AZ GOPer: ‘There Aren’t Enough White Kids To Go Around’ In Public Schools

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A Republican state representative in Arizona earlier this week lamented that “there aren’t enough white kids to go around” in public schools in the state.

Sixty percent of public school children in the state of Arizona today are minorities,” freshman state Rep. David Stringer told the Yavapai County Republican Men’s Forum on Monday, according to video posted online Tuesday night by David Schapira, a Democratic candidate for superintendent of public instruction in the state. 

“That complicates racial integration because there aren’t enough white kids to go around,” Stringer said.

The Phoenix New Times picked up the story on Wednesday. Though the video was apparently originally published on Stringer’s Facebook page, it’s since been removed.

According to a 2016 campaign website, Stringer is “currently enrolled in a graduate program at Arizona State University leading to a Masters Degree in teaching English as a Second Language to Arizona’s large non-English speaking population.”

Stringer didn’t get any better as he went on. The New Times transcribed his comments: 

Sixty percent of public school children in the state of Arizona today are minorities. That complicates racial integration because there aren’t enough white kids to go around. And when you look at that 60 percent number for public school students, just carry that forward 10 or 15 years. It’s going to change the demographic voting base of this state. And that’s what’s going on around the country. Immigration is politically destabilizing. President Trump has talked about this. Immigration today represents an existential threat to the United States. If we don’t do something about immigration very, very soon, the demographics of our country will be irrevocably changed and we will be a very different country. It will not be the country you were born into. 

Stringer’s office told TPM he’s not giving interviews about the remark but said the representative would be posting a statement on his Facebook page sometime this afternoon.

Watch Stringer’s comments below, via Schapira:

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  1. Here’s the solution to your problem, you ignorant racist asshat…

  2. Dude, if they’re 60 percent, then by definition they’re not the minority.

  3. Heard this type of stuff in TX in the 80s and 90s. The difference now is that the GOP electorate is so desperate for racial superiority that they are going all in to wreck the foundations of the Republic to impose white rule. They’ve already lost that war, but we’re in a pitch battle to save the Republic from their destructiveness.

  4. Avatar for paulw paulw says:

    There aren’t enough to go around, so you have to concentrate them in a few schools. For integration.

    Perhaps his children will understand that they’re a minority.

  5. If what he means by “integration” is “make all of these brown people act like white people”, then he’s correct. You need to have enough white kids for them to establish and rigorously defend social norms.

    That’s not what I mean by “integration”, but I guess it’s what Republicans mean. The worse thing is that “make brown people act white” is arguably progressive compared to Trump’s notion (or Arpaio’s) of “keep brown people in shithole countries where they belong”.

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