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Thursday, April 28, 2011
After Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, argued against the measure partly because one in four black males are in prison or on some type of probation, Kern said, “Is this just because they're black that they're in prison or could it be because they didn't want to work hard in school?It's hard to argue with this kind of logic. One does have to wonder whether or not Representative Kern actually meant what she was saying or rather just providing fodder for The Onion. One way or another, it's just more bad press about Oklahoma that we just don't need.
“I taught school for 20 years and I saw a lot of people of color who didn't want to work as hard,” she said, reading from notes. “They wanted it given to them.”
Kern said she didn't worry about equal pay during her career. She said some studies show women are underpaid, but when actual hours worked and work hazards are factored in, women earn more than men.
“Women don't want to work as hard as a man,” Kern said. “Women tend to think about spending more time with their families.
“I'm not saying women don't work hard,” she said. “Women like to have a moderate work life with plenty of time for spouse and children and other things like that. They work very hard but sometimes they don't want to commit their whole life to their job like a lot of men do.”