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Ohio Legislator Who Questioned Black Hygiene To Lead Health Panel

Added 01-22-21 12:16:03pm EST - “Sen. Stephen Huffman was appointed to the state's Senate Health Committee despite questioning whether "the colored population" was disproportionately con...” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Ohio Legislator Who Questioned Black Hygiene To Lead Health Panel”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Republican lawmaker and doctor who questioned whether members of “the colored population” were disproportionately contracting the coronavirus because of their hygiene is drawing new criticism from Black lawmakers after his appointment to lead the state Senate Health Committee.

“Could it just be that African Americans – or the colored population — do not wash their hands as well as other groups? Or wear masks? Or do not socially distance themselves?” state Sen. Stephen Huffman asked a Black health expert in June 11 testimony. “Could that just be the explanation of why there’s a higher incidence?”

The comments resulted in calls from Democrats and the ACLU of Ohio for him to resign from the GOP-controlled Senate.

Huffman, of Tipp City, was appointed last week by Senate President Matt Huffman, his cousin, to chair the committee even after he was fired from his job as a Dayton-area emergency room physician for his comments.

In a letter Wednesday, the Ohio Black Legislative Caucus demanded a health committee leader who understands and can respond to the inequities of healthcare in Ohio “without political influence.”

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