Fairfield Public Schools’ Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion retweets posts on Twitter demeaning “white people”
On August 4, 2022, CT Insider reported that the director of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Fairfield Public Schools retweeted posts on Twitter mocking and demeaning “white people.” In one retweet, she shared a post that stated: “Do you ever WTF WHITE PEOPLE even though you are a white people?” In another retweet, she shared a post that stated:
This is one of those times I have to say, “What the fuck, white people?” It’s getting to where I hate to acknowledge [being] Caucasian. The fact of the matter is, this country is coming apart at the seams, and WHITE PEOPLE ARE THE ONES DRIVING IT.
The news outlet further reported that the equity director attempted to apologize while claiming that she was referring to a “nationalist group.” CT Insider provided her statement:
Recently, I retweeted a series of Tweets, including one from the mayor of Boston, that represented the concerns and sentiments of others about a march that occurred in Boston during the July 4th weekend by a nationalist group. In retweeting these messages, it was never my intention to hurt others or be divisive. If it was perceived that way, I apologize. On the contrary, my goal is always to build community, facilitate understanding, and help us work together for the better good of our students, community, and country.
The district’s equity director has since locked her Twitter account and protected her tweets. On October 27, 2021, the school district’s executive director of curriculum posted a statement on hiring this new equity director. He explained that her start date was November 1, 2021. He provided the following statement about hiring her:
She will provide leadership in systemic equity and instructional practice. Her primary role is to foster the academic and social/emotional growth of all students through the promotion of a culture of community, diversity and inclusion, and to address issues and opportunities of equity that impact student learning.
The school district still has a document online of the position’s description. The document explains that the position is a contract with a “twelve-month assignment.” The position also “reports directly to the Superintendent of Schools.” One of her responsibilities is “bolstering racial equity leadership.” The document explains that she will: “Collaborate with district administration in bolstering their racial equity leadership, collaboration approaches and communication to ensure all employees fulfill their roles as leaders for racial equity.” A requirement for the position is to demonstrate “sound judgement” and “emotional maturity.”