Texas officials admit that beloved black principal was fired for opposition to racism

Facebook / James Whitfield

Facebook / James Whitfield

Texas Board of Education members yell out the quiet part, Beloved black high school principal Those who shared his stance on racism in the wake of George Floyd’s death were kicked out of work because they were “perfect activists.”

Dr. James WhitfieldIn 2020, he became the first black principal of Collieville High School to write to the school community about police atrocities after Floyd’s murder. Leave of absence July 2020.

“He encourages the turmoil and destruction of our district,” former school board candidate Stetson Clark said at the board at the time. Texas Tribune report.

In September 2021, the school district unanimously resolved not to renew Whitfield’s contract, causing turmoil among many parents, students and teachers.His critics insisted on the “letter about education” he wrote to the community. [being] “The key to trampling on ignorance, hatred, and systematic racism” was equivalent to implementing critical racial theory at school.

Tammy Nakamura may be unfamiliar with the Grapevine-Colleyville school board, but she weights Whitfield’s controversial departure at a gathering of school board members hosted by the Republican National Committee last month. Did not stop.

To Event page, RNC, the group held a meeting on June 26, prior to the next local, state and federal elections, “Problems raised by parents, successful elections to make a difference, parents / How successful the students were. ” You can participate. “

Mr Nakamura was listed as a “prominent elected councilor” speaking at the conference.

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and Video of the posted event On July 8th, Nakamura can be seen commenting on Whitfield’s departure to the Colleyville Citizens for Facebook Group Accountability. After Whitfield claimed to have attracted public attention to the school district for marrying a white woman, Nakamura said it was probably the principal’s awakened agenda that led to his expulsion.

“I went last week and read the entire file,” she said during the meeting.

“That’s the straw that broke the camel’s back … I fired him,” Nakamura said, referring to a letter Whitfield sent to his parents about targeting racism and hatred, showing the activist’s agenda. Insisted. “There is absolute evidence [of] What he was trying to do, “she said.

Nakamura did not elaborate on the content of Whitfield’s letter, but she categorically claimed to have a list of other educators in the school system with similar motives.

“They have to stop now,” she added. “They are just poisons and they are defeating our school, so we can’t have such a teacher in our school.”

however, Collie Building Community Novice school board members pushed back, saying they were trying to fear mongering with “inconsistent” and “wrong” claims for politics.

“First, Tammy Harris Nakamura, your story is inconsistent, so it’s hard to follow your false claims.” Amin Girani Colleyville Citizens Accountability on Facebook Group.

“Second, Dr. James Whitfield was targeted because he was able to deal with George Floyd’s murder and help all students with questions and thoughts about inequality and injustice.” Girani writes. “James is an asset to our community, not a poison.”

“It sounds like the 15th century, but I’m trying to prosecute an Old World Inquisition.” Karl Meek We asked and posted about the motivations of board members for educators with different political views. “Next, do you round up the’toxic teacher’, shackle it, and then sentence the’Tower of Colleyville’ to uncertain imprisonment? Do the old ones have to be new again? “

Another Colleyville resident proposed a list of Nakamura’s “poisoned” teachers. Employment hit list.. “

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Others questioned why Nakamura even had access to view the educator’s files and whether it was a privacy breach.

“Well, Tami, that wasn’t what the HR director read at the public meeting,” wrote a substitute teacher at the Grapevine Colleyville School District. David Benedet.. “”[By the way] .. Why are you revealing confidential personnel issues? “

according to Star telegramWhitfield is on paid leave until his resignation officially takes effect in August 2023.

Neither Nakamura nor Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District immediately returned a request for comment.

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