Parents demanded a Michigan school board member was fired on Tuesday after she tweeted ‘whiteness is evil’ and insisted Caucasian people are more dangerous than wild animals’.
Kesha Hamilton has written a series of inflammatory posts on the social media site claiming whiteness was ‘synonymous with racism’ and urging people to ‘be safe’ around ‘white folks’.
Hamilton, whose ex-husband is white, faced parents and teachers in a tense board meeting for Jackson Public Schools which required extra security due to protests staged at the school by a far-right group.
One mom insisted her ‘racist comments should not be condoned’.
Kesha Hamilton appeared before a board meeting for Jackson Public schools to discuss inflammatory tweets
Hamilton, pictured, wrote in December claiming ‘whiteness is evil’ while another post claimed white people were more dangerous than wild animals
Hamilton, whose ex-husband is white, has still failed to delete the tweets and defended the remarks at the board meeting
Hamilton runs her own consultancy Diversity Minds Consulting LCC aimed at tackling racism
On December 18 she wrote on Twitter: ‘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.’
In a separate post on December 3 she said: ‘The last thing you have to worry about is an animal – though that could be a very real threat… more dangerous are any white folks you may see on the trail… be safe!’
The mother-of-six doubled down on her statements which she has not deleted from her public profile.
She told the meeting this week: ‘We have to ask ourselves what are we angered over – the fact that it was said or the fact that it is true?’
She added: ‘We must educate ourselves [about] how these racial disparities are impacting us and our neighbors and not let them be successful in silencing us.’
She continues to work as a board member for Jackson Public Schools which represents several schools across Jackson, Michigan.
Hamilton was elected in 2020 though her term expires at the end of 2026.
It is unclear how much she is paid for the role.
Dailymail.com has contacted Jackson Public Schools for comment.
One parent told Tuesday’s meeting that Hamilton was ‘an angry and bitter judge’.
Mom Gina Hastings added: ‘ Someone in her influential position must be held to a high standard. She must be a representative for all students in the JPS system.
Controversial school board member Kesha Hamilton,pictured, frequently posts selfies on her social media profiles and has also endorsed anti-police tweets
A statement on Diversity Minds Consulting LCC reveals Hamilton was previously married to a white man, with the experience informing her current views
‘Her racist comments should not be condoned. How can all kids feel safe when physical characteristics over which they have no control are being called evil and dangerous.’
After the meeting, Hamilton insisted it had been a success, writing on Facebook: ‘Thank you Jackson! I can’t express enough how much each of you and your presence on Tuesday night meant personally to me.
‘Those in person and those online.’
She added: ‘I felt your support deeply in my spirit and what was also very clear was your recognition of the Real Issue. Our students. Our teachers. Our data. The continuation of a racial equity focus. And the embracing of diverse leadership.’
Hamilton, whose has also endorsed anti-police sentiments on social media, runs her own consultancy firm Diverse Minds Consulting, LCC, which claims to ‘fill the gaps that exist in the messaging and training of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and anti-racism’.
She claims in her biography on its website that she was inspired by her experiences of being married to a white man and having mixed raced children.
In 2020 she ran a campaign to become a board member of Jackson Public Schools which she successfully won.
At the time, she said three of her children attended schools under the board’s remit.
Hamilton was supported by some people at the meeting, with fellow teacher Paris Anderson claiming she was ‘compassionate and caring’
Last year, Hamilton became involved in a dispute with superintendent Jeff Beal who she accused of harassment and bullying.
However an independent investigation found there was not enough evidence to substantiate the claims.
Hamilton’s recent posts have attracted widespread outrage, prompting local far-right group Proud Boys to hand out flyers in the school which said ‘Jackson School Board hates White people.’
The school was forced to move Tuesday’s meeting after being warned of the possible attendance of ‘outside agitator groups’ by Jackson Police and Fire Services.
Prior to the meeting, Superintendent Jeff Beal said: ‘ I received attention from several concerned citizens within the last month who are frustrated with the racial tones or undertones of trustee Kesha Hamilton’s social media.
Local far-right group Proud Boys have been handing out leaflets saying ‘Jackson school board hates white people’ with Hamilton’s tweets pictured
Hamilton condemned the protest against her by far-right group Proud Boys on her Facebook page
‘The people in Jackson County who want to speak against (Hamilton) or want to speak on her behalf – I’m used to that.
‘It’s relatively calm and stable. But the minute we bring in outside agitators,
I’m working with law enforcement to try to create a secure entry and exit for the board and myself. The auditorium simply gives us a much better way to control the crowd.’
Hamilton has also endorsed controversial tweets calling to ‘abolish the police’
However during the meeting many defended Hamilton’s comments.
Myeshia Jones insisted she was not being hateful as she explained: ‘ Whiteness is the system, the ideology, the belief, the thought that because your skin is white, you are superior to Black people.
‘Because your skin is white you deserve better. Because your skin is white, you have better opportunities.’
Meanwhile Jackson High School teacher Paris Anderson told the meeting: ‘Hamilton is a caring and compassionate parent whose actions were not racist or anti-white.
Hamilton campaigned extensively to get the board member role in 2020 – her term will expire at the end of 2026 though she is facing calls to resign now
Hamilton works as a board member for Jackson Public Schools in Michigan – a role she campaigned for in 2020
‘Never once in these five years has she questioned me, a white man – a conservative Christian white man at that – in regards to teaching her children about their history, a history that is not mine.’
A spokesman for Diverse Minds Consulting told Dailymail.com: ‘Ms. Hamilton’s personal social media accounts are her own.
‘Ms. Hamilton has been open and clear of her intentions and we recognize the system of white supremacy and one of its tenants – whiteness – that she was referencing in her tweet.’