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Excerpt: "A right-wing campaign in the Wake County area of North Carolina has taken over the school board with a pledge to end a very successful socio-economic integration plan. The integration plan, which created thriving schools in poor African-American parts of the school district along with achieving diversity in schools located in wealthy white enclaves, was a model for the nation."

David H. Koch of Koch Industries, 08/30/10. (photo: Richard Schulman/Corbis)
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-18 # Saberoff 2011-01-14 01:33
It's late at night. I'm tired. I have not read the entire article; the subject of which is, I believe, busing. I have a nine-year-old, in a public school that we have chosen BECAUSE it is very integrated. My son is definitely in the minority of his class, oh, he is white. Now. I would like him to go the the closest school possible! And, I firmly believe, giraffes do do live with zebras: they prefer to be with their families. Here's the question: Why bus kids? And that could go anywhere! There may be (and I'm sure there are) very good reasons to do it, and I've just articulated why bad aspects. How about: We give most of the "help 'em out money" to those schools that need the most help: the economically challenged/unde r funded schools, to help them keep up. In Wisconsin, Germans came here to be with Germans: they LIKE IT like that! Same everywhere. Let's simply help our brothers and sisters, and kids that need it most, and keep our kids (whatever color they are) close to home?
+14 # Jim Rocket 2011-01-14 10:48
Nice of you to offer a comment without reading the whole article. I guess your point is that segregation is really a good thing. America's strength is it's diversity. Tribalism is a step backwards.... which is what the Birchers are all about.

If you scroll down on the comments from the original article you can read a post from imissmolly who lives in Wake county. Very interesting take on what the real situation is there.
+10 # othermother 2011-01-14 02:46
The New Yorker recently did an extended article on the Koch brothers and the extent of their influence through such covert funding. Thanks for this article; it's important to learn where the money goes.

I wonder how many of the parents who vote for school board members in Wake Co., NC, know where the money comes from and the agendas of corporate entities like the Kochs'.
-20 # charsjcca 2011-01-14 03:42
As a person who began his formal education in a one room Black school I am sure it is appropriate to have Black schools. Remember, no other group attended these schools. We had committed teachers who taught in a system that was short on fiscal resources. That was the problem, an 18% shortfall in resources.
I would hope that my great grand children would have the experience I had, not the experience my children and grandchildren have had. There is no need for them to go to school with other groups.
+18 # Heartbeatt 2011-01-14 04:45
Absolutely sickening. If only Wikileaks could publish all the horrible secrets behind the Koch brothers.
+8 # AndreM5 2011-01-14 10:48
You don't need Wikileaks. It's hiding right out there in plain sight.
+18 # Pancho 2011-01-14 06:12
David H. and Charles de Ganahl Koch were very successful in Kansas in installing a board that was receptive to their resegregation efforts. They would have had more success, but they had not only gotten pro-charter schools, pro-voucher state Board of Education members, but the "Christians" included thieves and liars in their lot.

When they tried to get rid of the teaching of evolution in the schools, that tipped the balance, even though they were able to install a second rate lobbyist, Bob Corkins, as the state Director of Education. They also tried to eliminate the teaching of sex education and world history, two issues that the fundamentalists thought were important. Corkins went out with the sick theocratic majority.

Now they have a Governor who is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries. The next eight years will be rocky ones in Kansas.
+11 # photonracer 2011-01-14 08:48
The RSN readers would do well to watch an old Eddie Murphy movie "Trading Places". The Koch brothers fit the role of movie villains to a tee. Unfortunately they won't end up like movie villains. They obviously have so much money and influence they want to play with American society like their personal toy. Everything is boring to them. Their corruption is so deep they feel royally entitled to make these political and social adjustments.
The message they deliver to me is that they are beyond being American.
+11 # SkDo 2011-01-14 11:24
Quoting photonracer:
They obviously have so much money and influence they want to play with American society like their personal toy.

"Money to get power. Power to protect money." Medici family saying says it all.
+6 # AML 2011-01-14 12:31
I like the Wikileaks idea posted earlier. People can dismiss second hand information as opinion, but direct communication is hard to refute.
+6 # Todd Williams 2011-01-14 14:23
Pancho, Old John Brown, the abolitionist of "Bloody Kansas" fame, is undoubtedly rolling in his grave. The Koch Bros are true pigs. Despicable oinkers!
+8 # george beres 2011-01-14 15:49
Inherited wealth is a pox on our nation. Each parent should be allowed to leave a tangible legacy for children, but only minimal. Don't tax inheritance. Do away with most of it. Then we would not have such folly as given us by the Koch brothers, whose father's wallet was so fat. - George Beres
+2 # Dutty Boukman 2011-01-15 20:54
Yeah dumping inheritance would level the playing field. Definitely a good idea. But boodies corporations) without souls should go too. Money can organize but working people can't makes for an imbalance of power that kills democracy.
+4 # maddy 2011-01-14 18:37
Fred Koch made his millions by helping the Bolshrviks overthrow the USSR and 2 years later Russia became a communist country, didn't like Stalin, so he then went to favor the Hiterian policies of Hitler. Along came the American Liberty League that also favored the same policies, and like today the wealthy back them. Just like the Tea Party wanted to overthrow the government, at that time it was to oust FDR. Prescott Bush. Bush's grandfather also favored the hiterian policy.
+2 # Dutty Boukman 2011-01-15 20:56
Yep, the psychopaths are all the same.
The only remedy is to organize.
0 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-01-18 15:51
Prescott Bush was also tried for aiding and abed-ding the enemy, the Nazi's.. If they taught history instead of glossed over bull. Every one would know, that George Walker and Prescott Bush and Sinclair, Rockefeller and on and on went to trail.. We helped the Nazi's... Think they had their hands slapped.. Steal bread or get caught with a petty amount of pot and go to jail for years.. Rob a nation.. Retire with your brothers in arms in the Caymans and Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil.. and on.. were screwed until we organize and try not to be like them while we take over.. It's our world too suckers.. I'm just glad no one gets out alive.. garyray
+2 # Daisy 2011-01-16 20:25
Thales Academy. Tuition is $5,200/yr. There is a rather lengthy form to submit. A personal interview to see if the student applicant "fits". No overt indication of racial bias, but could avoid "mongrelism" of your child's education. It will dilute the public school and leave the problems. There will be a call to obtain state funding/reimbur sement:"it's not fair to make me pay for free education of the riff-raff.” A great money making scheme for someone with a political/finan cial agenda. Sorta like let's privatize [insert your favorite service here], "my [relative/contr ibutor] has a business that can handle that nicely."
The South is getting so radicalized, which started with Nixon's Southern Strategy. No genteelness needed these days, even to lure tourists to the beautiful gardens. However, Strange Fruit can still be found hanging from trees.
Busing is time consuming for the students. It is costly. However, “taxpayers” need to realize that our country will stay a world leader only if everybody is well educated. We really need to think about what our priorities are as a nation and reject the rantings of the Koch brothers and their ilk. Not likely to happen tho.

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