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RACISM: Black on Yellow

Don’t vote for the ching-chong!’

Rep. Stephanie Chang, Rep. Bettie Cook Scott. - MICHIGAN HOUSE

Stephanie  Chang and Bettie Scott were running in the Democratic primary for state Sen. District 1.  Ms. Chang won the election with 49 percent of the vote; Scott came in third with 11 percent of the vote.

Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) has apologized for a series of racial slurs sources say she used to describe her primary election opponent, Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit).   Scott is alleged to have referred to Chang as “ching-chang” and “the ching-chong” to multiple voters outside polling precincts during last Tuesday’s election. She’s also said to have called one of Chang’s campaign volunteers an “immigrant,” saying “you don’t belong here” and “I want you out of my country.”

The various off-color remarks were heard by multiple people connected with Chang, including Chang’s husband, who spoke with Metro Times. Sean Gray says after overhearing Cook disparage Chang outside a precinct on the east side of Detroit, “I … asked her not to speak about my wife in that manner. At that time she said to the voter that ‘these immigrants from China are coming over and taking our community from us.’ Further, she said it ‘disgusts her seeing black people holding signs for these Asians and not supporting their own people.'”

Gray, who is black, says Scott then went on to call him a “fool” for marrying Chang..

 

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