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Kansas GOP Official Apologizes For “N!gger Rigging” Comment

A Republican county commissioner says he won’t resign over racist remarks he made during a public meeting last week.jim gile kansas

Saline County Commissioner Jim Gile (R) used the term “n!gger rigging” when discussing hiring an architect to work on a local building. Although Gile has apologized, he refuses to leave his position.

From the Salina Journal:

In a recording made by County Clerk Don Merriman of the study session, Gile, who is white, can be heard to say the county needed to hire an architect to design the improvements rather than “n!gger-rigging it.”

His comment brought laughter from others in the room. Salinan Ray Hruska, who attends most commission meetings and study sessions, asked Gile what he said.

“Afro-Americanized,” Gile replied.

“He’s like that congressman from Alaska,” Commission Chairman Randy Duncan can be heard to say of Gile’s comment.

Gile says that he made a mistake when he used the term and intended to say “jury-rigged”, which makes even less sense because “jury rigged” has a totally different meaning than “n!gger rigged.”

“I am not a prejudiced person,” Gile told the Salina Journal. “I have built Habitat homes for colored people.”

Gile apologized for his comment prior to a Tuesday commission meeting. Understandably, Democrats in the area are questioning on whether Gile should resign from office.

Kansas Democratic Party spokesman Dakota Loomis thinks that Gile may not be fit to serve. .

“It’s shocking in this day and age that he would use this type of language and find it to be such a non-issue,” Loomis said. “He needs to take a real hard look at how he represents the people in Saline County. This demonstrates a complete and utter lack of awareness. It calls into question his fitness to serve.”




124 Responses to Kansas GOP Official Apologizes For “N!gger Rigging” Comment

  1. bernice

    April 12, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    White people know us better than we know ourselves. Most of the history that we have learned belong to Africa. Not to Europeans. There is no white history. The only history that they have of themselves was living on caves in europe. They have stolen your history and your minds. Their jobs now is to keep you off balance. You are never to know that you are superior. They are people who needed a past. If they steal yours, and not tell you then you will thnk that they are your superiors and you will always worship them instead of yourselves. Learn your history. It is all over the place.

  2. Liz Briscoe Wilson

    April 12, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Mr Giles should resign because he is living in the past when it was acceptable to say and use this terminology, before the Civil Rights movement. He can not represent the property owners in Salina, and I am one of them because he still sees us as inferior. He thinks we, African Americans are inferior and sees “nigger” & African American as the same. Would he vote to hire an African American engineer, architect, contractor or owner of any African American business? I don’t think so. He is living in the past and can’t function in the 21st century because of his outdated thinking. He is prehistoric. Mr. Robert Caldwell, an African American served as an educator and public official. His name is on a plaque outside the room, Mr. Giles was sitting in when he made this remark. Mr. Giles is a disgrace and a relic of the past. He should resign, all the people can be represented, “colored” as he refers to them pay taxes too. I do and I am an African American who grew up in Salina.

  3. J.D. Hill

    April 12, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Commissioner Jim Gile does not need to be on the public payroll – not because he made a racial slur, but because he’s lying and trying to cover it up!
    We all say dunce-like things and make stupid mistakes. But when we commence to tell one bad lie after another to hide our wrongdoing, that’s bad character!
    Even the Lord accepts repentance accompanied by confession. But if there is no repentance, them He nor we are obliged to forgive.

  4. Buckwheat

    April 12, 2013 at 11:15 am

    In most racist white strata social circles, “nigger-rigging” is totally acceptable!!!!!!

  5. fred-5399

    April 12, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Could have been worse he could have said “jew me” Wonder why more black folks don’t vote GOP?

  6. Ruby from NJ

    April 11, 2013 at 11:56 am

    Of course, County Commissioner Jim Gile is “not a racist.” All racists say that. Listen to his words. He uses “nigger-rigging” and “colored” when referring to African Americans. Clearly he is behind the times and definitely should resign. His words were not accidental, nor were they said in the context of a joke;he wanted to get those words out there. And notice, HE DID NOT APOLOGIZE.

    • me112233

      April 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm

      Ruby, I think you are being a bit unfair. Looking at the man’s picture, I can tell he grew up in the 1950′s and probably graduated high school in the early 1960′s When I was a little kid in the 1960′s, the “politically correct” term for a person of predominately negroid genetic makeup was “colored” (the term “black” started to gain preference in the early 1970′s). It had been that way for a while — hence the name National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. If it is considered acceptable for those with negroid genetic makeup who actually run the NAACP to refer to themselves as “colored” to this very day, then it is horribly disingenuous for “colored” folks to dis on some old white dude for using that term — the term he was taught was proper when he was growing up in the 1950′s.

      As for the nigger-rigged comment; be honest people — the term “nigger-rigged” has been used for a LONG LONG time, and most often used in a manner and way such that few people actually think of it as a prejoritive term, despite the fact that the term contains the word nigger. It’s sort of like when we say “that sucks.” If you stop and think of that term, its origin goes back to a particular sex act commonly performed by heterosexual women and homosexual men; but the term has been used so much in so many applications and settings, that the use of the term is NOT generally associated with the sex act and virtually nobody takes offense when “that sucks” is said in polite company (though substituting the s with an f is still considered improper in most social circles).

      I get it. You, and most colored, black, negro, and African-American people enjoy making Mr. Whitey dance when he fails to use the latest and greatest PC term to refer to people with prominent negroid genetic characteristics; heck, you enjoy watching Mr. Whitey dance no matter why he is on the hot seat. Mighty two-faced of you, given that a lot of black folks use the n-word on a regular basis, and they are actually using the n-word in its original context — to refer to a person of predominantly negroid genetics. It is time to let the petty stuff go, clean up your own houses, then focus on REAL cases of racism and prejudice out there. Getting all up in white people’s faces every time some technical and clearly unintentional foul is committed is rediculous, and only serves to cause Mr. Whitey to have a lesser overall opinion of colored people, while accomplishing nothing of real benefit.

    • Tella

      April 14, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Ruby of NJ, I agree with you 100%!Ijust want to add that Negro/Colored/Black/African American people need to stop using a double standard with the “N”word.”I am a “Black”woman who sometimes uses the term “nigger rigging”when talking with close black friends,when refering to something that is done hapharzardly. No doubt,Jim Gile used the term within the same context as I do. His only “crime” is that he is a white public official, using a term that has the ‘N’ word in it. The truth of the matter is,had he use those same words,within the same context, nothing would’ve been said or done about it, if he was black. If we(Black folk) are NOT Ni–ers,why must we let the “N” word upset us? Furthermore,I think it’s down right,hypercitical of black people to speak out against the use of the “N” word by non-black people, but remain silent when we call ourselves the “ni–ers. More than anything, we need to fight against the double-standard.

  7. Mike

    April 11, 2013 at 8:57 am


    jim.gile@saline.org Phone (785) 309-5825 Cell (785) 827-7356

  8. Fig Newton

    April 11, 2013 at 5:41 am

    This guy is a liar and a conniver. He is going to say nigger rigging and then clarify it by saying Afro-American and then attempt to say that he was saying something else with rigging. He should not be allowed to maintain his position where he represents the same niggers that he does not want to have the rigging job. He is prejudiced and calls for discrimination in job selection. Get him out of there as soon as possible and by any means necessary.

  9. Mi-chiNY

    April 11, 2013 at 5:10 am

    What about when Black people were not calling each other the “N” word back in the day. Racist white people would call us that no matter what, even if we didn’t call each other that! I read a few people up here saying maybe if we stop calling each other the “N” word it would fade, that is completely untrue, and stupid!! And besides we can call each other that, not some outside racist white person. When it comes down to a racist white person, they will call us that no matter what, no doubt!!

  10. Big Papa

    April 11, 2013 at 1:53 am

    Why should he resign? As long as our young Brothers and Sisters continue to use the term, NIGGER, why can’t the rest of none blacks use it private or publically even socially? what Up My Nigga?! Most all of the rappers use it in concert or during interviews without any reservation. so, when this white republican use it, don’t become upset and cry foul! We as a Black Folk, need to address our own issues before we point and say that non blacks cannot use the term Nigga or NIGGER! Stop complaining about the “N” word. Pull up our pants and clean our own kitchen first!

    • storm

      April 11, 2013 at 2:22 am

      I’m in my 60′s and when I was young and someone called you the “N” word, those were fighting words, the old white guy sees’s no wrong because that’s the way they talk when we or anyone with a social concience isn’t in the room, that the real him

    • Maliki

      April 11, 2013 at 12:33 pm


  11. Sandra

    April 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I am as disturbed by the the use of “colored people”. Were they Indian, Asian, Iranian, White etc..?

  12. Bobby G

    April 10, 2013 at 11:21 pm

    The term “nigger rig” actually has nothing to
    do with a racial slut. It is derived from the
    term niggardly, meaning cheap or poorly constructed. The A hole intentionally said
    what he meant to say by clarifying the use of
    Afro Americanize. He should be fired! and his
    ass kicked on the way out!

  13. Bob

    April 10, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    “I am not a prejudiced person,” Gile told the Salina Journal. “I have built Habitat homes for colored people.”

    No Kidding.

    America built a whole institution of Slavery for colored people.

    No you don’t be prejudiced Mister Giles.

    You tell ‘em buddy!

  14. hiroader2

    April 10, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    LOL… Backhander apologies are popular these days… How many “homes for COLOREDS” was that again?.. Slip of the tongue like that makes you wonder about the county commissions money management…

  15. Kenneth Morrow

    April 10, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    These inbred bastards really believe they can say what they want and then say Im’m sorry and that will make it OK. I remember when Rick “Santitorium” said the N word in LaCrosse, Wis. and denied saying it, when he was caught on tape. He thought he was far enough North that his comment wouldn’t be noticed. But he forgot, WE ARE EVERYWHERE. So he’s saying he’s sorry don’t cut it. He knew what he said and it wasn’t a mistake.

  16. Benjamin

    April 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    Typical Kansas redneck. I will not apologize for calling this idiot a redneck.

  17. Eunice Fletcher

    April 10, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Jim Giles’ knowledge of history must be very limited. Has he forgotten that African-American slaves built the initial buildings in this nation at a time when the labor was MANUEL and FREE? Also the initial wealth of this nation was the results of SLAVE labor of which they benefitted and the slaves were left with only the clothing on their backs and they were RAGS. We will continue hear these comments with apologies until we form a joint effort to file For REPARATIONS. They have paid and are paying everyone but the people who made this nation what it is today. Arnetta

  18. Elizabeth

    April 10, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    And the “HATE” continues. It’s the American way. Unfortunately a day of reckoning is coming and right soon.

  19. Ana

    April 10, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Maybe when we stop calling ourselves that word it will fade from the language.

    • Scotty

      April 10, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Now you don’t really believe that do you? Seriously.

  20. Eug

    April 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    White Klansman Democrat Sen. Byrd said “white n*gger” and not one democrate Black or white said a thing!

    • Scotty

      April 10, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Do you think Black people are really that simple minded to fall for this poor excuse of an excuse for racism. #deflection #takepersonalresponsibilityforyouractions

  21. Sahj Kaya

    April 10, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks…….yall strain at a gnat and swallow a camel, not that complex, when your heart is full of malice it overflows right out of your mouth….he needs to be excused to volunteer some where the NEGUS community assistance( NEGUS sounds like the word he used but it MEANs, KING). just a little history for those who want to grow out of being haters confused thru misunderstanding, n choose enlightenment respect, love, understanding and honor for humanity…..mmmmm

  22. Ann G.

    April 10, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    It truly does not surprise me due to the fact that most old White men in office today are racist. You just might say they are “Old red-neck” schooled! It is too late for them to change their spots but those with a lot more brains should vote his butt out, as a matter of fact, he should step down. Until these old farts die, certain words will always be around. But we as Black people can start by dropping that word from our own vocabulary it tears me up each time I hear it in music, or hear a young black woman/man saying it. our forefathers paid the dues for us so we would not have to hear that word and our dumb young people and the rappers are clueless!

  23. Prinzez

    April 10, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    He said something out loud that he always wanted to say. I think he feels better now. He meant just what he said. But, they are allowed to get away with this kind of stuff. IGNRANT FOLK THEY ARE. JUST IGNORANT.

  24. Seemespeek

    April 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    I let know-one and I mean know-one call me a nigger Black or White family friend or foe. I’m a Black man African by ancestry American by Heritage. I AIN’T NO NIGGER.

  25. Lucy

    April 10, 2013 at 6:51 pm

    Someone NEEDS to tell Dr. Carson, as he supports the GOP/TEA BAGS. This guy here is the poster Boy for Hate & Racism. Kansas is still a horrible place to live, as it is filled with these Bigots.I hate seeing people like Dr. Carson on Sean Hannity praising this GARBAGE, RACIST, PARTY

  26. Avery

    April 10, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    My people are so full of crap. Always complaining about be called the n word, but call each other the n word all the time. If we had respect for each other others would not disrespect us. Stop the crying and stop saying repubs do not like black people which is a lie dreamed us by the dems to keep many black people in the dark as to what they are doing to us. We have 14% unemployment with a black president white people would not accept that but we do.

  27. Marcinho Savant

    April 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    A woman on facebook called him “uneducated” on my wall! My response:

    “Quite the OPPOSITE, Madame! It was YOU that called him merely “uneducated”.

    I am calling him a racist, on his face. And, Quite OBVIOUSLY, we do NOT ” all know how to act and what to say.” If that WERE the case, He WOULDN’T have done it… like it was OKAY!

    Well I do know to act, AND, what to say!! And an educated black man is the, ABSOLUTE, living NIGHTMARE of people with antiquated feelings of entitlement, and ownership. He is a BIGOT.

    Evidently… a BIGOT, without a calendar (Lincoln FREED the Slaves!), nor an internet connection (El Presidente es Un NEGRO, SUCKER! Get over it!)

    Times are passing him, and a large portion of his generation, THANKFULLY, by.

    Pathetic, despicable relic of times gone by! No matter HOW long a person WANTS to hold on to the MILK (!!!!!), it’s STILL going to SPOIL! Things change from how they once were! Throw out the milk, Bro!”

    • Marcinho Savant

      April 10, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      “Colored people”?

      I LOVE that movie, “The Colored People” with Whoopi and Oprah!

      SIT down with that ISH!

  28. Samuel Hill Jr

    April 10, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    I am constantly amazed at the stupidity that is coming out of the mouths of elected officials! Are these people elected to represent ALL the people or just a particular race,( WHITE ). We are all HUMAN BEINGS, an deserve to be treated as such. The advantage of slavery has caused some of these people in GOVERMENT positions to have the positions that they are in today. They had the advantage of having monies from that era to further their education, but unfortunately they have brought those RACIST beliefs along with them. There is an ending to this madness, an it should begin with these type of people being voted out of these positions that they have, an not doing anything to benefit the citizens that they vowed to support. Believe me the day is fast approaching when WHITE SUPREMACY will be extinct like the dinosaur.

  29. mini Haha

    April 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    My BEAUTIFUL BLACK PEOPLE can you not see it is just a continue mind game two term BLACK president that’s deemed black even having a white mother a black father. Even having white blood running threw him. his skin is still black. so the point is even him being the head man in charge. White wants you to not forget you are still a N. And you will always be. so never let them forget that (Blacks). They will always know their place. NO MORE BRAIN WASHING. NO MORE BRAIN WASHING!!!!! Like you can measure the amount of blood running thru a person body and determine whether he’s more black or more white. So Intelligent……. so glad God will prevail one day and say : Get it together …. You’ll all in the same boat.,,,,

    lack father

  30. Zandra Conway

    April 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    If he still says ‘out-loud’ the N word in from of many people who were shocked. He needs to pack up his bags and head home.

  31. Theressa Wesley

    April 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    This is so pitiful! It is blatantly obvious that County Commissioner Jim Giles routinely uses this kind of language in his interactions with his white colleagues. This public show of racism seems to have been just a “slip of his racist tongue,” and even when he tried to wiggle out of the tightly-secured barbed wire, he simply made matters worse–”Afro-Americanized,” he still arrogantly inserted. I guess we can’t blame white people for the systemic programming they have internalized. These bigoted idiots will just have to be left behind and kicked to the curb as the the rest of the informed and civilized world proceeds beyond them. Racist ignorance is a terrible malady; it is a mental dysfunction that society can no longer tolerate; and being insensitive, nonchalant and embarrassingly incognizant of one’s outrageously reprehensible behavior is even worse. There’s simply no room in today’s progressive and enlightened world for the idiotic Jim Giles’s among us.

  32. corbin56

    April 10, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    My birth certificate states that I am “colored”. So you can pretty much come close to guessing my age. Anyway, I agree with the gentleman on FB. We need to stop calling ourselves N1ggers, n!gga, etc.

    Off topic: Why would anyone post a picture of themself or (grandmother??) in the middle of a cornfield with a rusty old barn/house in the background?? She just “us” back 100 years. Not cute.

    • storm

      April 11, 2013 at 2:28 am

      Mine says Negro

  33. BJ

    April 10, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    OK. He built homes for “Colored” people. That’s like a slave owner saying I’m not a bigot because I gave my slaves jobs and provided room and board for them.

  34. PB Short

    April 10, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    I’m tired of Blacks asking the Perverted Catholic to apologize…

    There is nothing with these child molester showing who they really are in this world…


  35. Erica

    April 10, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    There is always an election

  36. VoiceOf Truth

    April 10, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    As foolish and hateful as the Saline County Commissioners words are, we have more pressing matters to focus on at the state and national level. Let the county residents vote him out of office.

  37. Codrington C. Dapp

    April 10, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Damn–is every white person in the U.S racist? It’s like the racism is in their DNA…

  38. Cheryl Hudson

    April 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I think the people who vote these kind of people in office, or select them for positions are also at fault. I think we need to start petitioning, campaigning and doing whatever it takes to get these kind of people out of office. Tell your friends, family, coworkers, neighbors and all that you meet to help vote this person out….it works…we did it for Obama and if we maintain focus and solidarity we can get this man and others like him out of office.

  39. Rev Edward Pinkney

    April 10, 2013 at 2:55 pm

    We have slept thur these very important years and now we are complainting about what they are saying about us.

    We give the NAACP,Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton a free pass
    and the media have allow them to speak for all black people.

    When are we going to stand up for our self. There will never be a change without a conflict.

  40. Yolanda

    April 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    If here are ppl of color as he say in his community he needs to step down from his position. He is bias….


    April 10, 2013 at 2:07 pm

    Did he turned red in the face when he got caught?
    That just goes to show who the colored people are.We stay black and never change to any other color.

  42. Robert Monroe, Jr.

    April 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Black people in the GOP are like the women who listen to raps about “bitches” & “ho’s” and think the song isn’t referring to them.

  43. Vic

    April 10, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    If he’s not going to resign then why apologize?

  44. Sherrie Chapman

    April 10, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    The people of Kansas need to get Jim Gile out of office IMMEDIATELY! They are becoming “too” comfortable using such words thinking they can get away with it. NOONE should stand for that type of language. Also, where has he been? Colored isnt used. That too shows he said what he said.

    GET HIM OUT OF OFFICE, AND LETS SHOW HIM we will NOT tolerate such verbal abuse…………..

  45. elaine

    April 10, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    what does anyone expect from those asshole cave people?


    April 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    The old big red drink and bologna sandwick apology.

  47. Rasheed7

    April 10, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    its the same ole sh*t every other day with these politicians…

    they are really showing how generally incompetent and unfit they are to serve the public.

    Especially the old white guys with the racist & sexist comments. They are finding out the hard way that the good ole boy days are over and this stuff isnt funny or acceptable.

    The public needs to start throwing these clowns out of office and then they will straighten up their acts really fast.

    the apologies dont cut it anymore.. you gotta pack your bags and get out of office.

    we need to also do this with the politicians who ignore the will of the public on other matters..

    start kicking them out and voting for people (regardless of race or political affiliation) who have policies that benefit the public, and are not bought by corporations and rich lobbies.

    People need to become more educated about who these guys are..

    Like I say “you get the government you deserve” and we deserve better government than we are currently getting.

  48. patrick loundon

    April 10, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    any1 who beleives that sorry line ur azz dumb azz i thought u was! he’s going (like Minne Riperton line – Back down memory Lane) the days when the old ____ got away w/it! nothing has changed GET REAL BLACK PEOPLE! THEY NOT UR FRIENDS WHAT’S THAT OTHER LINE – SMILING FACES TELL LIES (o’JAY’S) DON’T NO1 SEND ME SOME PROFF B——T MY BEST FRIEND IS BLACK IT’S ALL WELL u ALL HERE ME! THAT OLD MAN SAID JUST WHAT HE WANTED 2 SAY AND U2!

    • jessie

      April 10, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      I am sick and tired of hearing these racist people apologize for saying what they really feel when they get caught. They are using those words on a regular basis, it’s a part of their everyday vocabulary. That’s why it’s so easy for it to come out of their mouths. It’s not a slip of the tongue, it’s like the ole saying, “A drunk man’s thoughts is a sober man’s thoughts”. They think it, and they speak it!!!

  49. Mel

    April 10, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Gile should resign. He’s a complete disgrace to public office. even his use of the word colored people reflects his white supremicist mentality

  50. elrancho2

    April 10, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Just another day and another reason to feel embarrassed at being white. Yes, I am embarrassed. Constantly embarrassed.