Farouk Shami Talks White People and 9/11

Democratic candidate for Governor Farouk Shami  greets visitors at an evening meet and greet at the Celestial Room in downtown McAllen, TX.
Democratic candidate for Governor Farouk Shami greets visitors at an evening meet and greet at the Celestial Room in downtown McAllen, TX.

A short while ago, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Farouk Shami accused his opponent, Bill White, of being racist for mentioning in an ad that he (White) was born in San Antonio. Well, shoe, prepare to meet the other foot.

At a recent debate Shami scored a memorable line when he said, "A day without Mexicans would be like a day without sunshine." Today in an interview, WFAA's Brad Watson followed up, asking Shami if employers should be forced to use an E-verify system to check the immigration status of their employees.  Shami answered that most of his employees were Hispanic because, as he said, "I don't find many white people really willing to work."

When The Dallas Morning News' Gromer Jeffers asked him to elaborate, Shami said, "A majority of the people are going to be Hispanic and African-American. You don't find white people who are willing to work in factories. And our history proves, you know, lots of time when they, you know, the white people come to work in a factory they either want to be supervisors or they want to be, you know, paid more than the average person. And unfortunately they exit.”

But wait, there's more.

Shami was asked about GOP candidate Debra Medina's recent 9/11 "truther" dust-up, in which Medina appeared on Glenn Beck's radio show and failed to deny that the U.S. government might have been involved in the infamous terrorist attacks. Despite all the political backlash Medina experienced, Shami decided to take the road already traveled.

“I'm not sure," he said. "I am not going to really judge or answer about something I'm not really sure about. But the rumors are there that there was a conspiracy. True or not? It's hard to believe, you know, what happened. It's really hard to comprehend what happened. Maybe. I'm not sure.”

Add to that this tidbit: Shami also said, "Look, we still don't know who killed John F. Kennedy."

Here's the video:

 

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