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Wisconsin candidate responds to backlash for tweet about racial slur

Deborah Kerr
Posted at 1:13 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 14:14:38-05

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.”

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