By Rudi Keller of the Columbia Tribune Feb 16, 2012
Billionaire conservative activist Rex Sinquefield seemed to embrace an unusual theory of why the U.S. has public schools speaking last Thursday in St. Charles – he said the Ku Klux Klan is responsible and that it was part of the racist hate group’s program for keeping blacks suppressed.
During a lecture at Lindenwood College, Sinquefield explained his opposition to teacher tenure this way:
“You know what. There was a column written and I hope I don’t offend anyone,” Sinquefield said. “There was published column by a man named Ralph Voss, who was a former judge in Missouri. He now owns and writes for a newspaper in Central Missouri called the Unterrified Democrat – what a name – and it's in Osage County, Missouri.
“And he starts off, something like this, he said a long time ago, decades ago, the Ku Klux Klan got together and said how can we really hurt the African-American children permanently? How can we ruin their lives? And what they designed was the public school system.”
The remarks were captured on video by former Tribune reporter Jason Rosenbaum, reporting for The Beacon on www.stlbeacon.org.