Racism injected into Kansas school funding debate


Is Kathy Cook, head of Kansas Families for Education, a self-styled advocacy group for Kansas public education, using a false claim of racism to advance her political goals and discredit an opponent?

Yes, she is.

At issue — in Cook’s mind, anyway — is a photo used to illustrate a story about Kansas public school funding at Kansas Liberty. That’s a subscription news site published by Mary Pilcher Cook, a conservative Kansas senator.

The photo is visible on the front page of Kansas Liberty, although it isn’t present on the article’s own page, which seems to follow the usual practice at this site that covers Kansas news.

Somehow, because the model in the photograph is black, Cook makes the leap and asserts that school funding is a racially-charged issue.

And for some reason, the Lawrence Journal-World thinks Cook’s charges are newsworthy.

Cook even tries to link the use of the photo to a common charge of the left: that anyone who criticizes any of President Barack Obama’s policies or actions is de facto racist.

Don’t liberals like Cook tell us that we live in a post-racial world, that we’re supposed to be beyond things like this?

Some people, however, will use any device for political benefit. A recent column by Thomas Sowell started with this: “Many people hoped that the election of a black President of the United States would mark our entering a ‘post-racial’ era, when we could finally put some ugly aspects of our history behind us. That was quite understandable. But it takes two to tango. Those of us who want to see racism on its way out need to realize that others benefit greatly from crying racism. They benefit politically, financially, and socially.”

It’s really quite shameful for Kathy Cook to try to gain a political advantage for her cause by using trumped-up charges of racism where none exists.


6 responses to “Racism injected into Kansas school funding debate”

  1. James

    Truly sad.

  2. Bethel

    Democrats have been using the race card for years. It has not worked in the past and it will not work in the future. Pilcher-Cook will do just fine.

  3. It seems to me that since Obama has been elected, the racial problems have been exacerbated. It also seems that whites are more interested it embracing a future where all men are treated equally and blacks have grown fond of being the protected class.

  4. Wichitator

    For a white lady like Ms. Cook to play the race card is despicable. However, I believe that the Kansasmeadowlark.com web site had exposed the fact that Ms. Cook, who regularly advocates for higher taxes for Kansans, neglected to pay her own property taxes and ended up on the delinquent taxpayers list in Johnson County. This report from the Kansasmeadowlark happened a couple of years ago.

    The real story would be about Ms. Cook’s tax hypocrisy. Who does she think she is: A member of the U.S. Congress like Rep. Rangel; or a member of President Obama’s cabinet?

  5. Cybex

    Ms Cook is a Republican Pro-Life Legislator who wears the label proudly and the liberals hate her for that. People that live in “glass houses” should not throw stones. There are plenty of liberal Democrats that have also not paid their taxes; have accepted bribes; and have several DUIs.

  6. Benjamin

    Divide and conquer. Both left and right have and are still usingit. Wake up people!

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