GOP congressman calls Black people ‘colored people’ during debate on House floor

A freshman Republican member of Congress is the target of backlash after he used the term “colored people” while debating on the House floor.

Rep. Eli Crane (R-AZ) who is a member of the far-right Freedom Caucus, brought an amendment to the defense spending authorization bill that he said would prevent the consideration of “race, gender, religion, or political affiliations, or any other ideological concepts as the sole basis for recruitment, training education, promotion, or retention decisions.”

“My amendment has nothing to do with whether or not colored people, or Black people, or anybody can serve, okay?” Crane said. “It has nothing to do with the color of your skin, any of that stuff.”

As soon as he uttered the phrase, rumblings began to emanate from the Democratic side of the chamber.

Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH) then spoke up and asked to “have the words ‘colored people’ struck from the record.”

“I find it offensive, and very inappropriate,” Beatty said.

“I am asking for unanimous consent to take down the words of referring to me, or any of my colleagues, as ‘colored people,'” Beatty added.

Crane tried to change his remarks to “people of color,” but Beatty wasn’t having it.

“I asked unanimous consent, Mr. Speaker, to have the words stricken,” she said. “I didn’t ask to have the words amended.”

Crane later issued a statement to Insider, saying he “misspoke” during a “heated” debate.

“Every one of us is made in the image of God and created equal,” he said.

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