An 8 Yr Old Black Tennessee Child With Something to Say Is a "Prop" to Rabid Republican State Senator
Video Shows ‘Starve The Children’ Lawmaker Snubbing Little Girl, Calling Her A ‘Prop’
The professionally produced video from the Tennessean, as shown in a previous AI article, is easy on the eyes, and tells a charming tale of a spirited little girl telling Truth to Power. Patton’s homespun effort, on the other hand, reveals the darker story of a lawmaker who pushes senselessly cruel and discriminatory legislation, who refuses to face the people he’s hurting, and who has no problem with brutally snubbing a little girl who’s scared that her family won’t have enough to eat or be able to keep the lights on. It definitely puts the “raw” in “raw footage,” and catches a lot of stuff the Tennessean‘s camera crew missed. Patton also helpfully added some captions to help viewers follow the proceedings.
The excruciating four minutes and twenty six seconds begins as people file out from a meeting in Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey’s office, trailed by Ramsey and Campfield. Off-screen, a woman chimes in a overly-cheery, lilting voice, “Look, someone wants to talk to you.” It’s not clear whether she’s addressing Campfield, or the little girl that roared. Campfield immediately gets his b*tch on, pats eight-year-old Aamira Fetuga on the head, and snarks, “Hey, thanks for coming to school today.” As the woman declares, “She’s got something to give to you,” Fetuga hands him a petition protesting SB 132.
“Thank you! I LOVE it when people use children as props!”
Other highlights include:
- When Fetuga pleaded,”I’m worried about the lights getting cut off,” the lawmaker chirped, “Well that won’t happen as long as you have a DECENT PARENT.”
- When a man chided the state senator, “I’m ashamed of what you’ve been doing, I want you to know that,” Campfield turned on him and snarled, “Dude, you’re a union thug! I know exactly what you are.”
- When a woman identified as K. Chambers on the video objected that Campfield called Fetuga a “prop” again, the state senator triumphantly crowed, “PROP!” like a bully on a playground.
- When a woman identified as R. Fetuga on the video pointed out, “He is a foolish man. He doesn’t like black people or poor people,” Campfield had nothing to say for himself. This writer suspects he didn’t like hearing the truth.
As explained by my AI colleague, Stephen D. Foster, Jr., SB 132 would have tied welfare payments to grades, by cutting Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) by up to 30% when children don’t perform well in school. To be exempt from these cuts, the parents would need to jump through all sorts of hoops, including attending conferences, taking an eight-hour parenting class, and — if necessary — hiring a tutor or putting the child in summer school.
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