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Marty Knollenberg is a Republican senator.  He sits on Michigan's education committee.  He makes state-wide decisions that affect every student in Michigan.

And he just revealed that he is a card-carrying racist.

In a committee hearing last week, Knollengerg said, “You mentioned these school districts failing, and you mention economically disadvantaged and non-white population are the contributors to that.  I know we can’t fix that.  We can’t make an African-American white.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBf-9PJds7M

Huh.  According to Knollenberg, the reason we have problems in our schools is that the students are black.

This is racism in its purest form.  Knollenberg has asserted that if we could wave a wand and change black kids into white ones, they would be better students.  Making them white would "fix" them.

This man makes policy (and helps allocate funding) for every student in the state, no matter what their race, but he's shown a clear preference for white ones.

Later, when a reporter cornered him at the insurance company he owns and asked him to comment, he fell back on the three statements every racist GOP hides behind:

1. My statements were taken out of context.
2. I know a bunch of black people, so I'm not racist.
3. The non-apology, which never actually admits to a mistake or makes a true expression of sorrow or regret.

Into the WXYZ reporter's mic, Knollenberg said,"If they knew me they would know that I am not racist at all."  http://www.wxyz.com/news/state-sen-knollenberg-responds-to-outrage-over-comments-perceived-as-racist

The reporter adds, "[Knollenberg] says he feels his words are being taken out of context.  He had just seen statistics that said that most kids in struggling districts are of color, and they led to his words."

DING! My statement was taken out of context. Because a statement that you could "fix" black kids by making them white can be taken out of context.  But let's look at the context Knollenberg means.

The committee was hearing testimony about students statistics.  State and federal law require schools to keep track of student test scores and classify them by race, economic status, and other groupings.  Many African-American students score lower on tests than their Caucasian counterparts, usually because more caucasian students enjoy a higher standard of living which frees them from worrying about whether they'll eat that day or sleep that night, and instead lets them concentrate on learning--and on scoring higher on tests.  This disparity is called "the achievement gap," and it is NOT due to race.  It is due to economic status.  Black students who are raised in affluence do just as well as affluent white students, and white students who live in poverty do very poorly in school, just as poor black students do.

In other words, even taken in context, Knollenberg's assertion that his comments were taken out of context and are therefore not racist is an utter lie.

Additionally, Knollenberg said, "I have an African-American employee who works for me."

DING! I know a bunch of black people, so I'm not racist. But we all know very well that hiring a single African-American employee doesn't mean you aren't racist.  Racism has never precluded hiring minorities.  Ask Henry Ford.

Knollenberg finished digging his racist's grave with this final statement: "I can apologize to people who felt that way.  My passion is for improving education and making sure every single child gets a good education. We should not have failing schools anywhere."

DING! The non-apology, which never actually admits to a mistake or makes a true expression of sorrow or regret. Knollenberg did NOT apologize.  He said "I can apologize," and then further weakened the statement by adding "to people who felt that way."  This is a variation of the standard GOP non-apology that goes, "If my remarks offended anyone . . . ," which means, "My remarks weren't bad--you're only taking it that way."  This is what Knollenberg is doing.  He is NOT saying his remarks were offensive. Instead, he's saying some people might find them offensive, and if so, he might say he's sorry to such people.

A proper apology would go something like this: "What I said was wrong, and I know it hurt a lot of people.  I wasn't thinking, and I wish I hadn't said these things.  I apologize for making these remarks.  I hope everyone will forgive me."

But Knollenberg is a coward who hides behind his committee chair, and he won't say these words. Neither will any other racist GOP senator.

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