Twitter is in an uproar following an inflammatory and racist comment made by a former member of the Texas State Board of Education, George Clayton of Richardson, Texas.
On April 18th, Drake Johnson, a high school senior from California announced on Twitter that he had been accepted to Harvard College. Johnson, who will be joining the class 2022 sees a bright future ahead of him, including a plan to run for President in 2044.
But amidst the crowd of well wishers congratulating Johnson on his achievement former educator George Clayton tweeted, “Congrats. Were you admitted on merit or on quota?”
Although Johnson responded civilly, Twitter wasn’t nearly as forgiving of Clayton’s overtly racist comment.
Hmm. The man who tweeted this is a candidate for the Texas State Board of Education, according to his twitter bio. pic.twitter.com/5aZba4W6IY
— Claire Ballor (@claireballor) April 20, 2018
Twitter was understandably outraged by the comment and questioned Clayton’s own merits.
This is from a man who attended East Texas State University, which I have never heard of and can only assume it doesn’t take much merit to get in.
— Clif #FBPE #Hook ‘em Horns (@Texden1975) April 22, 2018
I’m guessing you’re not human based on merit, though.
— Melissa Call is still revising that novel (@melissamcall) April 24, 2018
Is Texas State Board of Education based on quota or merit?
— Pat (@tailorcut) April 22, 2018
This is truly a shameful comment for anyone to make, but especially anyone that is responsible for policy for education! With this type of attitude, you should be removed from the authority.
— Lois Melbourne (@loismelbourne) April 24, 2018
That just makes me sick that people even think like that. He probably thinks he’s some great Christian too.
— DianaTorp (@dianatorp) April 22, 2018
Unacceptable remark from anyone, especially a school board member . More like a boar
— Rosita, IFL Fellow (@Mita11Rosita) April 22, 2018
After the severe backlash Clayton attempted to backpedal by apologizing for his comment.
What I said in my remarks was totally wrong and hugely insensitive. My shame hangs heavy in my heart. It was totally out of character for me to make such a hateful comment. I am, of course humbled by my words and sincerely sorry for them. George Clayton
— George Clayton (@SBOEDist12) April 23, 2018
But Twitter saw right through it and pointed out Clayton’s history of similar comments.
— Patti Park (@ppark916) April 23, 2018
“I'm sorry I got caught by the internet”
— Max K F (@wallachiam) April 23, 2018
FYI, he did this to multiple kids–all PoC and/or girls. Ridiculous and petty. pic.twitter.com/pv6DQLGsjK
— αηgєℓιqυє (@messypixels) April 21, 2018
He apparently spends a lot of time finding non-white children on Twitter who got accepted to good schools to racistly harass them. He's done this a LOT.
— Madison Kittay (@MadisonKittay) April 24, 2018
“It was totally out of character for me to make the same hateful comments over and over again.”
— Dave Habsburg (@yee_irl) April 23, 2018
It wasn’t a total loss for Clayton however, he did finally earn one merit.
— Mike Nissan (@mnissan22) April 22, 2018
H/T – Twitter