A school board member in a Michigan district is being described as “angry and bitter” after a number of racist posts denigrating “whiteness.”
Jackson County School board member Kesha Hamilton faced backlash during a public comment period on Tuesday after her tweets blasting white people, Fox News reported.
The tweets, shared by the Libs of TikTok account, show the Hamilton, who appears to be black, posting, “These White women are the stupidest,” and calling “Whiteness” an “evil.”
School board member of @jpsvikings has a history of making racist comments. She says whiteness is evil and causes trauma, calls white people stupid, dangerous, and difficult to be near.
This person is responsible for the education of thousands of children. pic.twitter.com/JHVSv48M1Z
— Libs of TikTok (@libsoftiktok) January 18, 2023
“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 #Perfidous,” she said, adding that whites are more dangerous than animals.
“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!” she said in December.
In a comment to Fox News when asked about her posts, she responded, “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.”
“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.,” she went on.
She did not, however, mention anything about the black-on-black crime and murder rates in big cities like Chicago, Washington, D.C., and St. Louis.
As for the danger in the woods tweet, she explained that it “refers to the challenges black people in the United States continue to face when attempting to establish and protect their right to freedom of movement…. The United States has a longstanding history of efforts aimed at keeping black people from enjoying freedom of movement and restricting them from entering spaces that have been racialized as white.”
It should be noted that there are no statutes on the books anywhere in the country or in federal law restricting anyone’s freedom of movement, nor have there been in at least a century.
As reported by MLive Media, several people took the occasion of the public comment period earlier this week to call Hamilton out over her racist views.
“Someone in her influential position must be held to a high standard. She must be a representative for all students in the JPS system,” a parent named Gina Hastings said, calling 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,” Hastings added.
Another speaker, Jackie Leslie, added: “You are 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.”