Alabama St. Sen. Scott Beason: Blacks are "Aborigines"

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

An Alabama lawmaker is apologizing after being caught on undercover audio tape calling blacks "aborigines." St. Sen. Scott Beason knew he was being recorded -- he was the one wearing a wire for the FBI.

The Daily Mail reports that the Bureau recruited Beason to assist in an investigation into claims that people in the gambling business were bribing lawmakers to get video poker legalized in the state. The trial is going on right now, and recently a tape was played of Beason talking with two other legislators about the predominantly black customers of a local casino.

"That's y'all's Indians," one of the said.

"They're aborigines, but they're not Indians," Beason replied.

Calling his comment "careless and unnecessary," Beason apologized on Tuesday.

"Our purpose today is to say that I am very sorry and I apologize to anyone whose feelings were hurt by my comment. As I have stated before, I do not know where that word came from or why it popped in my head that day."

Here is his full statement: