant Congreswoman. Those of us that are intelligent know what all the fuss is about anytime our Black President tries to do something to help our country.
The true meaning of this idiom is "Something or someone that is expected to succeed". However, in this country, sensitivity prevails so you have to watch your mouth lest the foot finds its way in.
Um, if you want to say we need a "bright light" or "bright new hope" then just say that!
That comment was nothing but racist.
LOL...well she's from Kansas what did you expect? I mean honestly? I love it Repubs...keep being idiots and distancing yourselves from the common man...(And minorities) keep it up.
The phrase "Great White Hope" comes from boxing, when once Jack Johnson became the first black champion, the media clamored for a white challenger who could beat him.
No need to appologize everyone knows by now what the GOP/Repubs is about....
The repugs need to shut the heck up for a few months. Every time they try anything, and I mean anything, it backfires on them. They are all showing that they are a bunch of backward racist hillbillies without a clue.
Lights??????? Oh and I have land on the Moon (wink, wink)