This from a Michigan state lawmaker, Marty Knollenberg, who was reviewing state K-12 test scores.
State Sen. Marty Knollenberg (R) made the comment during a hearing
Thursday after seeing state data breaking down academic performance
among different demographic groups. The data indicated most students who
were struggling were students of color, Knollenberg later told WXYZ Detroit.
"You mention why these schools districts fail, and you mention
economically disadvantaged and non-white population are contributors to
that. And we can’t fix that. We can’t make an African-American white,"
he said at the meeting. "That's just, it is what it is."
A spokesman for Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) told WXYZ that the state
officials presenting the data specifically did not suggest causality
between race or economic status and academic achievement.
But Knollenberg told WXYZ that his comments were taken out of context,
noting that he had an African-American employee, and offered to
apologize to people who felt offended.
Apparently Trump's "I can say anything and get away with it" mentality is rubbing off on some.