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.
(Link): Arizona diversity leaders slammed for falsely accusing Black DJ of wearing blackface
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.
(Link): Woke Ariz. Diversity Activists Falsely Accuse Black DJ of Wearing Blackface
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.”
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