The Republican governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, tried to go after opponents of his proposed school amendment in the most racist of ways.
During a speech before the Technical College System of Georgia educators in Savannah, Deal went off script and said, “The irony of some of the groups who are opposing doing something to help these minority children is beyond my logic. If you want to advance the state of colored people, start with their children.”
“Colored people” is an outdated term for people who are not specifically white and was used predominantly in southern USA during the racial segregation era. In the 21st century, the term is not deemed politically correct.
The governor was reportedly venting his frustration over opposition of his so-called Amendment 1 proposal, which would allow the state to take temporary control of the “chronically failing public schools.” Deal believes that if the proposal is accepted, the state could improve the schools, provide new accountability to public school districts, help minority students graduate, get better jobs and break their cycle of poverty.
However, many school boards, teacher unions and human rights group are against Amendment 1 and claim public schools in Louisiana and Tennessee which have similar models, actually did poorly after the reform.
In his defense, Deal said by “colored people” he meant the civil rights group “National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.” He added he didn’t mean to “insult anyone” by not using the organization’s full name.
“Well, I think I misspoke in that I didn’t use the entire name of the organization,” he said. “I don’t think I misspoke in terms of where I think they should be on this issue.”
However, his explanation comes as a lame excuse because if he really did mean that, then what he really wanted to say was, “If you want to advance the state of the NAACP, start with their children,” which makes absolutely no sense.
Maybe Deal would be more believable if he did not have a history of making racist remarks — but he does.
In his previous addresses, the governor has used terms like “ghetto grandmothers.” During a panel discussion he said his wife told him “she could look at her sixth-grade class and tell you which ones were going to prison and which ones were going to college.”
He has also campaigned against refugee settlement in Georgia.
See what social media users have to say about him:
This is our governor, Nathan Deal, using the term "colored people" in 2016, wow. https://t.co/9CGZ6BRL5U— Voorhees (@voteforpedro_) November 3, 2016
Well bless his soul. Did he preface it with "you" or "the"? Not a big Nathan Deal fan. He's no friend of "colored people." https://t.co/8zxdE04Qpt— Cheryl Honeycutt (@MadGranny1125) November 3, 2016
https://t.co/OObliIGZBS. Nathan....smh. His excuse though? 😂 I don't know if I'm mad, sad or just want to laugh.— Dar'shun Kendrick (@DarshunKendrick) November 3, 2016
Nathan Deal spoke to folks about amendment one and called us "colored people" this MF can exit quietly— Ned Stark Son (@extraORRdINary) November 2, 2016