Racism In America: Georgia Governor Mentions ‘Colored People’ In Speech

Gov. Nathan Deal has received backlash for saying ‘colored people’. This comes at a time when there have been several efforts to tackle racism in America.

Racism in America continues to be one major impediment to overcome. The practice seems to cut across age and social status, as both young and old find themselves guilty of racial prejudices or biases in one way or the other. For some time now, some high ranking government officials have come under the spotlight for the wrong reasons; involving acts which are worthy of racial implications. The latest to the toe such un-exemplary path is the governor of Georgian State, Nathan Deal. During his speech on the 3rd of October, Deal mentioned the term ‘colored people.’ Something many think is derogatory as far as racism is concern. Many have greeted his irresponsible language with rage. We have compiled from a number of sources, information that will enlighten you on the issue. Read further to know more.

DAILY NEWS

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is under fire for using the term “colored people” when speaking publicly about the racial politics involved in a piece of proposed legislation in the state.

Speaking in front of a crowd of educators from the Technical College System of Georgia in Savannah, Ga., on Oct. 3, the Republican governor went off script and began discussing Amendment 1, a controversial referendum that would allow the state to take over “chronically failing public schools.”

Deal strongly supports the bill and went off script during his speech to lash out at its opponents, among whom includes the local NAACP chapter.

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,” Deal said, according to video recently obtained by Fox 5.

The racially charged term can be traced back to the segregated South when signs with the word “colored” on them designated spaces for black people. Deal apologized for using the loaded label, but said he was referring to the NAACP and mistakenly omitted their full name: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Read more.

THE HUFFINGTON POST

“Colored people” is an outdated, out-of-fashion term. Deal told Fox 5 he meant to refer to the NAACP ― a civil rights group whose full name is the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ― but didn’t use the full name and didn’t mean to “insult anyone.” Deal’s explanation would mean that he intended to urge people to “advance the state of the NAACP” by starting with their children.

The NAACP was founded when “colored” was a preferred terminology. The organization’s leaders have discussed internally whether to change the name, but have kept it out of respect for its history.

Amendment 1, a constitutional amendment proposed by Deal, would allow the state to take over “chronically failing public schools” and put them in a new state-run district.

Polls show that the ballot measure is facing significant opposition ― from Democrats and Republicans ― and Deal has stepped up his advocacy for the measure, arguing it would help minority students in these low-performing schools. Critics ― including the NAACP, teachers and dozens of school boards ― say that other states that have tried this approach have not helped failing schools. They also say it would hurt local control of public education and harm school districts financially.

Well, I think I misspoke in that I didn’t use the entire name of the organization,” Deal told Fox 5, referring to the NAACP. “I don’t think I misspoke in terms of where I think they should be on this issue. … I think you know I’m not a person who has racially prejudiced or biased opinions.”

Before becoming governor, Deal was a congressman. He dabbled in birtherism, saying in 2009 that he had “no idea” where President Barack Obama was born, although he was willing to take his word that he was born in the United States. Read more.

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Following the speech, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner, Gretchen Corbin, took to the podium and said the governor asked her to clarify what he said.

“He wanted to refer to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and asked me to send his regrets for not stating the full statement of his thoughts,” Corbin said.

Deal has been increasingly on the defensive about the fate of the plan, a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to take control of perennially failing schools.

Teachers groups and other opponents have pumped more than $5 million to oppose the plan, polls show strong resistance from both Democrats and Republicans and more than 40 school boards have come out against it. They say it defies local control and puts too much power in the hands of an aloof state entity.

Deal and his allies still have favorable ballot language on their side, and millions of dollars in advertisements urging for its passage. But the governor has recently stepped up his fight with school boards, hinting at a new policy approach if his measure fails to pass. And on Wednesday, he said his plan is the only option to help students in failing schools avoid a cycle of violence and crime.

Would I have preferred to do something else? Obviously. I’m in my last term as governor. I didn’t have to take this on,” he said. “But I think there’s a responsibility when you’re elected to be the governor of this state to focus on the problems that your state has.” Read more.

Governor Deal really needs to apologize for his irresponsible action and not to rather defend it. For a man of his status, he has no excuse to deny the fact that his language had racial implications. These are people who are supposed to be joining in to fight racism in America, but sadly, they themselves are culprits of the very menace we are striving to kick out of our society. How can Black people attain equally with such people in the helm of affairs? No wonder we do seem to be alone in this fight. The government is filled with white racists. But we won’t give in nor give up! We deserve to equality and justice. They are our rights!

 

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