Another Republican is eating his words this week after it was revealed that Wayne Coleman believed the integration of the state’s schools had a negative impact on the quality of education.
“I’m old enough to have lived during the desegregation of the schools here locally,” Wayne Coleman said in an interview on The John Fredericks Show on Monday. “And busing children, in my opinion, around the different districts, getting them out of their local neighborhoods, really was the beginning of the decline in some of the school districts.”
That’s right folks! This pro-segregation genius is running to represent Virginia’s 6th District, whilst arguing that the state and federal officials should delegate more responsibility to local districts.
“What’s troubling Norfolk is not the same fix that’s going to help the Northampton schools, and Accomack, and over in Mathews,” he told Fredericks. “Although their school systems are better, they still face problems.”
After such brilliant comments, Coleman released a statement on Wednesday claiming that his opponents were taking advantage of his incredibly poor choice of words by ‘misconstruing and mischaracterizing’ his statement.
“My point was – and remains – that schools that are closest to the families they serve are schools that have the greatest level of accountability,” his statement read. “Our schools can only give the promise of achievement for our children if they have the direct accountability to parents that comes with community and neighborhood involvement.”
Yes, that is a really interesting theory, Mr. Coleman. And obviously the theory has nothing to do with the concept that schools are beginning to decline as a result of you and your conservative constituents taking money from schools or claiming that teachers are making way too much money. But hey, we get it…if you can’t keep the poor black people in segregated schools, just destroy the schools, and then blame the black people.
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