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Sen. Honeyford sorry for calling minorities ‘coloreds’

The Columbian
Published: March 6, 2015, 12:00am

A state senator has apologized for comments he made during a public hearing in which he described minorities as “colored” and “coloreds.”

Sen. Jim Honeyford, a Republican from Sunnyside, issued a written apology Thursday, saying that he realized that the language wasn’t appropriate and that he will continue to serve his district “with diligence and increased sensitivity.”

Honeyford’s remarks came during a Feb. 28 hearing on a bill that would require future legislation to have impact statements identifying potentially disparate consequences for minorities, the Yakima Republic Herald reported.

He described ethnic minorities as “colored” and “coloreds” in comments at the hearing and in subsequent interviews about his remarks.

When Honeyford’s district was redrawn by the state Redistricting Commission in 2011, it became the state’s first majority-Latino district.