A top-ranking Georgia Department of Education official has been fired after making a racially charged comment on his personal Facebook page, 11 Alive reports, the latest in a spate of homophobic and anti-Muslim posts made from the account.
Jeremy Spencer, who was the associate superintendent of virtual instruction for the Georgia Department of Education, was ultimately terminated after a series of offensive posts.
The latest, made Jan. 1, read, “If I read one more thing about the Finland education system….not everybody in the US public schools are WHITE,” insinuating that U.S. public schools are not as successful as Finnish schools because of nonwhite students.
“[Spencer] doesn’t think Georgia students can compete with students in other countries because we have nonwhite students here. That is a vile and racist thought, and he should not be in charge of creating curriculum in Georgia,” Bryan Long, the executive director of progressive watchdog group Better Georgia, told the news station. “What’s important to know is, this wasn’t one wrong post. This wasn’t one mistake. This was a toxic stream of racist posts and bigoted posts and anti-Muslim posts and anti-gay posts going back months.”
Another post, made Oct. 11, read, “If you wipe your butt with your bare hand but consider bacon to be unclean, You may be a Muslim.” And another, on Oct. 16, read, “How can I be reclassified as an ‘undocumented student’ and get free stuff?”
In another post, which included a meme of Ahmed Mohamed, the student who had been arrested for bringing a handmade clock to school, taunted, “Don’t forget to set your clocks (bombs) back.”
On Tuesday, State Superintendent Richard Woods released a statement:
Like most people, I was disheartened and disgusted to see the posts made by Mr. Spencer on his Facebook page. These posts in no way reflect my opinions, or those of the Department of Education. As of this morning, Mr. Spencer is no longer an employee of the Department of Education. My job, and the job of all employees at the Department of Education, is to look out for the educational well-being of all of Georgia’s 1.7 million students, and more than 100,000 teachers and educators.
Read more at 11Alive.