As many people know, racism has definitely come out of the closet during the Trump campaign and throughout Trump’s presidency. Mr. Trump’s unapologetic rhetoric built around hate and bigotry has fueled the climate for neo-Nazis and racists to flourish. So, sadly, it’s not surprising that this experience happened to a top student on Wednesday.
Drake Johnson, a biracial California teen, tweeted that he had just been accepted to Harvard.
George Clayton, a former member of the Texas State Board of Education shot back with:
‘Congrats. Were you admitted on merit or on quota?’
Johnson didn’t waste any time coming back with a witty response:
Unfortunately, according to George Clayton’s Twitter biography, he is running again for a spot on the state board although there is not a record of him filing for candidacy. From 2010-2012, he held the District 12 seat defeating conservative Geraldine “Tincy” Miller in a large upset. Miller took her seat back in 2012 but announced that she won’t seek reelection when her term expires in 2019.
According to the Dallas News:
‘Clayton, 60, brings an interesting background to the job: He’s been a Democrat, now he’s a Republican. He owned a residential insulation company, now he’s an educator. He finished his bachelor’s degree at age 47 and now holds a key spot in the Texas education system.’
The Texas board was recently thrust into the national spotlight for their controversial debate about how some civil rights leaders and evolution should be handled in textbooks. Regarding the matter, Clayton said:
‘I just think the board was chasing its tail down there, and it was somewhat embarrassing, I will not participate in that. I was embarrassed for the state of Texas. It was so unnecessary and personal.
Congratulations to Drake Johnson. Hopefully, more Drake Johnsons will continue to shine the light of truth on all of the George Claytons out there.
Featured image from Twitter