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A black manager spoke about his experiences with racism while serving in several administrative positions in the Colleyville District in the Dallas Fort-Worth area.

Dr James Whitfield, who previously served as the principal of Colleyville Middle School from 2019 to 2020 and the high school’s vice principal from 2018 to 2019, opened up on Facebook in late July about the racially charged attacks he suffered after being summoned to a school board meeting.

In late July, a former school board member called on Whitfield to resign and accused him of teaching critical race theory to students – which was banned by the governor of Texas. Greg Abbott in mid-June. Whitfield said that was not true and was just another baseless attack.

Other cases include having to hide photos of him and his white wife kissing, being reprimanded for supporting anti-racism organizations and speaking out about the death of George Floyd.

“I am the first African-American to take on the role of Principal of my current school in its 25-year history,” he said in the post. “And I am acutely aware of the fear this strikes in the hearts of a small minority who would rather see things go back to the way they were. But here’s the thing – I’m here, so let’s dive into their claims about me.

Whitfield says the reason his position was named publicly at the school board meeting, which is against district rules.

In the lengthy Facebook post, Whitfield describes that while the majority of his school experience was positive, there were distinct events that he said had racial overtones.

He said it all started when he was about to be appointed principal of the college in 2019, and received a call in the evening from a central-level administrator, asking him to check his email. When he opened the forwarded message, he was taken aback to find it was a photo of him and his wife kissing on the beach with a statement that read, “Is this Dr Whitfield that we want as an example for our students?

“I showed my wife and I could tell she was already overwhelmed – tears were flowing,” he wrote in the post. “But I was still waiting for the encore.”

Whitfield said he took the high road and hid his profile picture, but knew it would be the start of more anti-black attacks from district and community members.

James Whitfield, Principal of Colleyville High School, and his wife. (Photo credit: James Whitfield)

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He then recalled a case where he was accused of using an existing program, Advancement Via Individual Determination, to integrate critical race theory into the college curriculum.

Critical Race Theory (CRT), which was first proposed by a group of jurists as Derrick Bell, and Kimberle Crenshaw, is a framework for understanding social, cultural and political issues related to race and racism. This central ideological framework has been central to the work of some of the most prolific writers and scholars of our time, as well as the basis of anti-racism activism movements like Black Lives Matter.

However, the CRT has become a hot button in Republican politics as a former president. donald trump denounced it and falsely called it “racist” in 2020. Since then, governors of states like Florida and Texas have banned educators from teaching it in school.

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Whitfield said he never taught CRT in school or encouraged others to do so, stating in the post, “I’m not the CRT (Critical Race Theory) Boogeyman.”

But what he will do, he said, is continue to fight hate and bigotry, and be an example for all students in the neighborhood.

“I am here today because they have always chosen to stand up against hatred, intolerance, racism and extreme violence to pave the way for me,” he concludes. “Without them there is no me and I will not let a small group of hateful people deter me from continuing to walk in my purpose.”

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Martha K. Merrill