Officials with Washington, D.C.,’s Public Schools (DCPS) are refusing to condemn a racist call from their communications director to “get rid of” all white men.
Hilary Tone, who serves as DCPS communication director, posted her desire to “abolish” white men after President-elect Donald Trump chose Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy. Tone retweeted an article about Trump taping Perry for an agency he once suggested abolishing, saying “in that case, I’d like to be Secretary of White Men.”
Tone also took to her Facebook page to make a similar call to eliminate white men, writing, “If wanting to get rid of something qualifies you to run it, I would like to be Secretary of White Men.”
DCPS released a tepid statement on the incident and officials repeatedly refused to publicly condemn Tone’s posts. The DCPS is predominately black, which makes up 64 percent of the student body. Hispanics are next, accounting for 18 percent of the student body and 13 percent are white.“The social media posts were said on an employee’s personal social media accounts and do not reflect the views of DC Public Schools, which prides itself on being an inclusive organization regardless of race, ethnic background, religion, sex, language, family’s income level, or immigration status,” read the statement from DCPS.
Tone issued her own apology tweet after backlash to her initial posts, but has since restricted access to her account.
“Hey Internet – upon reading my mentions, it occurs to me that my tweet about white men earlier today was in poor taste. My apologies.” read the follow up tweet from Tone.
A DCPS spokesman said their official statement will be their only public response to the situation and refused to discuss the possibility of disciplinary action for Tone.
A government official in West Virginia recently lost her job after writing a tweet from her account calling First Lady Michelle Obama an “ape in heels.” Pamela Taylor was fired from her job as director of Clay County Development Corp. for the tweet in early November.
Beverly Whaling, the former mayor of Clay County, resigned after commenting that the racist tweet “just made my day.” Nearly 1,500 people signed a petition in the wake of the incident calling for the resignation of the public officials.
Taylor will reportedly be reinstated to her position at the Clay County Development Corp. Dec. 23.
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