Gov. Deal under fire for remarks about ‘colored people’ during speech on takeover plan

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt November 3, 2016

Gov. Nathan Deal landed in hot water after referring to “colored people” during a speech about the state’s school takeover plan, which is on the Nov. 8 ballot.

According to Fox 5, Deal spoke to theĀ Technical College System of Georgia educators in Savannah on Oct. 3. He deviated from his prepared remarks to talk oppositionĀ to Amendment 1, the Opportunity School District plan. It would allow the state to intervene and take over operations of schools deemed chronically failing.

Deal said, “If you want to advance the state of colored people, start with their children.”

He has since said he made a mistake in his choice of words, but stands by the meaning of what he said.

Fox 5 published this video of the speech:

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