Target: TNT Academy Chair Heidi Anderson
Goal: Thank school administration for firing principal over her racist remarks.
The principal of a private school who made racially-charged comments at a recent graduation has been let go, according to the Stone Mountain, Georgia school’s board of directors. Students will no longer be taught under the auspices of an apparent racist. Applaud the board of directors for taking a stand against bigotry.
At TNT Academy’s recent graduation ceremony, principal Nancy Gordeuk accidentally dismissed the audience before she let the class valedictorian give their scheduled speech. As Gordeuk tried unsuccessfully to summon everyone back to their seats she got frustrated, shouting “Look who’s leaving… all the black people!” The comments caused an uproar, both among the audience and across the nation.
Thanks in no small part to that national uproar and Americans who would not abide such blatant prejudice at the hands of an educator, including those here at ForceChange, TNT Academy’s board of directors bowed to public pressure. “In light of recent events, the board of directors of TNT Academy has moved to dismiss Nancy Gordeuk as principal,” the board said in a letter sent to the Gwinnett County NAACP.
While the struggle for justice for all peoples is long and arduous, successes like these give us all cause to celebrate and reflect on the importance of activist work. Sign the petition below to express your gratitude to the TNT Academy board of directors for doing the right thing.
Dear Chair Anderson,
I am writing you today regarding your board’s recent decision to dismiss Nancy Gordeuk from her position as principal of TNT Academy. Specifically, I wanted to take the time to express my appreciation for your actions.
The United States was founded on racism, and it continues to plague our society with remarkable tenacity and insidiousness. There is no way our nation can progress if this racism is not fought tooth-and-nail. In that struggle, there can be no bystanders—indifference in the fight for the liberation of all peoples is complicity with systems of oppression.
Bearing that in mind, your decision to dismiss Gordeuk sends a clear message that your academy will not tolerate the continuing racism and prejudice that infects our country. If more institutions reacted to bigotry in their ranks like you did, everyone would be much better off.
Gordeuk did a lot for your academy, and the decision to dismiss her must not have been easy. Still, it was the right thing to do in light of her remarks. Thank you for siding with justice and taking a stand against racism.
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