The NAACP Just Issued The Following Statement To The Teacher Who Called Michelle Obama A ‘Chimp’

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The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) released a statement calling for an Arkansas high school teacher to be fired for an alleged racist rant about President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. The teacher posted racial slurs on his Facebook page.

According to Arkansas ABC affiliate KATV, the Malvern School District confirmed the Facebook comments were allegedly made by high school teacher, Trent Bennett,

In a statement, President of the Arkansas State Conference of the NAACP Youth and College Division Christopher Kingsby wrote about the science teacher’s racially charged comments:

‘It is definitely heart breaking to know that in 2016 we have so little respect for our President of the United States of America and our First Lady, to recognize them as “a Nasty Chimp” and “Spider Monkey.”’

Kingsby said that social media is not the appropriate medium for personal comments, given that information is readily accessible, and teachers are role models for their students:

‘Social media is not always an excellent source of information and social media accounts have been found to be easy to hack. I would hope that a public servant especially a high school teacher who is surrounded by teenagers who are looking to their teachers for guidance wouldn’t make a comment of sort. The educational setting or any setting of any sort for a public servant is appropriate to make this comment.’

President Kingsby said that the NAACP of Arkansas will “not be silenced,” especially given the number of public officials using social media for “negative influence:

‘As President Aaron has said in a press release regarding the issue if this allegation is found to be true we will demonstrate in Malvern, Arkansas as we did in Blevins, Arkansas. The NAACP of the State of Arkansas will not be silence [sic] nor tolerate this type of action. It has become very common to see public officials use their platform of influence for negative influence.’

In a profound statement, Kingsby reminded people that the president and first family deserve all the respect that comes with the office, but not only for that reason. Each individual deserves respect of “being a human being.”

‘We owe our first family and our president the respect that not only comes with the office of President but the respect of being a human being, and when President-Elect Trump takes office I would hope we would treat him with the same respect we would treat President Obama with.’

High school graduate Tabitha Hughes, from Malvern High School where the science teacher works, said:

‘It’s unbelievable, I’m in shock about it, we just want the right thing to happen.

‘This community, we don’t, I have never seen a teacher to boldly do stuff like that.’

The full NAACP statement in its entirity is below:

‘It is definitely heart breaking to know that in 2016 we have so little respect for our President of the United States of America and our First Lady, to recognize them as “a Nasty Chimp” and “Spider Monkey”. Social media is not always an excellent source of information and social media accounts have been found to be easy to hack. I would hope that a public servant especially a high school teacher who is surrounded by teenagers who are looking to their teachers for guidance wouldn’t make a comment of sort. The educational setting or any setting of any sort for a public servant is appropriate to make this comment. As President Aaron has said in a press release regarding the issue if this allegation is found to be true we will demonstrate in Malvern, Arkansas as we did in Blevins, Arkansas. The NAACP of the State of Arkansas will not be silence nor tolerate this type of action. It has become very common to see public officials use their platform of influence for negative influence. If this accusation is fund not true on behalf of the Arkansas State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Youth & College Division I apologise. We owe our first family and our president the respect that not only comes with the office of President but the respect of being a human being, and when President-Elect Trump takes office I would hope we would treat him with the same respect we would treat President Obama with.’

Featured Image: Getty Images/Mark Wilson.

H/T: KATV.