Question: What percentage of Utah minorities in public school never graduate from high school?
Answer: 40%. Vouchers can help this problem.
Rebuttal: You are a racist.
Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com, and supporter of vouchers, made the point recently that failure to graduate from high school is nearly akin to a death sentence for most students who don't graduate. Here are his words:
Right now, 40 percent of Utah minorities are not graduating from high school. You may as well burn those kids. That's the end of their life. That's the end of their ability to achieve in this society if they do not get a high school education. You might as, just throw the kids away.My interpretation of this statement is this: if you don't encourage alternative ways for youth to graduate from high school, to include vouchers, then you are in essence encouraging them to throw their lives away.
Being that (1) Byrne is in favor of vouchers, and (2) vouchers are a very likely avenue for graduation from high school for those--including minorities--who currently don't graduate, I'm reasonably confident that this is an accurate interpretation of Byrne's comments.
Byrne did not attempt to disparage minorities, but hopes, through vouchers, to do the opposite. Jeanetta Williams, of the NAACP, sees it differently. Williams seems bent on finding racism under every rock and behind every tree.
Jeanetta Williams, a voucher opponent and president of the NAACP's Salt Lake branch, said the videotaped comments shocked her and she believes Byrne meant that minorities who don't graduate should be burned or thrown away.Yes, but that was Williams' interpretation of those words, not Byrne's. Clearly Williams' interpretation is wrong. Did I mention that Jeanetta Williams is opposed to vouchers? She is.
"Those were his words, not mine," she said.