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Old 04-11-2013, 11:44 PM  
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Kansas! Gile drops 'n'-word at meeting

http://www.salina.com/news/Gile2013-04-06T04-27-33

Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile said it was a "bad choice of words" Tuesday when he used the expression "****er-rigging it" in a heated discussion with Commissioner John Price.

Gile, 68, who is serving his first term after taking office in January, used the phrase during a discussion about whether to hire an architect to design repairs to the county's Road and Bridge Department building.

In a recording made by County Clerk Don Merriman of the study session, Gile, who is white, can be heard to say the county needed to hire an architect to design the improvements rather than "****er-rigging it."

His comment brought laughter from others in the room. Salinan Ray Hruska, who attends most commission meetings and study sessions, asked Gile what he said.

"Afro-Americanized," Gile replied.

"He's like that congressman from Alaska," Commission Chairman Randy Duncan can be heard to say of Gile's comment.

Duncan was referring to Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who in a recent radio interview called Latino ranch workers at his father's farm "person of Hispanic heritages."

Gile said Friday that he meant to say "jury-rigged."

"I had it (jury-rigged) on my brain and this came out," Gile said. "It was a bad choice of words. I'm sorry."

It is 'unfortunate'

The Rev. Allen Smith, pastor at St. John's Missionary Baptist Church, said Gile's statement is "an offensive slur" but not something Gile meant to say.

"Some people grew up saying it, which is unfortunate," said Smith, who is black. "They grew up in that environment and sometimes they subconsciously say something. It is not a politically correct statement. It wasn't then and is even less now."

Smith said Duncan's comment seems like an attempt to justify Gile's comment without saying anything -- even if that wasn't his intention.

Not meant to offend

Duncan said Friday that Gile's choice of words was not intended to offend anyone.

"Knowing Jim Gile as I do, there is not a racist bone in his body," he said. "He would give the shirt off his back to help anyone, no matter their race or status."

Duncan said the comment was language used when Gile was younger that is no longer used.

"He didn't mean anything by it," he said.

Commissioner John Price declined comment.

I'm not prejudiced

Gile said he grew up around the term, but it is something he shouldn't have used.

"I am not a prejudiced person," Gile said Friday. "I have built Habitat homes for colored people."

Gile said he also has a close friend whom he regards as a sister who is black.

"I don't ever do anything bad and don't know how to do anything bad. People know I am not," he said.

In addition to building Habitat homes, Gile has been involved with CAPS, DVACK, the Food Bank, Salvation Army and Salina Rescue Mission, and he helped start Hunger Barrel, Souper Bowl and Project Salina.

In 1989, Gile was awarded the JC Penney Golden Rule award for his volunteer work and he was given the Salina Award for Outstanding Citizen in 2009.

Respect the apology

Smith said comments like Gile's show that a person may be thinking the phrase but not saying it. He said he is glad Gile recognizes the statement was wrong.

"We have to recognize that terms were used in the past that are of a sensitive nature," Smith said. "This shows we are not where we need to be, which is unfortunate. I respect him for the apology. I'm glad he is honest enough to admit it. It was a poor choice of words and statements."

"When any public official or sports commentator makes a statement like this, they have to understand the culture of the environment we live in now," Smith said. "In some cases, it undoes the progress or affirms what people think a person is thinking. There needs to be more effort to be sensitive to the different backgrounds of people in the city."

-- Reporter Chris Hunter can be reached at 822-1422 or by email at chunter@salina.com.
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:48 PM   #2
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:54 PM   #3
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Old 04-11-2013, 11:57 PM   #4
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:16 AM   #5
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:41 AM   #6
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Maybe he meant to say Nagger-rigged and made pronunciation error???
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:52 AM   #7
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Maybe he meant to say Nagger-rigged and made pronunciation error???
If he wasn't white, he could get away with that.
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Old 04-12-2013, 01:06 AM   #8
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He should be tortured and executed so as to make an example to all other whites.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:44 AM   #10
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:59 AM   #11
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:18 AM   #12
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Is n-rigging really racist though? It's a slang term for building something.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:28 AM   #13
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Is n-rigging really racist though? It's a slang term for building something.
Sort of. Its a slang term for not building something the right way, just slapping it together. Since its typically meant in a derogatory way Id say yes it is racist.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:39 AM   #14
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He made it even worse with his response:
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Because that makes it explicit that he's saying that people of color don't build stuff worth a shit. That takes away the excuse of it being just an idiom separated from its roots.
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:42 AM   #15
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