Sen. Dan Hall: Minneapolis ruined by integration [VIDEO]

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Hall: Integration ruined Minneapolis.
One gets the sense that the late Alabama governor and presidential candidate George Wallace might have appreciated Burnsville Sen. Dan Hall's rant about integration on the Senate floor this week.

"I watched Minneapolis get destroyed, so I not only didn't want my kids in the school system," he said during debate on defunding integration programs in the state's urban school districts. "I took them out of Minneapolis because they ruined our neighborhoods with integration and segregation. I was appalled and took my eight kids out."

Hall, who says he graduated from high school in Minneapolis with a sixth-grade reading ability, then went on to tell his colleagues that his best friends are "minority," and they don't like integration either. He wants to "treat everyone equally and with respect. Right down the line I teach my kids. I teach them every day we treat everyone with respect."

Just as long as everyone stays in their own neighborhoods, one imagines.

Hat tip: Minnesota Independependent.

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Justin Anderson
Justin Anderson

So let's get this straight. Senator Dan Hall had at a 6th grade level of literacy at graduation because his school was integrated. Not because of any short comings of his own but because he was forced by the government to sit in the same room as someone of another race. If I lived in Burnsville I sure wouldn't want this guy to be a representative of me in the State Senate. How Can Dan Hall's constituents expect him to be accountable to them when he doesn't even hold himself accountable for his lack of literacy he blames others.

anon
anon

Who are these straw man minority friends? And what is the definition of segregation and integration we're all working with? Can't imagine any minorities who want to do the Woolworth's lunch counter sit-ins all over again, men and women already paid for that in blood.

Pasquino
Pasquino

Hall makes a confused statement. Which was it that destroyed his Mpls school experience? Was it segregation or integration? He cites both. Maybe he meant to say DEsegregation and integration. Does he blame his 6th grade reading ability on black students? He's unclear about this too.

I recall seeing white and black kids hanging around together when the program started and thinking how superior the new generation was to my own. But it may just have been the opportunity integration gave them to know each other. So this new GOP drive attacking integration seems bizarre, dangerous, even (to borrow a label Michele Bachmann likes to use) UnAmerican.

rvm4
rvm4

"Destroyed?" A vibrant business, arts and culture, restaurant, sports, nightclub city can hardly be described as "destroyed." Are there neighborhoods that could used some cleaning up? Sure. Are there problems in the schools that could use tougher attention? Sure. Is there crime? Sure. But compare MInneapolis to any other city in America. If you come back and still think that Minneapolis has been "destroyed" you're quite the fool.

ArdGodfrey
ArdGodfrey

Hate to........but...........I've got to agree..........grew up here, still live here, witnessed the arrival of "inner city bussing" in the early 70's as an elementary student. Bleeding Heart politics have invited Users and Abusers here. Free Care at HCMC.........Minnesota Mean!

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