Calls for Ohio Senator to resign over comments on African Americans

Ohio state Sen. Stephen Huffman asked if the “colored population” has a higher rate of coronavirus infection because they don’t wash their hands as much.
1:44 | 06/12/20

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Transcript for Calls for Ohio Senator to resign over comments on African Americans
Now to the firestorm tonight after what an Ohio lawmaker asked. He also happens to be a doctor. What he asked about African-Americans and the coronavirus. A medical expert then schooling him. And what's happened to that lawmaker tonight. Here's Adrienne Bankert. Reporter: Growing calls tonight for an Ohio state senator over what he said about African-Americans and covid-19. Republican Steve Huffman was speaking to the director of the Ohio commission of minority health, who testified the black community has been disproportionally hit by the virus. The senator admitting there are clear disparities, then asking this -- Could it just be that African-Americans or the colored population do not wash their hands as well as other groups? Or wear masks? Or do not socially distance themselves? Could that be the explanation of why the higher incidence? Senator Huffman, that is not the opinion of leading medical experts in this country. So, do all populations need to wash their hands? Absolutely, sir. But that is not where you are going to find the variance and the rationale for why these populations are more vulnerable. Reporter: The hearing was about whether to declare racism a public health crisis. Tonight, one of Huffman's democratic colleagues says the words he used and the question he asked "Highlights what racism is from a systematic perspective." And David, as you mentioned, that state senator also a doctor, fired tonight from the health care company where he works. That company saying that his statements were wholly inconsistent with their values. Huffman apologizing, saying his choice of words was, quote, awkward. David? Adrienne, thank you. There's also news coming in

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