Last week, Georgia governor, Nathan Deal, was accused of racism for firing six Black members of the Dekalb county school board…and now he’s adding more fuel to the racism fire with these antics!
According to published reports, a Monday meeting between Gov. Nathan Deal and leaders of several civil rights organizations, including local NAACP chapters, took a fiery turn after the governor reportedly told the groups to “find some good Black people to run” during the closed-door meeting. The remarks came in response to whether Deal should be specifically seeking Black candidates to replace DeKalb County’s ousted school board members. The groups said Deal was implying that finding qualified Black candidates would be difficult.
The AJC reports that Deal’s spokesman, Brian Robinson, didn’t dispute the remarks, but said they were part of a broader discussion over replacing the six suspended members, five of whom are Black. Two of the three remaining members, who were allowed to stay because they were recently elected, are White. Robinson said the governor was encouraging the groups to find qualifying candidates for the 2014 elections, and that the governor noted that DeKalb students he spoke with last week brought up academic, not racial, concerns in questioning Deal about his decision. “The governor said to please get involved and make sure these Black candidates are good Black candidates so we can have a functioning board,” Robinson told the AJC. “Gov. Deal wants to make sure every student graduates in schools that have kept their accreditation.”
DeKalb is one of the nation’s wealthiest majority-Black counties, but acrimony surrounding the racial split between the predominantly White northern suburbs and the rest of the county have long been an issue and have been brought to light more forcefully in recent weeks. Some north DeKalb residents are looking into creating a separate school district for their communities.