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GOP Candidate to Black Opponent: You Can “Dust Off” The Color Purple But You Won’t Win

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A GOP candidate for state school superintendent in Georgia has infuriated some Democrats by focusing on race instead of the issues important to Georgia’s children.

Democrat Valarie Wilson

Democrat Valarie Wilson

During a breakfast meeting of the Cobb Republican Party, GOP candidate Richard Woods railed against opponent Valarie Wilson, a black Democrat, but not for the reasons you’d think.

“They may dust off their copies of their VHS copies of ‘The Color Purple,’ but it isn’t going to happen, all right? We are going to remain Republican red in our state, and we’re going to move this state forward so that we can do the very best, and again, I look forward to being your next state school superintendent of schools,” Wood said, according to The Marietta Daily Journal.

Woods also lambasted the Department of Education and liberals in general.

“We have to make sure that our kids know our history. They are going to know the true American history,” Woods said. “It will not be liberalism, it will not be progressivism, but it will be something that is based on our Founding Fathers. It will be the Constitution, it will be the Declaration of Independence, it will be the Federalist Papers. We will teach the truth, because last time I heard, the truth will set you free, OK?”

Attorney Kenya Pierre of Smyrna, a Democrat running for the Post 2 seat on the Cobb Board of Education, told the paper she really didn’t understand why the movie “The Color Purple” had become a part of the conversation.

“I have no idea what VHS tapes or ‘The Color Purple’ or anything has to do with bettering education for our children,” Pierre said. “To bring ‘The Color Purple’ in, it makes me wonder: ‘What are you alluding to?’ Are you alluding to you want things to be back the way they were where slavery was dominant? Are you alluding to the fact that you don’t want diversity within your state where there was a separation of what African- Americans could do and could not do? I don’t know.”