Fire School Employee for Racist Photos

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Target: Deborah Romero, President of the Manteca Unified School District

Goal: Fire school district employee who allegedly shared a photo of President Obama being shot in the head and other racist photos on Facebook.

A Manteca Unified School District clerk may be fired after parents brought a picture of President Obama being shot in the head that the clerk allegedly shared on her Facebook page to the attention of the school board. The district has launched an investigation into the clerk, Debie McLarty, for violating its employee social media policies, but the disciplinary action she will face is still unknown. Demand that McLarty is fired for her racist views.

Debie McLarty, the head clerk at Walter Woodward Elementary in Manteca, California, has since taken down her Facebook profile and has not substantively commented on what she may have posted, but parents and local activists allege that her page contained a number of offensive and racist photographs. One, they report, depicted President Obama being labeled a communist and being shot in the head, and others are said to have shown McLarty and other members of her family dressed head to toe in Confederate flag clothes. After the images were shown to the district’s governing board at a public meeting, local Ralph White said it was the “most racist stuff [he’s] seen in this valley.” District board member Sam Fant echoed that statement, saying “Those photos absolutely reflect aggression, oppression and slavery.”

Walter Woodward Elementary has students of all different backgrounds and races. Students of color should not be subjected to McLarty and her hateful attitudes. Sign the petition below to demand that the Manteca Unified School District fire her.


Dear President Romero,

I am writing you today regarding the controversy that has recently erupted around Debie McLarty’s Facebook page and the problematic photos she allegedly shared on it. I urge you, if your district’s investigation proves that the allegations are true, to fire McLarty immediately.

We are fortunate to live in a time when outright displays of racism and discrimination are, at least more so now than in the past, usually not considered acceptable. As I hope you will agree, though, that does not mean that racism is no longer present in our society. Indeed, instead of blatant racism, the problem has refocused onto implicit racism, often unacknowledged by those who hold to it. That seems to be the case here with McLarty. The alleged right wing propaganda against the President and the endorsement of the Confederate flag are two things that many would call benign, but that are actually steeped in racism and anti-blackness.

We should not make the mistake of assuming that this brand of racism is any more appropriate just because its existence may be easier to deny. Racism is hateful, and those who hold to it should not have anything to do with children. I demand that you fire her if the investigation comes up with evidence in support of the allegations.


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