A school board official in the Chicago area has been under scrutiny ever since parents caught wind of a Facebook post that raised eyebrows and inspired allegations of racism. The Chicago Sun-Times reports:
[Michael] Iniquez sits on the Morton High School District 201 school board. The district serves more than 8,000 students, mainly from Berwyn and Cicero.
The Sun-Times reported Wednesday that on Iniquez’s Facebook wall was the post, “IT’S FRIDAY NI—A’S,” next to a picture of a nearly naked black child dancing. The whole word — a version of the n-word — was spelled out on the wall of Iniquez’s Facebook page. His entire Facebook page appears to have since been removed.
“Certainly, if these allegations are true, he has no place on this school board,” Berwyn CARES President Robert Pauly said …
In an interview earlier this week, Iniquez blamed the racist post on his 15-year-old son but acknowledged writing on his public Facebook page about getting drunk at a Cubs game and comparing the White Sox ballpark to a ghetto. He did not return a phone message Thursday.
To be fair, we're guessing that the posted image was part of this meme — one that many people share lightheartedly with close friends, without any racist intent. But for a school board official who is held to a higher standard and more public scrutiny, may we suggest "TGIF!" — sans dancing black baby — for next Friday's status update?
Read more at the Chicago Sun-Times.