Black Texas Principal Suspended Over Critical Race Theory

James Whitfield is one of the latest innocent persons to become embroiled in the racist right-wing rhetoric about Critical Race
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Black Texas Principal James Whitfield is one of the latest innocent persons to become embroiled in the racist right-wing rhetoric about Critical Race Theory.

The heated (and ridiculous) debate over Critical Race Theory is turning Black educators into collateral damage. Somehow we just can’t get through to a particular demographic that the academic framework has literally nothing to do with demonizing white people in the classroom.

The most recent victim of the culture wars is a Black Texas principal, James Whitfield, who was placed on paid administrative leave after a man accused him of promoting “the conspiracy theory of systemic racism” at a heated Texas School board meeting in July.

Here’s what happened according to the Washington Post:

Whitfield, the first Black principal to run Colleyville Heritage High School, became embroiled in a local controversy over critical race theory at a July 26 school board meeting. A man introduced in the meeting as Stetson Clark called the principal out by name, in violation of the meeting’s rules, and demanded Whitfield be fired. Members of the audience hollered “fire him” and applauded, Whitfield said.

“That behavior was allowed and a month later, here we are,” the principal told The Post. “I’m placed on paid administrative leave.”

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