Black Lawmaker Accuses White Lawmaker's 18-Month-Old Toddler of Racism

In a fantastic story you just can't make up, a black lawmaker in the Indiana state legislature took to the floor and accused a colleague's child -- who can't yet talk -- of racism.

The chamber was debating the controversial "religious freedom" bill when Democratic Rep. Vanessa Summers took aim at Republican Rep. Jud McMillin.

"I told Jud McMillin I love his son, but he's scared of me because of my color," she said. "It's hard. It's true."

Afterward, she defended the comments.

"He looked at me like I was a monster and turned around and cried. And I told him you need to introduce your child to some people that are dark-skinned so he will not be scared," she said.

The Indianapolis Star wrote:

Asked whether his son shied away because of her skin color, she said, 'I truly believe so.'

Summers' comments capped an already heated debate over a measure that supporters say will protect free exercise of religion, but that opponents, including Summers, argue will enshrine discrimination in state law.

McMillin, R-Brookville, called Summers' comments 'unfortunate.'

'It's just incredibly unfortunate. You'd like to think that we would have professional discussion on the House floor and certainly be able to avoid having 18-month-olds in the discussion,' he said.

McMillin added: "I can tell you that if he reacted the same way he reacts with anybody brand new, he buries his head in his dad’s shoulder. Whoever it is, it’s what he does. He’s an 18-month-old kid; he’s in a new environment up here in the place like the Statehouse but doesn’t know anybody. I honestly don’t remember anything out of the ordinary."