Sunday, January 08, 2017

KKK Endorses Anti-Gay Secretary of Education Nominee

As I have noted many times, my late mother always chided us children that we would be known by the company we kept and that we needed to always keep that in mind.  As also noted numerous times, "friends" who voted for Donald Trump have placed themselves among some pretty foul company. That reality is being brought home yet again as the Klu Klux Klan endorses Betsy DeVos, a vitriolically anti-gay fanatic who has been nominated by Der Fuhrer to be Secretary of Education.  In addition to being an opponent of restrictions on anti-gay bullying and the recognition of even minimal LGBT rights, DeVos also strongly supports voucher systems that drain funding from public schools and promote religious based and re-segregated private schools. Thus for the anti-gay and anti-minority KKK, DeVos is a dream candidate for the position.  From the website of the Knights Of The Ku Klux Klan:

When Donald Trump named Betsy DeVos as his pick for heading the Department of Education opponents of school choice, school vouchers, charter school, and parental control warned that could mean the end of public education as we know it. Those who voted for Trump see her choice as his intention to eventually do just that – end Federal control for education.
In presenting DeVos, Trump said DeVos is “a brilliant and passionate education advocate.” Most heartening to conservatives is that he also said the mission he was assigning to her is to “break the bureaucracy that is holding our children back so that we can deliver world-class education and school choice to all families.”
DeVos has no background in public education but she is a lifelong advocate of parental choice. In her home state of Michigan, she has championed home schooling, charter schools, and a return of oversight of public schools to the states.
The Klan sources the above article to something called the American Liberty Report. Read it in full here.
For those who have not followed the Christofascist "family values" groups for many years, "parental choice" means bans on any positive statements about LGBT citizens, unrestricted discrimination, and segregated schools.  That the KKK is excited about DeVos ought to send alarm bells off among decent, moral people.

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