Sanders' comments cause stir

Posted by Samuel King - bio | email

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Senator Hank Sanders of Selma says a vote for Republicans would mean a return to the days of Jim Crow.  Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Robert Bentley wants Sanders to apologize for the ads, but Sanders is standing his ground.

Sanders made the comments in what's called a robocall, paid for by the Alabama New South Coalition.

"I say hell no, I ain't going back to the cotton fields of Jim Crow days," Sanders said in the call. "I'm going forward with Ron Sparks, Jim Folsom and others who will do right by all of us."

The state Republican Party called the comments race baiting at its worst.  Sanders responded in a phone interview.

"It's not a personal attack on Dr. Bentley or anyone," Sen. Sanders said.  "It's not a personal attack.   I'm concerned about the meanness you keep running into every time you turn on the TV."

Robert Bentley denounced the ads.

"I don't want to go back to the old days when people disliked each other and didn't care about each other, when race really was an issue, Bentley said.  "I know that race will always be somewhat of an issue, but we've made so much progress, we don't need to go back."

Bentley is also calling on Ron Sparks to denounce the comments.  The Associated Press asked Sparks about the robocalls.  He said, "If you believe there is not racism in this state, then you are not living in the same state I'm living in."

Sanders said he has no intention of apologizing.

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