MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A white candidate to be Wisconsin’s top education official has deleted her Twitter account and addressed misinterpretations after posting a message that she had been called a racial slur for Black people when she was 16.
Deborah Kerr wrote that “my lips were bigger than most and that was the reference given to me” in response to a tweet from the host of a podcast called Race Through Education.
Kerr posted the message on Tuesday, the same day as Wisconsin’s primary for state superintendent of schools.
Kerr was the second-highest vote getter in the primary and advanced to the April general election.
Kerr responded to backlash Wednesday saying she didn't intend the post to be “interpreted as racist.”