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Texas school board AXES black principal who was told to remove intimate Facebook snaps with white wife

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A Texas school board has moved towards firing a principal over claims he pushed critical theory after he raised eyebrows over an intimate Facebook photoshoot with his wife.

On Monday, the Grapevine Colleyville Independent School District school board unanimously voted 7-0 for the non-renewal of Colleyville Heritage High School principal Dr. James Whitfield's contract.

It is the first step in a two-step process that could see Whitfield lose his job. He will now be forced to publicly defend his position before a final vote is held on whether he should remain as principal.

Whitfield was placed on paid administrative leave in August after a former school board candidate accused him of teaching and promoting critical race theory. Concerns were also raised from the district about a decade-old beachside photoshoot he took with his wife for a previous wedding anniversary.

They were snapped enjoying an intimate - but fully clothed - outdoor embrace for a shoot with a professional photographer and sparked concerns after they were uncovered on his Facebook profile.
Whitfield, (pictured) who has denied promoting Critical Race Theory, addressed the board on Monday to defend his record as a teacher
Whitfield said concerns were raised from the district about a beachside photoshoot he took with his wife for their anniversary a decade ago 

At the meeting, district officials listed the reasons for their vote as performance concerns, attempting to hide public records from discovery, and failure to comply with official directives, CBS DFW reported.

District officials also said Whitfield failed to meet the district's standards of professional conduct by voicing his concerns on social media and to the media. And they said that he'd diminished his effectiveness 'by dividing large sections of the community by continuing to raise issues of Critical Race Theory.'

Whitfield, who has denied promoting CRT, addressed the board on Monday to defend himself.

'I believe every student regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, whatever bucket you want to put them in.. I believe they should have access to excellent equitable education,' Whitfield said. 'Yes, I said those words. Unfortunately, my unapologetic stance for those things has brought us here tonight which is disheartening.'
Prior to Monday's meeting Whitfield was seen hugging students who showed up him

Prior to Monday's meeting Whitfield was seen hugging students and supporters who showed up to back him.

'It's honestly so undeserved and unjust on the part of the school board,' Colleyville Heritage senior Grace Nguyen told CBS DFW.

'It's been an overall negative effect and a lot of people in this district have felt as if something has shifted and it's not for the better,' senior Sunehra Chowdhury said.


The fight over critical race theory in schools has escalated in the United States over the last year.

The theory has sparked a fierce nationwide debate in the wake of the Black Lives Matter protests around the country over the last year and the introduction of the 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project, which was published by the New York Times in 2019 to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived on American shores, reframes American history by 'placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of black Americans at the center of the US narrative'.

The debate surrounding critical race theory regards concerns that some children are being indoctrinated into thinking that white people are inherently racist or sexist.

Those against critical race theory have argued it reduces people to the categories of 'privileged' or 'oppressed' based on their skin color.

Supporters, however, say the theory is vital to eliminating racism because it examines the ways in which race influence American politics, culture and the law.

Whitfield was placed on leave three months after former school board candidate Stenson Clark accused him of having 'extreme views on race,' calling for him to be fired.

Clark said he was initially concerned about Whitfield's views last summer, after seeing a letter the principal sent to parents and students.

'In this letter he promotes the conspiracy theory of systemic racism...' Clark said. 'He is encouraging the disruption and destruction of our districts.'

Clark attacked Whitfield's social media posts, saying he promotes material that aligns with critical race theory.

In lengthy July 31 Facebook post, Whitfield denied Clark's accusations, writing that Clark had disobeyed district rules by addressing him by name at a school board meeting.

He wrote: 'At the last GCISD school board meeting, an individual was allowed to speak my name in a public open forum (against the rules) and I can no longer maintain my silence in the face of this hate, intolerance, racism, and bigotry. For the better part of the last year, I've been told repeatedly to just 'get around the fact that there are some racist people' and 'just deal with it and stay positive' each time the racist tropes reared their heads, but I will stay silent no longer.'

'I am not the CRT (Critical Race Theory) Boogeyman,' Whitefield added. 'I am the first African American to assume the role of Principal at my current school in its 25-year history, and I am keenly aware of how much fear this strikes in the hearts of a small minority who would much rather things go back to the way they used to be.'

Whitfield also said race was at the forefront of his bosses' decision to force him take down photos of him embracing and kissing his white wife from social media.

Whitfield said he received an email from the district about a beachside photoshoot he took with his wife, Kerrie, for their anniversary a decade ago.

'I look at the picture, and I look at the words above it, and it says, 'Is this the Dr. Whitfield we want leading our schools?' I showed it to my wife, who immediately begins to well up with tears,' Whitfield said.

He claims the photos received complaints back then because it featured an interracial couple.

Although he removed the pictures, Whitfield went public with the story last week after a heated meeting between Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District officials and parents over race on July 26, The New York Times reports.

Arguments over the teaching of critical race theory have rocked dozens of school boards across the United States this year.

Supporters argue that children are not being taught CRT - which argues that the US is inherently racist, and that white people should be made more aware of the everyday hardships black people suffer to try and dismantle them.

But opponents insist material inspired by and linked to CRT is being widely taught, as well as the actual theory itself.

They say the topic is overly divisive for school-age children, and that it teaches children to see themselves as an oppressor or victim.

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Nyla Nelson

Sounds like the school board doesn’t like interracial marriages & is doing anything they can to get rid of him. They have been harassing him for months as it’s been in the media. He needs to get a good lawyer & sue their buts

Becky Souders Witherup

really searching for a reason if you have to go that far back in time to find romantic photos - with his wife- as a reason to remove him. if you can't defend your stance on crt, this is a classless way to go. grow up people


A FORMER SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER? (Who’s not even on the board) pictures of him and his wife? WTF?!!’ The person who’s pushing this is the former school board member, GET A LIFE! 🤦🏾‍♂️


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