Senator’s Facebook message claiming “racism is not real” resurfaces

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FORT WAYNE, IN (WISE) — An Indiana politician’s Facebook messages from three years ago have taken on a new life in his reelection campaign.

“When the conversation happened I was aghast,” says Tyler Cooley, a Huntington who provided the 2015 conversation he had with Republican State Senator Andy Zay. 

The conversation started about taxes and minimum wage, but then turned to something Cooley says left him stunned.

Zay wrote “racism is not real,” and that “the biggest minority class in America is the white male.”

“It was really kind of shocking that somebody just felt free to say something, I don’t know I can’t imagine saying something like that,” Cooley says.

Zay would not appear on camera for an interview regarding the comments, but did release a statement that reads:

“Racism is not a topic that should be taken lightly, and I should have been more careful with my words in the discussion that has been posted online by others. My remarks were part of a much broader discussion on the American dream. I believe every Hoosier and every person should be treated equally regardless of race. I agree with the words of Martin Luther King Jr. that all people should be judged by the content of their character, not the color of their skin.”

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