Democrat slams her own party for prioritizing migrants: Black lives only seem to matter “in election years.”
A Georgia Democrat has had enough of some members of her own party, accusing them of prioritizing illegal immigrants over black children as they struggle to stay afloat academically and economically.
Rep. Mesha Mainor, D., is a staunch supporter of school choice and on Monday on Fox & Friends denounced Georgia Democrats for helping immigrant families while poor residents struggle with basic necessities.
“I was talking to someone who works with migrants the other day, and when I spoke about my constituents, she said, ‘Well, what about this program?’ And then she had to… step back for a moment,” Mainor told Ainsley Earhardt on Monday.
“And she said, ‘Oh, but this is only for migrants.’ And so there are so many services that… from a humanitarian point of view, certainly. Give them those humanitarian aspects. But if you walk down the street in Atlanta, Georgia now, you’ll see kids on the corner selling water because they’re trying to make money for their household.”
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“They don’t have lights on … to do homework and that’s just a much broader problem than people realize,” she continued.
Mainor drew attention to the issue after she posted a video on Twitter over the weekend in which she accused her peers of trying to oust her over her school choice stance.
“It’s ironic. I say every election year I listen to Black Lives Matter.” But do they? I see every other minority has priority, except black kids who live in poverty and can’t read,” Mainor said in the video.
“So Send $1,000,000 to the border for immigration services, but black communities, not even a salute. I’m sorry, I don’t agree with that,” she added. “I’m not giving up and I’m actually just getting started.”
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She even accused some of her fellow MPs of offering checks for $1,000 “to anyone who wants to run against them.”
majors deep blue 56th house district extends from Southwest Atlanta to the Midtown area and includes schools in dire need of improvement. She said some schools in her area perform in the low single digits in math and/or reading.
And politicians are not doing enough to counteract the widening academic gap, she argued.
“We act like we care about black people and in my opinion we do very little for black people and when it comes to something like school choice it really helps black people. It helps children with disabilities,” Mainor said.
“So we’re putting the focus on a lot of other minorities, and I’m not saying those other minorities aren’t important, but I feel like we’re putting black people at the bottom of the totem pole,” she continued.
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School choice advocates also advocate the expansion of charter schools, which have grown rapidly in Georgia in recent years, and where many students from minority groups make up the majority of their enrollments.
Charter schools are publicly funded schools that are independently run and include students who are not in the immediate area. They are also often opposed to teachers’ unions, as their teachers are generally non-union.
Mainor said parents in her district are supportive of school choice and the backlash from her peers on the issue is a “slap in the face” to those who support their right to choose where their children attend school.
“My parents want a free choice of school,” said Mainor. “I have the most charter schools in my county than any other county in the state of Georgia, so it’s important for my party and my colleagues to say that all of these parents who have chosen charter schools and are choosing school choices are irrelevant and not.” Importantly, not only is it a slap in the face, but they also slap every single parent in my county who uses these services in the face.
According to the NAEP Report Card, average math and reading scores in Georgia fell 9.8 points and 6.3 points, respectively, from 2017 to 2022.
Fox News’ David Rutz and Brian Flood contributed to this report.