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State superintendent candidate Deborah Kerr apologizes for racially insensitive tweet

February 18, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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“I was 16 in high school and white — my lips were bigger than most and that was the reference given to me,” Kerr wrote in a post that has

State superintendent candidate Deborah Kerr deleted her Twitter account Wednesday and apologized for a racially insensitive tweet in which she responded to a post asking people generally to recall the first time they were called the N-word. In a response to a tweet from Madison Payton, a New York University doctoral student and co-host of a podcast titled Race Through Education, Kerr wrote: “I was 16 in high school and white — my lips were bigger than most and that was the reference given to me. ”

She was not able to read the room, or understand the technology and how people understand these spaces as sacred, even though it is a public medium. ”Kerr, a former Brown Deer School District superintendent, posted her response at 5:40 p. m. Tuesday, the same day she placed second in the seven-person primary for state superintendent of schools, advancing to the April 6 election against Pecatonica School District Superintendent Jill Underly. On Wednesday morning, Nada Elmikashfi, chief of staff to state Rep. Francesca Hong, D-Madison, tweeted: “As someone who has been bullied relentlessly and called a monkey and a (N-word) for having big lips — this is just not the level of Karen I wanted to see the day after your primary win. ”The name “Karen” has become a pejorative reference to white, middle-class women who make aggressive, racially insensitive comments. Madison School Board member Savion Castro tweeted a response to Kerr Wednesday morning saying, “This makes me profoundly sad and angry tho.

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