Wisconsin superintendent candidate apologizes for tweet about racial slur

Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr(WMTV)
Published: Feb. 17, 2021 at 3:35 PM CST
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - A white candidate to be Wisconsin’s top education official has deleted her Twitter account and apologized 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 apologized Wednesday and said she didn’t intend the post to be “interpreted as racist.”

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