Democratic Underground Latest Greatest Lobby Journals Search Options Help Login
Google

State Senator Dan Hall: "I watched Minneapolis get destroyed by integratio"n

Printer-friendly format Printer-friendly format
Printer-friendly format Email this thread to a friend
Printer-friendly format Bookmark this thread
Home » Discuss » Places » Minnesota Donate to DU
 
dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-01-11 11:36 PM
Original message
Edited on Fri Apr-01-11 11:37 PM by dflprincess
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/04/01/minnesota-republican-i-watched-minneapolis-get-destroyed-by-integration/


As Minnesota's state senate debates a public school funding bill that would remove funding from integration programs in the major cities of Minneapolis-St. Paul and Duluth and shift it to a statewide literacy drive, one freshman Republican has been particularly blunt in his opinions.

I watched Minneapolis get destroyed, Sen. Dan Hall stated on Thursday, "so I not only didnt want my kids in the school system, I took them out of Minneapolis because they ruined our neighborhoods with integration and segregation."

"My best friends are minority, they think integration in foolish," Hall insisted. "Its a ploy to get more money. ... Its disrespectful to tell my friends, my minority friends that they cant make it without extra special help.....

...Sen. Hall, however, attempted to cast his position as arising out of his deep concern for literacy, "I am a product of the Minneapolis school system," he explained, "completing all of my years, all the different schools. I graduated with a 6th grade reading ability(*). I struggled my whole life. We need to teach kids how to read.


(*) That explains a lot.


Pity me. I live in this clown's district (SD40 Bloomington/Burnsville). At least Bloomington narrowly voted for the DFL incumbant, it was the idiots in Burnsville that elected this guy.

From Hubert Humphrey telling us to "walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights" to this.
Refresh | 0 Recommendations Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
mascarax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 08:54 AM
Response to Original message
1. He's getting a lot of publicity, even Markos tweeted about him
something like: racist MN GOPer who literally said "my best friends are minority".

I didn't realize until reading your post that THIS is the guy who beat John Doll...right?

I saw the video yesterday and was floored that someone like this (and I know there are more) got elected and is allegedly "representing" people. He started off saying (paraphrasing) "I don't speak up much", which is of course what we all want in a rep. Someone who doesn't talk. Of course, when he does and says what he thinks...watch out! dfl princess, I do pity you and everyone who didn't vote for him.

He's gotta go. I hope Doll runs again.

Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 08:47 PM
Response to Reply #1
4. You are correct, he did beat John Doll
and I believe John is at least thinking of another run.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
Lydia Leftcoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 10:42 AM
Response to Original message
2. The first few years of school integration in Minneapolis were carried out
in such a ham-fisted way that I wonder if there wasn't some passive-aggressive INTENT to provoke white flight.

For a couple of years they were changing school boundaries annually to achieve precise racial balance so that families didn't know from one year to the next which school their kids would be in. Viable neighborhood schools were closed and consolidated into new megaschools.

Sure, there was racism (a lot of racism) involved in the white flight that occurred beginning in the 1970s, but to be told that your second grader has to change schools next year because the number of kids of your ethnic group is now too small or too large might have pushed parents (those who were fine with staying in a multiracial city) to look at private school options.

I'm glad they got rid of that nonsense of requiring precise percentages of each ethnic group after a few years, but by then the damage had been done.

What we have now is a group of 30-somethings and 40-somethings who have spent almost their whole lives in Apple Valley or Maple Plain, think it's "too dangerous" to go downtown because you see a lot of African-Americans and African-Africans there, and write online comments to the Strib about not wanting to ride the bus with "the diversity."
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
dflprincess Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 08:56 PM
Response to Reply #2
5. "Preacher Hall" needs to take a walk through his district
He'll find that neither Bloomington or Burnsville are quite as pale as they used to be.

With any luck he'll decide he needs to move to Wyoming.

Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
azurnoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-11 07:23 PM
Response to Reply #5
7. Ditto Richfield, Eagan, Brooklyn Center and Park across the river
Inver Grove Heights, South and West St Paul, Maplewood, Roseville...... in fact the first and second tier 'burbs are getting less pale all the time
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
mascarax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Apr-02-11 04:12 PM
Response to Original message
3. Nick Coleman expresses his "admiration" on his blog
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
ISUGRADIA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Apr-03-11 07:16 PM
Response to Original message
6. Two MN GOP State Senators On Wonkette in the Last Week
This guy and the moron who defended the crappy high deductable insurance plan the Repubs want to force state workers on:

http://wonkette.com/441809/fat-wheezing-mn-senator-says-avoid-doctors-save-on-heart-attack
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
geardaddy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-04-11 09:38 AM
Response to Original message
8. As someone who grew up in Minneapolis
in the 70s and 80s, and benefitted from the public school system, I say, "Fuck you, Hall."

I got an excellent education and I didn't graduate with a sixth-grade reading ability.
Printer Friendly | Permalink | Reply | Top
 
DU AdBot (1000+ posts) Click to send private message to this author Click to view 
this author's profile Click to add 
this author to your buddy list Click to add 
this author to your Ignore list Fri May 29th 2020, 06:40 AM
Response to Original message
Advertisements [?]
 Top

Home » Discuss » Places » Minnesota Donate to DU

Powered by DCForum+ Version 1.1 Copyright 1997-2002 DCScripts.com
Software has been extensively modified by the DU administrators


Important Notices: By participating on this discussion board, visitors agree to abide by the rules outlined on our Rules page. Messages posted on the Democratic Underground Discussion Forums are the opinions of the individuals who post them, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of Democratic Underground, LLC.

Home  |  Discussion Forums  |  Journals |  Store  |  Donate

About DU  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy

Got a message for Democratic Underground? Click here to send us a message.

© 2001 - 2011 Democratic Underground, LLC