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State Rep. JoAnne Favors is calling for Hamilton County school board member Rhonda Thurman to step down over what Favors is calling Thurman’s “overtly racist” comments in the Sunday Times Free Press.
Favors spoke at a news conference at the schools central office, flanked by the black members of the school board and county commission and surrounded by other black leaders, teachers and community members.
She’s said she’s gotten an enormous number of calls from teachers, parents and others over Thurman’s assertions in the Sunday newspaper that suburban schools had been neglected while inner-city schools got extra resources.
In a front-page quote, Thurman said: “What do they want? I don’t think suburban students have been treated fairly. Poor people learn. Slaves learned to read. I don’t know why poor people can’t learn to read and write. I have a lot of poor people in my family, but they are still expected to learn.”
Favors said she and others would attend Thursday’s school board meeting to express their outrage.
Contacted immediately afterward, Thurman told WRCB reporter David Carroll that her future “is up to the voters in 2012.”
See a complete story in Thursday’s Times Free Press.
Joan Garrett McClane has been a staff writer for the Times Free Press since August 2007. Before becoming a general assignment writer for the paper, she wrote about business, higher education and the court systems. She grew up the oldest of five sisters near Birmingham, Ala., and graduated with a master's and bachelor's degrees in journalism from the University of Alabama. Before landing her first full-time job as a reporter at the Times Free Press, ...