Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) has been in hot water for making a remark about "men not working" in "inner cities" during a radio show at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last week.
"We have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities in particular of men not working, and just generations of men not even thinking about working and learning the value and culture of work," Rep Ryan said, reported RawStory.com (video below).
Rep. Ryan later claimed his statement was "inarticulate." However, a black voter confronted Rep. Ryan at a town hall in Racine, Wis. this week, noted TalkingPointsMemo.com (video below).
"The next day you said that statement was inarticulate. Well, I don’t believe that. You said what you meant," said Alfonso Gardner. "Fine. Bottom line is this: this statement was not true."
Gardner also claimed that "inner city" is a code word for "black."
"Everybody works," Gardner stated. "You got here in a car or a truck or something. Somebody from the inner city helped make that."
Rep. Ryan insisted that he was not referring to race.
"This is not a race thing," claimed Rep. Ryan. "It's just a poor thing. Poverty knows no racial boundaries. That’s the issue I’m trying to get at, which is we have to rethink our war on poverty and our programs so that it always pays to work. Because we have these incentives to people not to work. I get it. You don’t know me, so you don’t know who I really am. Race has nothing to do with this."