One hundred and three students will be denied their scholarships as a result of Governor Bob Riley's raid on Greentrack earlier this month.
This information comes from The Tuscaloosa News.
The scholarships provided between $500 and $900 each semester to the students.
“This governor, in 2010, is standing in the schoolhouse door,” Rev. John Kennard said. “He is standing in the schoolhouse door to prevent 103 of our children from furthering their education, and we’re not going to take it.”
Kennard is vice president of the group, Clergy Who Care.
Several students attended a rally organized by Kennard. They seem determined, in spite of the governor's action.
Governor Riley's office issued a statement yesterday about the VictoryLand profits that actually reflect his beliefs about bingo in general, thus, also about this issue in Green County.
“The casinos mislead people into believing they’re helping charities. But the reality is, the only people who actually benefit from it are the casino bosses and their cronies.”
So, the governor does not consider these students as "people," I guess.
Governor Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door on June 11, 1963. He thought he was big stuff, but that attempt to preserve his way of life looks pretty foolish now, doesn't it.
And remember, Republican candidate for Governor Dr. Robert Bentley wants to do away with electronic Bingo too. So he would leave these students out in the cold as well.
This is not about looking for other sources of funds for each student to continue his or her education. The students are doing that, and let's hope they are successful.
No, it's about stripping away a source of college education funds that the students already had secured and on which they were depending.
It's about making things more difficult for students of color.
It plays right along with this undercurrent of racism that has swollen into a torrent over the last two days following the release of an edited video by a right wing blogger meant to further divide our nation and remind white people that they are supposed to be afraid of black people.
Rachel Maddow tells how white voters are being targeted to be afraid of black people.
Part 1, where she talks about George Wallace, and shows a comic book he used during a campaign to promote his views, and the "southern strategy" for winning political races by making white people be afraid of black people. Wallace used it in the 60's, and it is still being used today.
Here's part 2 of Rachel's segment.
How long will the real racists, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Andrew Breitbart, Fox News, who are among us be allowed to control the news in this way? How long will we (the big we...the media, the White House, the bloggers) continue to be fooled in this way?