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Kesha Hamilton, a Michigan school board member is facing serious backlash and calls for her resignation over her social media posts.
The posts include tweets that say “whiteness is evil” and that white people are “more dangerous” than animals.
She defended herself at a Jackson Board of Education meeting on Tuesday. Parents said her comments were “appalling” and “disgraceful”, but some showed their support for her.
Parents took the most issue with a particular tweet from December 18, which read:
“Whiteness is so evil. it manipulates then says, I won’t apologize for my dishonesty and trauma-inducing practices and thinks you should applaud it for being honest about its ability to manipulate and be dishonest.”
She had another tweet from December that said, “The last thing you have to worry about is an animal – though that could be a very real threat.. more dangerous are any whites you may see on the trail.. be safe!”
The parents said the posts were divisive.
“Someone in her influential position must be held to a high standard. She must be a representative for all students in the JPS system,” parent Gina Hastings said, according to MLive. She called Hamilton “angry and bitter.”
“Her racist comments should not be condoned. How can all kids feel safe when physical characteristics over which they have no control are being called evil and dangerous,” she added.
Another speaker, Jackie Leslie, told Hamilton that she was “not addressing the disparities, you are adding to them by your hurtful remarks. Your words are not unifying our community. Your words are dividing our community.”
However, some people present voiced their support for her.
“Never once in these five years has she questioned me, a white man – a conservative Christian white man at that – in regards to teaching her children about their history, a history that is not mine,” Jackson High School teacher Paris Anderson said.
Hamilton works as a racial equity consultant and she is the chair of the City of Jackson’s Racial Equity Commission.
Hamilton explained her reasoning for her comments in a statement to Fox News.
“Whiteness defined is ‘white racialized identity (which) refers to the way that white people, their customs, culture and beliefs operate as the standard by which all other groups are compared,” she said.
“Whiteness is a construct, a normalization with a foundation in white supremacy, recent examples of the normalization of whiteness with a foundation of white supremacy are the murder of George Floyd, the massacre of Black residents in Buffalo, NY, the attempted kidnapping of MI Governor Whitmer, the attack on our Democracy on January 6th, 2021, inconsistencies of our criminal justice system, etc.”
The school district has upped its security at the now unusually large meetings due to flyers from the Proud Boys and the incendiary nature of Hamilton’s tweets.
No actions have been taken against hamilton at this time.