Woke Ariz. Diversity Activists Falsely Accuse Black DJ of Wearing Blackface
I felt my IQ drop a few points when I first saw this news story.
Two Arizona diversity in education advocates falsely accused a Black man who was hired as a DJ at a school fundraiser of wearing blackface.
“They thought that the DJ there or the person there was in a black face, and the person that they thought was in black face was me,” DJ Kim Koko Hunter said in a Facebook Live video April 12.
The PTA at Hopi Elementary of the Scottsdale Unified School District hired Hunter to perform at a fundraiser to benefit the school on April 9, the Daily Mail reported. The event, “Hopi Night Fever,” pulled in $300,000 for “essential programs and services.”
Lassen, a self-described ”ardent community volunteer, activist, and ally to the LGBTQ+ community” who co-chairs the Scottsdale Parent Council’s diversity, equity and inclusion committee, sent an email to the PTA accusing them of promoting racism, according to the Arizona Daily Independent.
Megan Livengood, head of the Hopi PTA, responded to the message that Hunter is in fact a Black man.
… Hunter explained in his Facebook Live that an organizer of the event called a person he works with to inquire whether he is Black.
April 17, 2022
By Ben Kesslen
Two local diversity advocates in Arizona are taking heat after calling a school district racist for hiring a DJ to perform in blackface — but it turns out the DJ was black.
Stuart Rhoden and Jill Lassen — who specialize in diversity, equity and inclusion — lambasted the Scottsdale Unified School District’s Hopi Elementary PTA for its decision to hire Kim Koko Hunter, 56, a local black DJ, at a charity event.
Both Rhoden and Lassen, who are involved in diversity work in the school district, slammed the school after seeing a picture of Hunter, only to later learn his race, according to the Arizona Daily Independent.
“The DJ that the Hopi PTA hire[d] was, in fact a Black man,” Hopi PTA president Megan Livengood wrote in response to Lassen in a message obtained by the outlet. “It is insulting that you feel myself or PTA condone racist behavior or encourage it by posting on social media.”
…But Rhoden, who is an instructor at Arizona State University, did not appear particularly apologetic and posted a side-by-side image of Hunter on Facebook to try to show that the DJ darkened his face even if he is black.
“Let me be clear, a black man, apparently in black face is an entirely different discussion than a White person,” he wrote on Facebook. “However… it seems at the very least he is in darker make-up if not ‘Black face’ or I am completely mistaken and it’s the lighting of the patio.”
Rhoden is a member of the district’s Equity and Inclusion Committee and Lassen is a co-chair of the Scottsdale Parent Council diversity, equity and inclusion committee.
According to Hunter’s Facebook Live, an organizer called someone he works with following the event and asked if he was black.
… Hunter then ridiculed the accusation that he was a black man doing blackface.
“Was I not Black enough? How black do I got to be for people to know that I’m an actual Black person,” he said.
(Link): Liberals and White People