Many politicans have unfortunatly throughout American History used often thinly vailed attacks on racial minorities and the downtrodden to excite the most narrow minded and fervent elements of thier political base. This is especially true of conservatives, seeking to rollback laws and reducing funding to programs aimed at minorities in order to shrink the size of government.
But last week, when the Minnesota State Senate was debating ammendments to the K-12 Education Omnibus bill, which would slash funding to integregation programs and rollback laws aimed at desegregation in three major cities in the North star state; State Senator Dan Hall (R), either spoke before his thoughts were intelligently arranged or he tore away that thin vail to expose the ugly face of bigotry. According to the Minnesota Independent he said that integration had ‘destroyed Minneapolis”.
“I watched Minneapolis get destroyed, so I not only didn’t want my kids in the school system… I took them out of Minneapolis because they ruined our neighborhoods with integration and segregation.”
Hall, who stated that he was educated in Minneapolis school systems and graduated at a sixth grade reading level, says he wants to take the funds from the integration programs in the cities of Deluth, Minneapolis, and St. Paul, to increase funding for literacy efforts all across the state. Some might say that is a laudable effort, but just in case you thought his last remark was misinterpreted, hall dug deeper using the old ‘I don’t hate black people, some of my best friends are black’ reasoning to shield himself from allegations of bigotry only in his case some of his best friends are ‘minority’.
He said he applauded the teachers and coaches he had growing up, but said, “The system is broke. My best friends are minority, they think integration in foolish. It’s a ploy to get more money.”
Hall prefaced his statements by saying ‘I don’t speak up too often’, after all it only takes a set of ignorant statements like this to show how backwards a person truly is. No word yet, on whether or not Hill is going to rename Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, which is where the state capitol building is located. After all he was a proponent of something across the nation that in the words ‘destroyed Minneapolis’.