Alabama State Representative: Shop “American owned” only

Alan Harper is a State Representative in Alabama.  He is making the blog today because of this blatantly xenophobic Facebook post:

Alan Harper

To summarize: Representative Harper wants you to only shop at “American owned” stores to “purchase has and other items.”  Why?  Because non-American owned shops are “owned by folks that send their profits back to their homeland and then in turn use these funds against our country to create turmoil, fear and in some cases death and destruction.”

Wowzers.

As you can imagine, Representative Harper’s comments have come under attack from Democrats and the people at whom they were directed. What is more interesting is that the comments have also been denounced by the Alabama Republican Party.  In a statement, Terry Lathan, Chair of the Alabama Republican Party, called the statement divisive:

“The comments recently made by State Representative Alan Harper on his Facebook page referencing the racial profiles of American business owners are very concerning. Mr. Harper is certainly welcome to his own personal opinion on any topic, but his statements absolutely do not represent the views of the Republican Party.”

His comments in no way, shape, or form reflect the values of the national or state party. Our nation has seen too much divisiveness on racial issues which only puts a wedge between our citizens.”

As of yet, Representative Harper has not elaborated on his comments aside form an additional Facebook post:

“God bless each and everyone and God Bless America! Isn’t it funny when things are taken out of context. Please buy American every chance you get to build our local economies…where we know the revenues stay here in the good old United States of America! May God Bless!”

I’m not quite sure what “context” the Representative was referring to here…except the blatantly racist one.

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