A Japanese lawmaker has come under fire for making inaccurate remarks that U.S. President Barack Obama has “the blood of slaves,” the BBC reported.
In a debate on the evolution of American politics, Kazuya Maruyama reportedly said: “Now in the United States, a black man serves as president. With the blood of black people. This means slaves, to be clear,”
“It was unthinkable at the founding of the country that a black man, a slave could become president. That’s how dynamically America has evolved”.
President Obama is in-fact the son of a white mother, Stanley Ann Dunham and a black Kenyan father, Barack Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyang’oma Kogelo, who was a foreign student at the University of Hawaii, where the two met.
Maruyama is from the country’s ruling political party led by Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe. Abe chided Maruyama for the remarks, saying MPs should have “self-discipline”.
Following the heavily criticised gaffe, Maruyama later apologised for the inaccurate statement but has refused to heed calls to resign.
The statement has caused a stir on social media, with some users seeing the statement as extremely uninformed and prejudiced, insinuating all black African Americans are descendants of slaves.
However, while the remarks are inexcusable to some, others on social media have downplayed Maruyama’s remarks seeing them as uninformed but not malicious.