The outspoken conservative actress called the decision by the United States Department of Justice to sue the state for allowing students from low-income families in the state’s lowest-ranked schools to use public money to attend private schools “absurd.” Her comments came on the heels of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s (R) calls for the DoJ to drop the suit.
“I just think it’s absurd. The natural evolution of a well-educated populous is integration, and for them to deny a child a better education because of the color of their skin is ludicrous and defeating the purpose. It shows just how out-of-touch this administration is with their own people that they say they want to help…This is not 1965,” Dash told Fox News‘ “Hannity.” “This is proof to me that this administration is a bunch of bullies. They need to drop these charges.”
Dash added that she could relate to the students benefiting from Louisiana’s program, as she was stuck in sub-par public schools in the Bronx and Los Angeles before her parents could afford to send her to private school.
“I’m not saying public schools are bad, I’m not saying that the failing schools in Louisiana can’t improve over time, but these kids that Gov. Jindal [is] trying to help don’t have the time to wait,” she continued. “This is not theoretical, this is not political. This is not even partisan. This is from my own experience, and that’s why I am so passionate about it…When you’ve got education, you’ve got knowledge and power and confidence to go out in the world.”
Dash also made a bit of a surprising revelation in Saturday’s interview: that she in fact voted for President Barack Obama over Arizona Sen. John McCain in the 2008 presidential election.
“I didn’t know anything about [Obama] when I voted for him in 2008. My choice to do so was purely because he was black. Naively, I thought he would be the right person for the job but unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way,” she said. “Obama had the opportunity to really unite this country in such a profound way, but instead he has done the opposite. We are so divided right now, everything has become about race, more than I’ve ever known in my lifetime.”
The “Clueless” actress has also made headlines this year for her support of former Food Network star Paula Deen following allegations that she once called her African-American employees the N-word. Her decision to publicly announce her support for 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney last fall earned her a snub by black women’s lifestyle magazine “Madame Noire” in April.
Watch Dash’s interview on “Hannity” below.