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Okla lawmaker delivers apology for comments

May 2, 2011 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican state lawmaker who denigrated blacks and women during debate last week in the House of Representatives has delivered a tearful apology on the House floor.

Fighting back tears, Rep. Sally Kern said Monday her “poor choice of words were hurtful and offensive to many.” The Oklahoma City Republican says she asked House Speaker Kris Steele for the opportunity to apologize on the House floor.

During debate last week over a proposal to end affirmative action in Oklahoma, Kern questioned whether there were disproportionately high numbers of blacks in state prisons because “they didn’t want to work hard in school.”

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Kern also said women don’t work as hard as men because they “tend to think a little bit more about their families.”