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Parents at a Michigan school board meeting confronted a school board member for making incendiary – and racist – comments about white people in a series of tweets in December. Many demanded her resignation, but the school board member took the opportunity to double down on her remarks.
In December, Kesha Hamilton, a member of the Jackson school board, tweeted:
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
In another tweet, in response to a user who tweeted about being a black man hiking in the woods, she wrote: “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!”
During the meeting, parents called Hamilton out for her racist tweets. One asked how all kids can “feel safe when physical characteristics over which they have no control are being called evil and dangerous.”
Another noted that Hamilton was “not addressing the disparities,” but “adding to them by your hurtful remarks.”
Hamilton responded by justifying her comments and playing the victim. “What I understand from being a woman in this American nation, and a Black woman specifically, is that sometimes others would rather I not exercise any of my rights as outlined in the Constitution. I do not apologize for exercising any of my rights,” she said.
When she is not busy posting racist tweets and handling her school board duties, Hamilton works as a consultant for her company, Diverse Minds Consulting, LLC, which provides “racial equity consultation, coaching, and training” to bring about “transformation in your organizations,” according to her website.
I could do the obvious and surmise as to how it would be received, if the races were swapped and a white person made the same comments about black people. But we already know how that would play out, don’t we?
Instead, I’d rather go a bit deeper.
If folks like Hamilton truly wished to address racial disparities, what sense does it make to insult those who she would need to enlist as allies? Why does her ilk seem to believe that hurling racist remarks at white people will make them want to work with her to advance the cause of “equity?”
We have seen this behavior time and time again from the hard left, whose proponents claim they wish to eliminate the impact of racism in American society. Sure, this rhetoric might cow certain white-guilt laden individuals to donate money or otherwise assist these people. But in general, it would only alienate those you wish to reach, would it not?
Perhaps people like Hamilton aren’t as serious about uplifting black America as they seem. Maybe this is just another way to grift by pretending they are trying to promote diversity, while taking checks from various organizations who want to appear as if they are not racist. Any sane person with an IQ higher than room temperature knows you can’t insult people into seeing things your way. The fact that she would make these comments publicly, and then double down on them, seems to be an indicator that “equity” is not her true objective. If this is the case, what is she trying to accomplish?