Indiana representative Jim Lucas is called to resign after a Facebook race with a black surgeon

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An Indiana state representative has been convicted of ‘racist’ remarks he made to a black orthopedic surgeon in Texas after telling the doctor that slavery was the ‘way of humanity’ before wondering if he had any ‘minority grants’ had to get through school.

James Carson, based in Houston, Texas, had responded to a March 23 message on Rep. Jim Lucas (R-IN) with an interview defending the 2nd Amendment.

Soon, the two got into a tense debate, with Carson commenting on the constitution’s origins.

Dr. James Carson

Representative Jim Lucas

Representative Jim Lucas

Houston, Texas-based James Carson had responded to a March 23 message on Rep. Jim Lucas (R-IN) Facebook page with an interview defending the 2nd Amendment

‘You know the constitution was written with people like me as slaves without rights. Is that how it should be interpreted? Carson asked:

The Seymour politician replied, “The first slave owner in America was black, blacks imprisoned and sold blacks into slaves. Slavery is despicable and repugnant, but it has, and tragically is, a way of mankind. ‘

Lucas would then use a quote from Frederick Douglas to support his argument, only the passage was from the abolitionists’ speech mocking Dred Scott’s historically controversial decision.

The two continued to go back and forth in their exchange, with Lucas drawing his attention to how Carson got through training to become a doctor.

Soon, the two got into a tense debate, with Carson commenting on the constitution's origins

Soon, the two got into a tense debate, with Carson commenting on the constitution's origins

Soon, the two got into a tense debate, with Carson commenting on the constitution’s origins

“You say you are a surgeon, congratulations on your achievement. Did you receive a scholarship or financial aid because of your skin color? Are there scholarships for minorities? ‘

Carson quickly informed the politician that not only was he a valedictorian from high school, but he was also attending honors college.

“Do you have any questions or do you want to discuss the constitution?” he asked Lucas.

When reached by Indystar, Carson claimed the exchange was racist in nature.

“Without a doubt, not even slightly disguised, it’s quite clearly racist to me,” Carson stated. “ The fact that he would even suggest that I got through school where I am in life just because of my race doesn’t even do him a good job of hiding it. ”

The two continued to go back and forth in their exchange, with Lucas drawing his attention to how Carson got through training to become a doctor.

The two continued to go back and forth in their exchange, with Lucas drawing his attention to how Carson got through training to become a doctor.

The two continued to go back and forth in their exchange, with Lucas drawing his attention to how Carson got through training to become a doctor.

Carson quickly informed the politician that not only was he a valedictorian from high school, but that he was also attending honors college

Carson quickly informed the politician that not only was he a valedictorian from high school, but that he was also attending honors college

Carson quickly informed the politician that not only was he a valedictorian from high school, but that he was also attending honors college

Lucas claimed his post was not racist, but factual.

“Slavery still exists in many countries, and it is awful. Slavery is awful, it is awful. Racism is despicable and despicable, ”said Lucas. “And the people who continue to divide by merely arming the charge of racism are mean and hideous and despicable.”

The Republican also claimed that by asking whether Carson had received minority scholarships, he wanted to draw attention to “ reverse discrimination ” that exists when scholarships are given to marginalized and underrepresented groups.

“There is a double standard when it comes to these allegations of racism,” Lucas said. ‘As far as I know, there are no scholarships available for whites based on their skin color.’

According to Joseph Lennis Tucker Edmonds, assistant professor of African studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), there were admittedly few owners of black slaves.  He also said that these slave owners did not practice the same form of slavery as their white counterparts

According to Joseph Lennis Tucker Edmonds, assistant professor of African studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), there were admittedly few owners of black slaves.  He also said that these slave owners did not practice the same form of slavery as their white counterparts

According to Joseph Lennis Tucker Edmonds, assistant professor of African studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), there were admittedly few owners of black slaves. He also said that these slave owners did not practice the same form of slavery as their white counterparts

Scholars familiar with the history of slavery in the United States feel that Luke’s sentiments about black people owning slaves are a misinterpretation of the relationship they had at the time.

According to Joseph Lennis Tucker Edmonds, assistant professor of African studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), there were admittedly few owners of black slaves. He also said that these slave owners did not practice the same form of slavery as their white counterparts.

“On the face of it, it’s imprecise and tries to deny the link between white racism and white supremacy and slavery,” Edmonds said. “If that is the purpose of denying that slavery and slavery in this country is based on white racism and white supremacy, then that is a very problematic, inflammatory and most likely racial divisive comment.”

The IndyStar reports that Lucas has a long history of making troubling comments, with calls from the NAACP’s Indiana State Conference to resign.

The Republican posted a meme of a woman in the trunk of a car in 2016, along with the caption, “ Want to know who loves you more: your wife or your dog? Lock them both up in your trunk and see who’s happy to see you when you release them. ‘

In January 2017, Lucas was slammed after posting another Facebook message in response to the Women’s March that took place the day after the inauguration.

He would delete both messages and apologize after criticism from the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

In May 202, Lucas used a photo of dancing black kids and the words ‘We gon’ get free money! to show his opposition to federal bailouts. He would later claim that he found the picture of the children dancing in a meme generator, and eventually replaced it with a picture of himself, but kept the words.

Lucas was removed from two committees by House Speaker Huston last year after making controversial Facebook posts.

And on Twitter, the #LucasMustGo has become the norm as people call for him to step down.