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NEA Statement on Midland, Arkansas School Board Vice President Clint McCance Remarks

WASHINGTON - October 29, 2010 -

The following statement may be attributed to NEA Executive Director John Wilson:

“History teaches us that hate must always be confronted. If people of good will do not stand strong against hate, hate will triumph, as it did in Nazi Germany in the 1930s and in Philadelphia, Mississippi in 1964. Hate can poison a society. When I read what Clint McCance, the Vice President of the Midland, Arkansas School Board, wrote on the Internet about gay people, my first concern was for the impressionable children and young people who might read it, and the harm his hateful and venomous words might do. My second thought was that Clint McCance must resign immediately from the school board. He has proven himself morally unfit to serve in such a position of trust.

“I am proud to be the executive director of an organization that has stood up and spoken out, without equivocation, for the health and safety of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) students. All students deserve a quality public education, including GLBT students. All students deserve a chance to succeed in life. No student who is subjected to hatred and intimidation can learn to his or her potential. The National Education Association is committed to working with communities and parents to make all of our schools safe and supportive for all students. I am convinced that together, educators and other responsible adults can form an invincible alliance against the Clint McCances of this world. We will not let them win. We will not let hate destroy this great country of ours.”

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The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization, representing 3.2 million elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty, education support professionals, school administrators, retired educators and students preparing to become teachers.

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