slippingmask.jpg From the Associated Press this afternoon:

An Arkansas legislator apologized Thursday for an e-mail in which he wrote that “we are being outpopulated by the blacks” and “we are being overrun” by illegal immigrants.

But state Sen. Denny Altes insisted the comments in the e-mail he sent earlier this month to former Fort Smith Mayor Bill Vines were not racist.

. . . Altes, who is white, wrote in the e-mail that he was in favor of returning illegal aliens to their countries, but “we know that is impossible.”

We are where we were with the black folks after the Revolutionary War,” Altes wrote. “We can’t send them back and the more we (anger them) the worse it will be in the future…. Sure we are being overrun but we are being outpopulated by the blacks also.”

Altes said he was responding to an inflammatory e-mail.

Arkansas GOP chairman Dennis Milligan criticized Altes, a Republican from Fort Smith, for the comments.

They are disrespectful and denigrating to the practical concerns of how we truly address illegal immigration,” Milligan said in a statement released by the party.

Yes, please, Sen. Altes, that’s not how Republicans “address illegal immigration.” Not when the media is looking, anyway.

(Photo via Olivier Lalin.)