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Hagan accused of racial slam on Facebook

Published: Sat, February 19, 2011 @ 10:49 p.m.


A Broadview Heights woman is accusing state Rep. Robert F. Hagan of using a term that some believe has a racist connotation on a social networking site.

Hagan, D-60th, of Youngstown, used the term “buckwheat” in a

Facebook posting Saturday.

He said the posting wasn’t racist, and the attack on him is the tea party’s attempt to make him look bad.

“I have a history of supporting equal rights and civil rights,” Hagan said.

The Facebook discussion started between Hagan and Maggi Cook, of Southwest Ohio, regarding Wisconsin Senate Democrats not showing up at their Statehouse because of their governor’s attempts to remove collective bargaining rights and cut benefits for public workers.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich has proposed similar cuts.

Hagan opposes the cuts.

Rachel Mullen Manias, a GOP activist from Broadview Heights, outside Cleveland; a man named Kevin Crowther and others joined the discussion.

The discussion continues, with Manias, Cook and Crowther, who is black, arguing for the need for cuts and Hagan against what’s bee n proposed.

Manias then wrote, “I’m guessing your (sic) from an entrenched area ripe with corruption. I don’t recognize your name as a Cuyahoga County resident, but I’m guessing you’re from the land of Traficant...”

Hagan responds that she’s not making sense. Two others comment and then Crowther returns to the discussion of public unions.

Then Hagan writes, “I ran against Traficant buckwheat ... so take your personal shots, and shove them where the sun don’t shine.”

Hagan said “buckwheat” is a term he’s been using since he was a kid and that it carries no racial connotation for him.

He said he wasn’t aware of the race of any of the people involved in the discussion and that his comment was directed at Manias, not Crowther.

Manias, who e-mailed the discussion to The Vindicator, believes the word is inappropriate in any case.

“I find it completely unacceptable that a career politician finds the word ‘Buckwheat’ to be socially acceptable and appropriate in any situation,” Manias said in an e-mail.

For the complete story, read Sunday's Vindicator or Vindy.com.


1ElPolloRetrasado(207 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Seriously?!?! Why is this a story? This woman needs to be put away for stupidity!

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2donadott(4 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

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3Tigerlily(509 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

And where is the video of Kasich calling a police officer an idiot for doing his job?

Please, Vindy, I don't agree with racist-oriented remarks such as Mr. Hagan's, but surely you are showing your butt in terms of who you favor with your various selections and highlights.

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4Askmeificare(803 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I'm not a big Hagan fan, but the comment was not racist.

Thanks to Manias, Cook and Crowthers the world now has definite proof that there is no shortage of stupid.

I read the facebook pages and it seemed to me that Manias, Cook and Crowthers had the email attention of a Senator and Manias, Cook and Crowthers didn't have the maturity to intelligently communicate during the facebook session. Hence, the three fired at him rudely and moronically.

Facebook debates:

Hagan - 1

Manias - 0
Cook - 0
Crowther - 0

Case closed.
Next case please.

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5RFederer(116 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I see all the white people have bellied up to the racist bar to tell everyone that Buckwheat isn't a racist word. Of course it is. Hagan loves all colors of people, especially when it's time to vote.

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6Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago


"I see all the white people have bellied up to the racist bar to tell everyone that Buckwheat isn't a racist word. Of course it is."

But it's okay for Corey Poitier (who by the way is black) to say:
“Listen up, Buckwheat — this is not how it is done!”
to Obama. So it's not racist if a black says it, but it is when a white does?
Just like the n-word, huh?
Their are way more things to worry about in today's society then someone saying "Buckwheat", especially when you don't even know the race of the person your debating with.

And by the way I can't stand the idiot Hagan.

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7Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago



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8candystriper(575 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

After Bob decides to heavily tax and regulate Facebook he will be the first to drop out ... same day Zuckerberg turns it into a paid site.

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9Time2Take(13 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

And I wish cotton was a monkey! Let's see if you be axk me, we habe white history month, the white panthers, miss white america contest, white entertainment network, white knights polch forcs. Sew eye gess theemm whit folk are all raciest. Hurray for Hagan!

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