Video: Racist School Board Member Defends Calling White People More Dangerous than ‘Animals’
A school board member for Jackson Public Schools in Michigan has generated a significant backlash from her local community and the nation after she made social media posts where she said that whiteness was ‘evil.’
The posts were discovered this month and led to significant backlash from parents in the school district.
In one post, Jackson Public Schools board member Kesha Hamilton said that living around white people is ‘incredibly difficult.’
In another, she went so far as to say that white folks are more dangerous than animals.
Fire Kesha Hamilton for this pic.twitter.com/EP57JxDkcJ
— Nate B (@natedog_906) January 18, 2023
‘The last thing you have to worry about is an animal – though that could be a very real threat… more dangerous are any white folks you may see on the trail… be safe!’ She said.
In another post made two weeks later, Hamilton called whiteness ‘evil’ and implied that white people are inherently manipulative.
‘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.’
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.. #Deceitful #Perfidious
— Kesha Hamilton (@kchamp06) December 18, 2022
The post has only received six likes, but a flood of primarily negative replies now totals over two hundred.
While Hamilton has kept a number of the posts up and her Twitter profile public, she has blocked some accounts critical of her rhetoric, including the conservative celebrity account ‘Libs of TikTok.’
Apparently Kesha Hamilton doesn’t like seeing her own tweets being screenshotted and shared. pic.twitter.com/Q0QtdCsZvK
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) January 19, 2023
While Hamilton has received significant negative attention nationally and on social media, parents at Jackson Public Schools have also shown up at school board meetings condemning her public statements.
The Issue culminated in a tense school board meeting this week that included numerous people speaking out against Hamilton while some members of the community and people who knew her defended her.
Hamilton also took the opportunity to defend herself at the meeting.
Parents line up to slam woke Michigan school board member Kesha Hamilton for saying 'whiteness is evil' and that white people are more dangerous than WILD ANIMALS https://t.co/og81TzOs2Z
— A.C. Spollen (@ACSpollen) January 20, 2023
Gina Hastings, a mother in the Jackson Public Schools district, was one of the multiple parents to speak out against the embattled school board member.
‘Someone in her influential position must be held to a high standard. She must be a representative for all students in the JPS system.
‘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.’ Hastings added.
During the portion of the meeting where Hamilton was allowed to defend her actions, she struck a defiant rather than apologetic tone, saying that angry parents should ‘educate themselves’ and that they were angry because her statements were true.
She told the meeting this week: ‘We have to ask ourselves what are we angered over – the fact that it was said or the fact that it is true?’
She added: ‘We must educate ourselves [about] how these racial disparities are impacting us and our neighbors and not let them be successful in silencing us.’
Myeisha Jones, who claimed to be Hamilton’s ‘sister and friend,’ came out to speak in support of her.
Jones attempted to ‘educate’ attendees on what Hamilton was referring to in her posts, claiming that she was not referring to white people specifically but a ‘system’ of whiteness.
Hamilton made a post on Facebook saying that the meeting went well, thanking her supporters for showing up to speak on her behalf.
‘Thank you, Jackson! I can’t express enough how much each of you and your presence on Tuesday night meant personally to me.
She added: ‘I felt your support deeply in my spirit and what was also very clear was your recognition of the Real Issue. Our students. Our teachers. Our data. The continuation of a racial equity focus. And the embracing of diverse leadership.’
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