The rumor that Clark Hall was about to get an endorsement and national fundraising help from the DCCC has been floating around now for a couple of weeks. This of course as Clark Hall has a primary challenge and has thus far refused to explain his involvement with a school founded by a racist organization. Well apparently, some national folks are watching this and seeing how the DCCC is going to behave in this race. From the national progressive blog DownWithTyranny, which was already watching Arkansas due to the Aden Campaign:
[Hall]‘s also known for sending his children to a segregationist Private School called the Marvell Academy. The Marvell Academy and it’s sister school, the DeSoto Academy, were the brain child of the White Citzens Council, (now currently the Council of Conservative Citzens) in the late 1950′s in the Delta Regions of Arkansas and Mississippi. If you were a southern white racist during the 1960′s and were concerned about President Eisenhower sending federal troops to integrate the schools and the prospect of your fourth grade child having to share the same air as another African-American fourth grade child? Fear no longer! Private Schools were your answer. Recent demographic of children attending the Marvell Academy reveal that it is 99% Anglo, and the 1% you might ask? The 1% is Asian.
A quick look at a recent Census report shows that Phillips Co. Arkansas, where the Marvell Academy is located, has a population of almost 22,000 people. 63% of the residents in Phillips County are black while 35% are white. Given these numbers, it’s hard to understand how a private school can exist without schooling at least ONE black child and claim that this isn’t intentional or worst that the white supremacist roots present at it’s founding 50 years ago are not still flourishing in it’s culture and academia.
This brings us back to Rep. Clark Hall and his meteoric rise in the Blue Dog Coalition. Less than a week after his announcement for Congress, he had secured the endorsement of congressional Blue Dog Caucus in Washington. Within a month of his announcement Blue Dog PAC had thrown him a fundraiser in Little Rock, Arkansas and another in Washington DC allowing Clark Hall the ability to report a little over $100,000 in political contributions. The Blue Dogs then demanded that the DCCC endorse him– and, of course, that made perfect sense to “ex”-Blue Dog Steve Israel, the DCCC chairman and anti-progressive corporate shill. But what about the DCCC’s policy of neutrality in primaries? They’ve always been full of shit when it comes to that, despite their protestations to the contrary. The DCCC now lists Hall on the “Emerging Races Red to Blue List,” Hall publicly vowing to not support Leader Nancy Pelosi. Everyone knows that’s just fine with Israel, who would love to replace Pelosi with Steny Hoyer anyway.
One has to wonder, either the DCCC feels so desperate to win a race in the South, that they will take whoever can raise the most money, or do they cynically believe all Southerners are inherently racist hicks and “well that’s just life.”
If the DCCC weighs in with an endorsement on this with Marvell Academy hanging over Hall’s head it’s going to land on them like a load of bricks. Watch it-progressives in the Netroots will pounce on it, and I’m sure members of the Congressional Black Caucus and a number of other African American organizations will not be happy with them either. The DCCC can take that poison pill if they want but hey, caveat emptor.
Clark Hall owes the people who are going to vote for him in this race an explanation on this. So far, he’s refused to give them that (or much else for that matter). Regardless of whether he does or doesn’t, this should be left to the voters in the first congressional district without the party players trying to influence things. It’s why we have a primary after all.