Today’s award goes to two “local diversity advocates” in Arizona, who forgot to engage their brains before putting their mouths in gear.
This week, an ASU instructor, and a librarian, who hold themselves out as being Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) gurus, falsely accused a Black DJ of wearing blackface during a charity event for the Scottsdale Unified school district.
Stuart Rhoden and Jill Lassen attacked the Scottsdale Unified School District’s Hopi Elementary PTA for hiring Koko Kim Hunter to host their charity auction. The two were informed after their attack that Mr. Hunter is, in fact, a Black man, who was not wearing blackface.
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While Koko has put the episode behind him, his supporters and parents in the District are not. They say he is just one more victim of the stalk and destroy crew that supports Superintendent Scott Menzel’s parent-unfriendly administration.
“When these community activists were informed that their accusations were wrong, they didn’t apologize, they doubled-down,” said Scottsdale Unified School District parents and public school activist, Amanda Wray. “Stuart Rhoden dismissively referring to Kim Koko Hunter as “dude” said “looking on his FB page (photos below), it seems at the very least he is in darker make-up if not “Black face…”
“The SPC is so intent on finding racism they will go so far as to accuse a member of one of the communities they claim to advocate for of reprehensible behavior. SPC invoices every Scottsdale Unified School District PTO/PTA/APT for dues each year and then uses those funds to attack community members,” said Wray.
There’s more at the link.
I’ve met all too many such individuals over the years. They actively seek to whip up negativity at every turn, manufacturing controversy out of whole cloth and ignoring reality. Note that, even when informed that his criticism was misplaced, one of them actually dared to imply that the (Black) DJ was actually wearing blackface makeup, to make himself look blacker! How daft can you get?
What’s even worse is that some of these activists have used their manipulative, destructive tactics to extort money from their victims, whether individuals or organizations, in the form of “donations” to their organizations or causes. (For example, Jesse Jackson and his Rainbow/PUSH organization have been accused of such shakedowns.)
In this case, I’m glad the perpetrators have egg on their faces – but I daresay it won’t change their antics for the better. It’s been my experience that ideologically hidebound activists (whether on the left or the right of US politics and society) don’t learn from their mistakes; rather, they double down on them.