Georgia Republican Candidate To Black Democrat: You Can Dust Off ‘The Color Purple’ But You Won’t Win
Richard Woods, the Georgia Republican nominee for state schools superintendent, referenced “The Color Purple” while campaigning against a black candidate at the monthly breakfast meeting of the Cobb Republican Party. Woods blasted the U.S. Department of Education and called for an emphasis on reading, writing and arithmetic, then for some reason decided to refer to the 1985 movie about a 14-year-old black girl growing up in Georgia in the 1900s.
Everlasting GOP Stoppers reports the quote:
“They may dust off their copies of their VHS copies of ‘The Color Purple,’ but it isn’t going to happen, all right? We are going to remain Republican red in our state, and we’re going to move this state forward so that we can do the very best, and again, I look forward to being your next state school superintendent of schools,” He said.
“We have to make sure that our kids know our history. They are going to know the true American history,” Woods said. “It will not be liberalism, it will not be progressivism, but it will be something that is based on our Founding Fathers. It will be the Constitution, it will be the Declaration of Independence, it will be the Federalist Papers. We will teach the truth, because last time I heard, the truth will set you free, OK?”
Woods is campaigning against Valarie Wilson, a former chairwoman of the Decatur school board.
Marietta Daily Journal reports that Attorney Kenya Pierre of Smyrna, a Democrat running for the Post 2 seat on the Cobb Board of Education, was not pleased by Woods’ remarks.
“I have no idea what VHS tapes or ‘The Color Purple’ or anything has to do with bettering education for our children,” Pierre said. “To bring ‘The Color Purple’ in, it makes me wonder: ‘What are you alluding to?’ Are you alluding to you want things to be back the way they were where slavery was dominant? Are you alluding to the fact that you don’t want diversity within your state where there was a separation of what African- Americans could do and could not do? I don’t know. I mean, I don’t know what that has to do with anything, and I think if we’re talking about education, then maybe we need him to be a little bit more educated in the history of this nation and how horrific a time that was.”
GOP Stoppers reports:
When Woods’ comments were called out, Susan Thayer, another Georgia Republican running for a county school board seat said,
“Because you know red and blue combined makes purple, so that’s what I thought, but that was the way I took it that we don’t need to become purple. We need to maintain our red Republican influence.”
Either way, it’s a reckless remark to make. Next he’ll be standing tall, whistling Dixie as if it’s the National Anthem.
The GOP’s plan for outreach to minorities is working out swimmingly.
H/T: Everlasting GOP Stoppers.
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