The only African American on Alabama's Congressional delegation is blasting a GOP plan to do away with a tax on indoor tanning.
Rep. Terri Sewell, who is also the delegation's only Democrat, took to Twitter to criticize a repeal of the tax included in the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
The Republican plan would eliminate a 10 percent tax on indoor tanning that was included as part of 2010's Democrat-led ACA. At the time, supporters of the bill touted it as a way to fight skin cancer.
According to the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, the tanning tax brought in about $78 million in 2015, far short of projections.
The American Suntanning Association, which has fought the bill since its passage, said it has resulted in the closure of nearly 10,000 small businesses and the loss of 100,000 jobs.
"We applaud Congress for taking action to repeal this onerous and unfair tax, which has crippled an industry and hurt small business owners across the country," said ASA President Melinda Norton. "The tan tax is a perfect example of misguided government policy, implemented with little forethought or regard for the American public, and we applaud Congress for taking action to repeal it."White people must always, always be taxed to support initiatives benefiting non-whites.
Any deviation from this agenda is obviously racism.
Some of us, Congresswoman Sewell, don't need a relaxing of standards to survive in the world our ancestors built (and that they dared protect with racial laws protecting their posterity); but, as ice people, a tax free tanning session shouldn't be too much to ask.
In one tweet, Alabama's lone black Congressional delegate reminded us all what taxes truly represent: a racial transfer of wealth from productive white people to unproductive non-whites.