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'Proud racist' Councilman Says His Words Were Taken Out of Context

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Bob Kellar (via City of Santa Clarita)

Bob Kellar (via City of Santa Clarita)
Santa Clarita Councilman Bob Kellar was the focal point of attendees and demonstrators at last night's City Hall meeting, after the local leader referred to himself as a "proud racist" at a public event two weeks ago, reports the Daily News (see the video below).During an anti-illegal immigration rally held January 16th in Santa Clarity, the 25-year LAPD veteran Kellar made remarks about what it means to him to be American--remarks he says have since been taken out of context.

[On Jan. 16] He first referred to a statement from President Theodore Roosevelt that said the United States only has room for one flag and one language. He said he had quoted it at a past city council meeting. "The only thing I heard back from a couple of people was `Bob, you sound like a racist'," Kellar said.

"I said, `That's good. If that's what you think I am because I happen to believe in America. I'm a proud racist. You're darn right I am'."

Supporters of Kellar believe that he is a positive example of patriotism, whereas his detractors are calling for his firing. "More than 150 people packed the council chambers, with the vocal majority applauding Kellar as he entered the room," last night. In a statement released before the meeting Kellar explained: "Let me be perfectly clear on that point: I am not a racist. I abhor racism in any form, shape or fashion."

His controversial remarks begin around the 2 minute mark