Nathan Deal speaks of ‘colored people’ in speech about Amendment 1

Gov. Nathan Deal’s campaign for a statewide Opportunity School District took another hit on Wednesday when a television station reported he used the words “colored people” to a Savannah audience during a speech about the proposal.

Fox 5 News’ Dale Russell uncovered video of Deal using the racially-charged phrase on Oct. 3 in a speech before the Technical College System of Georgia educators:

“The irony of some of the groups who are opposing doing something to help these minority children is beyond my logic,” Deal said in the speech. “If you want to advance the state of colored people, start with their children.”

Deal told Russell that when he made the reference to “colored people” he was talking about the NAACP – the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

“Well, I think I misspoke in that I didn’t use the entire name of the organization,” he told the Russell. “I don’t think I misspoke in terms of where I think they should be on this issue.”

Here’s more from Russell:

Following the speech, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner, Gretchen Corbin, took to the podium and said the governor asked her to clarify what he said.

 

“He wanted to refer to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and asked me to send his regrets for not stating the full statement of his thoughts,” Corbin said.

Deal has been increasingly on the defensive about the fate of the plan, a constitutional amendment that would allow the state to take control of perennially failing schools.

More: Nathan Deal gets defensive on Amendment 1: ‘I didn’t have to take this on.’

Teachers groups and other opponents have pumped more than $5 million to oppose the plan, polls show strong resistance from both Democrats and Republicans and more than 40 school boards have come out against it. They say it defies local control and puts too much power in the hands of an aloof state entity.

Deal and his allies still have favorable ballot language on their side, and millions of dollars in advertisements urging for its passage. But the governor has recently stepped up his fight with school boards, hinting at a new policy approach if his measure fails to pass. And on Wednesday, he said his plan is the only option to help students in failing schools avoid a cycle of violence and crime.

“Would I have preferred to do something else? Obviously. I’m in my last term as governor. I didn’t have to take this on,” he said. “But I think there’s a responsibility when you’re elected to be the governor of this state to focus on the problems that your state has.”

More: 7 things to know about Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District

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108 comments
Cyn Sneed
Cyn Sneed

Vote no on amendment #1 in Nov

Herbert Massey
Herbert Massey

I prefer colored people! Makes us the majority! There are a lot more people of color these days!

Sheila Johnson Munyer
Sheila Johnson Munyer

My. Parents and my race on our birth certificate is Colored. It's another name for the Black indigenous.

Becca Mincer
Becca Mincer

We can sure get on here and comment about his stupidity but what are we gonna do about are kids and these failing schools?

Becca Mincer
Becca Mincer

My boys went to Banneker and if that's any reflection of public school system working....it's unacceptable! I do not agree with government taking over the schools.But us parents need to do something and quick.These kids aren't going prepared they're way to many infractions and to have 15 Fulton county officers for one school and sometimes that's not enough.We can't just put them on the bus and say good luck

Jeremy Delacruz
Jeremy Delacruz

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Cain Harris
Cain Harris

If Hillary had said the same thing, nothing would have been said. Hypocrisy at its finest!

Carolyn Molyneux
Carolyn Molyneux

Probably has to do with his age. Before the 1960s when the black power movement started, "colored" people was a respectful term.

Rufus Spencer
Rufus Spencer

He spoke the same way he speaks when he not around people of color

Butch Mixon
Butch Mixon

I know the Governor and MS Sandra, He is very far from being a prejudice person! He and MS Sandra have done a ton of things for people of all color and religions, I know they are concerned about the kids at schools that are failing and the Teachers and staff are really worried about their stats than the kids education.Look at the system where the teachers were caught changing grades of kids and acted like it was no big deal.This is not about race or religion it is about kids being educated enough to be able to complete in a job market that is tough! GO GOVERNOR!

Duel Mitchell
Duel Mitchell

when you look for something you can really find it sorry dans.

Lori Kendall Meadows
Lori Kendall Meadows

They can't decide what they want to be called. Hilarious!!! #offendedbyeverything

LamarDi Wayne Battle
LamarDi Wayne Battle

He decided .You havent . Why does it upset you so bad that we dont want to be called colored people ? You dont have to call or speak to us at all. You can get up when sit next to you on a bus if you want to. Funny that the only race in America who have a problem with not calling us colored people is the southern white race or their racist friends across the country. No other race is so anti anything afro american or black. Black because not all of us are american. So they cant be afro american like not all are white american. We dont call white people colored people even though most are pink or red because calling someone colored is a sign of disrepect to us but you know that thats why you want to use it.

Lori Kendall Meadows
Lori Kendall Meadows

LamarDi Wayne Battle that is the name of the group. I didn't name it that!!;)

Lori Kendall Meadows
Lori Kendall Meadows

LamarDi Wayne Battle and it doesn't upset me. I couldn't care less if I tried.

Lori Kendall Meadows
Lori Kendall Meadows

They name their little group- national advancement of colored people, and them get mad when they get called " colored people!! So stupid that it is kinda funny!!

Becky Stonecipher
Becky Stonecipher

If he had said, "people of color", what it have been more appropriate?

LamarDi Wayne Battle
LamarDi Wayne Battle

Why is he opposed to just saying afro american people or just people. People of color could be native american , mexican american , chinese american , puerto ricans , cuban americans . By saying persons of color doesnt tell which people of color hes talking about. Also he wouldnt call any other race " colored people ".

Nancy Redmond
Nancy Redmond

One lady on my neighborhood, always referred to herself as a person of color.

LamarDi Wayne Battle
LamarDi Wayne Battle

Person of color is not the same as being called colored . Person of color has no innate reference to Jim Crow. A native american or hispanic or chinese can be a person of color but they arent called colored people.

Billie Thomas
Billie Thomas

I wonder if maggots get offended when they hear folks utter the word "maggot"? I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't like to hear that word if I were one...maybe we should all just forgo the word and start using the definition instead. Guaranteed results since the attention span of folks easily offended is usually less than three words anyway...

LamarDi Wayne Battle
LamarDi Wayne Battle

Colored people is more than words. It stigmatized a whole race as ignorant buffoons .

LamarDi Wayne Battle
LamarDi Wayne Battle

Billie I refuse to call you a maggot even if you wouldnt find calling you that offensive. I'm human enough that calling you a maggot would offend me. It would degrade myself to degrade you no matter how degraded I might find you.

E.l. Jones
E.l. Jones

Colored ppl would be white ppl. You turn red when you're mad. Purple or Blue when you can't breathe. Green when you are sick. Orange when you tan. My brown stays brown through all of that, so I think term should apply to the ppl that actually change colors.

Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland

It was a simple mistake,..I cant say all of it..NAACP.,.an they use it an say it all day.,smh anything to get a white man in trouble

Dale Strickland
Dale Strickland

Well you was colored people...just like you all call white folk.,...white folk

LamarDi Wayne Battle
LamarDi Wayne Battle

He cant remember NAACP but he has no trouble remembering to say Colored People instead like the two mean the same thing. Thats jive , but to him the NAACP is colored people too .

Barbara Jewel Shine
Barbara Jewel Shine

This is what's been happening in the last few years. Folks think they can say something and then said they misspoke. When he said it he knew the entire time that all he needed to say was I misspoke.

Clara Madison
Clara Madison

The Mouth Speaks The Issues Of The Heart.Have Several Seats, You Have Been Exposed For Who You Are,A Racist Fool.