Demands for the resignation of Ted Bonner, a board member of the Blevins School District in Arkansas, are pouring in after photos surfaced of him all decked out in blackface at a Halloween party.
Bonner, who is a white man, attended the party with black makeup, fake crooked teeth, wearing overalls, and holding a sign that said “Black Lives Matter.” He claims it was a private party and he was not on school business. Therefore, he has no intentions of resigning.
“I am standing up for my right as a United States citizen,” Bonner said. “I am standing up for my right to stay on the board because the people elected me to be on the board.”
KATV reports that Blevins School District Superintendent Billy Lee confirmed Bonner was the man in the photos. Bonner told KSLA-TV that he was “very sorry” and didn’t know there was such thing as blackface, but says he will not resign.
An elected official from the Blevins School District is now under scrutiny after pictures surfaced of him wearing blackface. pic.twitter.com/qe15xECdBl
— Sarafina Brooks (@KATVSarafina) November 15, 2016
The Arkansas NAACP and several local residents are calling for Bonner’s resignation, while attending the Blevins School Board meeting Monday night.
Justice West, the school board president, said there is no legal way they can just remove him from the board. He was elected and still has two years left on his term. The superintendent of the school can’t do anything either, as the board members are over the superintendent.
“It’s embarrassing, it’s ridiculous and it’s hurtful to the people of Arkansas, not just the people of Blevins,” state NAACP chapter president Rizelle Aaron said. “Ted Bonner has no remorse, he is not apologetic.”
The local NAACP members have vowed to continue protesting against Bonner until they force him to resign.
H/T: New York Post
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