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Republican lawmaker says education can’t be fixed because Black students can’t become White


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Republican State Senator believes that education is an issue because Black students can’t turn themselves into White students. The racist statement was given during a heated exchange during am education committee meeting in Lansing, Michigan.

While discussing failing school systems, Republican Senator Marty Knollenberg said, “You mentioned these school districts failing, and you mention economically disadvantaged and non-white population are the contributors to that. I know we can’t fix that. We can’t make an African-American white.”

Knollenberg was immediately criticized by several Black representatives who called the statement racist. Knollenberg responded by saying that he wasn’t racist because he has, “an African-American employee who works for me.”

It’s apparent that Knollenberg has racist sentiments and doesn’t deserve to be a state lawmaker. He also believes that having one African-American employee prevents him from being a racist. His disillusion about his own racism will not allow him to perform his duties properly as a state senator.

Knollenberg offered to apologize to the people he offended.


  1. Ronda T on December 9, 2015 at 12:28 am

    He should be fired immediately!

  2. Bunnysgrandma on December 9, 2015 at 12:35 am

    The title is misleading, it is not what the “white” “republican” lawmaker need to also put the entire quote. He was addressing the belief that somehow it can’t be fixed because it is a non white population. A mind set that keeps reinforcing that somehow young non white students cannot attain better – he was trying to rephrase what was said to him…nice twist

    • Howard Boyd on December 9, 2015 at 1:22 pm

      @Bunnysgrandma:disqus You can’t clean up this racist statement. Nice try! But what you are saying is not what was said. Some people have racist views without ever realizing that they are racist. He also said he had one black employee which would somehow disqualify him from being racist. As a country, we can’t end racism until whites understand that it is problem.