Republican state Senator Jim Summerville of Dickson has called portions of a speech given by the president of Tennessee State University at Monday night’s Freedom Fund banquet hosted by the Dickson County branch of the NAACP “bigoted” and “racist.” Summerville, who is seeking his second term representing the 25th District in August, walked out during the keynote address by Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover at the annual banquet to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday. The freshman senator called The Tennessean after leaving the banquet Monday night and characterized portions of Glover’s speech as “drivel,” according to the newspaper. Speaking on the theme of “The Role of Education in the Pursuit of Justice in a Democracy,” Glover said minorities should pursue educational opportunities because “we’re dealing with a selfish government and cruel electorate.” An attorney and CPA who has been president of TSU for a year, Glover said the country is being disrespectful toward President Obama based on his skin color. “God will never forgive America and neither should we,” Glover told the audience. Summerville admitted in the newspaper interview he walked out of the banquet over Glover’s statements. “It is false. It is wrong. It is bigoted. It is racist. I won’t stand for it. I don’t have to listen to such drivel,” Summerville is quoted in today’s paper. In his first term, Summerville has sponsored several bills aimed at eliminating affirmative action in Tennessee, saying it is no longer needed to level the playing field for minorities and contradicts King’s call to judge men by the content of their character. Summerville also resigned from the Senate Education Committee in 2012 after being stripped of a subcommittee chairmanship over comments he made to the General Assembly’s Black Caucus. After being criticized over a hearing into allegations of grade-tampering at TSU, Summerville sent an email saying he “doesn’t give a rat’s ass what the Black Caucus thinks,” which led to calls for an apology and the loss of his position as chairman of the Higher Education Subcommittee. According to the newspaper, Glover said she is “disappointed” in Summerville’s response to her speech and wants to discuss the issues with him. Summerville has said he intends to seek a second term in the Senate, which will be his last. The redrawn 25th District now includes Dickson, Hickman, Cheatham. Humphreys and Robertson counties. He already faces three announced challengers in the Republican primary and one in the Democratic primary.