To be fair, Mesa County Commissioner Cody Davis (R) probably had no idea what he was saying when he said it, but it was highly offensive.
23 minutes or so into the Commissioners’ meeting on December 12, 2023 to approve the annual budget (video), Commissioner Davis discusses how difficult it is for him to understand the budgeting process and said,
“If I didn’t have help sometimes, reading this budget I’d feel like a knuckle-dragging Mongoloid.”
He was apparently unaware that “knuckle-dragging Mongoloid” is a highly offensive term.
The term “Mongoloid” for a long time was a pejorative term used to refer to people affected by Down Syndrome. It is also a racist term used to refer to people of Asian descent.
Commissioner Davis evidently was trying to express that he felt unintelligent and uneducated when it came to the county’s budgeting process. He probably meant to say something like he felt like “a neanderthal,” which, when spelled with a lower case “n” means a person who is rude or not very smart, a cretin or a dolt, or “uncivilized, unintelligent or uncouth person.”
Someone who watched the video pointed out Commissioner Davis’ eyebrow-raising use of the offensive phrase.
It’s hard to know how many more Mesa County citizens saw it and were offended by it.
If he reads this, maybe Commissioner Davis will avoid using this phrase in the future, and maybe, if he apologizes, people can forgive him for being uneducated about the use of it.