ST. CHARLES, Mo. (KMOX)- Political Donor Rex Sinquefield is apologizing for quoting a columnist who wrote that the public school system was a conspiracy hatched by the Ku Klux Klan.
In a video captured by Progress Missouri during an event at Lindenwood University Thursday, Sinquefield quotes Ralph Voss, who wrote in a central Missouri newspaper called The Unterrified Democrat, that “Decades ago the Ku Klux Klan got together and said, ‘ how can we really hurt the African-American children, permanently? How can we ruin their lives?’ And what they designed was the public school system.”
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The remarks drew outrage from educators, including Missouri National Education Association Political Director Mark Jones, “Frankly we’re flabbergasted. The comments are simply offensive and wrong. They demonstrate a hostility toward public education and a willingness to play loose with the facts.”
Missouri NEA President Chris Guinther issued a statement calling the remarks, “A slap in the face of every educator who has worked tirelessly in a public school to improve the lives of Missouri’s children. Rex Sinquefield needs to explain himself and apologize to all students, parents and Missourians.”
Sinquefield did issue a statement reading, “I apologize for my reference to a quote from Ralph Voss of the Unterrified Democrat. The public discourse on these issues is too critical for an ill-timed, inappropriate reference. It is my sincere hope that this does not distract us from the important mission of helping all children access high quality education.”
In addition to the apology, the NEA and other groups are calling on Sinquefield to drop his effort to replace the state income tax with a sales tax, which they say would gut education funding.
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