White Wisconsin schools candidate faces backlash for racially ‘insensitive’ tweet

White Wisconsin schools candidate faces backlash for racially ‘insensitive’ tweet


A white woman vying to become Wisconsin’s schools superintendent shut down her Twitter account amid backlash over her sharing a story of being called the N-word — with critics calling her post tone deaf.

The controversial post late Tuesday by candidate Deborah Kerr came in response to a tweet from the co-host of a podcast called Race Through Education.

“When was the first time someone called you the N-word?” Madison Payton tweeted to his 6,400-plus followers. “I was 18.”

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Kerr wrote in response, according to screenshots: “I was 16 in high school and white – my lips were bigger than most and that was the reference given to me.”

Another user then asked Kerr how that experience affected her.

“It made me realize that we are all different and that is the gift we give to one another,” Kerr replied.

Reaction to Kerr’s post on the day of Wisconsin’s primary for state superintendent of schools was swift – with

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