Kansas Congressman Says Black People Genetically Prone to Drug Abuse

He says he’s not racist though.

Kansas congressman Steve Alford has apologized after claiming that black people are genetically more inclined to become drug addicts.

“I was wrong, I regret my comments and I sincerely apologize to anyone whom I have hurt,” Alford said in a statement Monday.

“What was the reason why they did that?” Alford said. “One of the reasons why, I hate to say it, was that the African Americans, they were basically users and they basically responded the worst off to those drugs just because of their character makeup, their genetics and that.”

Studies have confirmed that his statements are not supported by fact, with many studies showing white people have a greater susceptibility to drug addiction.

He tried to justify his stance on marijuana afterwards, claiming it should still be outlawed because it is a gateway drug.

“Basically any way you say it, marijuana is an entry drug into the higher drugs,” Alford said. “What you really need to do is go back in the ’30s, when they outlawed all types of drugs in Kansas [and] across the United States.”

However, many studies show that very few marijuana users progress to more serious drugs.

He tried to clarify his comments later, saying “There are certain groups of people, their genetics, the way their makeup is, the chemicals will affect them differently,” Alford told the paper. “That’s what I should have said was drugs affect people differently instead of being more specific.”

“I think that is outrageous,” said Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau, a Democrat from Wichita, the Capital-Journal reported. “For a sitting state representative to say that, I just can’t believe it. You can’t put everybody into one category. He should be more of a statesman and get facts.”