Georgia’s current biggest embarrassment, Governor Nathan Deal, informed everyone last month that if you want to improve the plight of “colored people” — a disparaging term for the African-American community — you start with the kids.
“The irony of some of the groups who are opposing doing something to help these minority children is beyond my logic,” Deal said last month. “If you want to advance the state of colored people, start with their children.”
Deal was referencing opposition to his proposed Opportunity School District – an attempt to give himself virtually complete control over the states’ schools opposed by the state PTA, teachers, the state NAACP, and anyone actually concerned with educating children. The Georgia Federation of Teachers notes that Deal’s plan, which he says would help public schools by stripping control from local school boards, would actually do nothing to help raise student performance. The plan “does not include educational interventions to raise student performance” and instead “relies on punitive school assessment policies that focus on punishing schools and students, rather than providing the supports and resources students and educators need to succeed.” The Federation points out that this, like other takeovers of school districts, “is just another attempt to pave the way for charter school expansion and privatization schemes.”
Deal says he meant the NAACP when he spoke of “colored people.”
“I think I misspoke in that I did not use the entire name of the organization,” Deal said Wednesday. “But I don’t think I misspoke in terms of where I think they should be on this issue.” He now says that he said “colored people” when he singled out the NAACP — just one of many groups that oppose the OSD –“Because it’s in their name. It was in the organization’s name, I think my mistake was I didn’t use their whole name.”
“I think you know me,” Governor Deal told Fox 5’s Dale Russell. “You’ve covered me for about eight years now…and I think you know I’m not a person who has racially prejudiced or biased opinions.”
He’s correct that his past is important — like when he refused to condemn “whites only” proms, or some of his statements about “ghetto grandmothers,” or his racist obsession with Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Why did he single out “colored people?” Because Nathan Deal is a racist. It’s that simple.
Watch Deal stick a foot in his mouth below:
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