Local NAACP Condemns ‘Racist, Bigoted’ Comments

POTTSTOWN PA – Members of Pottstown Branch 2288 of the NAACP joined with the Anti-Defamation League in Eastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware, and the NAACP branch in Reading PA to “condemn the racist and bigoted comments” circulated on social media and attributed to a school board candidate in the Boyertown Area School District, the local branch said Saturday (June 12, 2021).

The late May (2021) comments of candidate Kirstin Lord are “deeply offensive and painful to Black and Brown community members,” the branch said in its joint statement. Rather than resign, its signers urged Lord to educate “herself about the impact of hate” and commit “to creating a more just and equitable Boyertown.”

The entire statement – published earlier this month on the Anti-Defamation League website, here – is reprinted below:

“ADL, NAACP of Reading and NAACP of Pottstown jointly condemn the racist and bigoted comments posted to social media by Boyertown School Board candidate Kirstin Lord. Her posts are deeply offensive and painful to Black and Brown community members and directly contrary to the values of equity, inclusivity, and dignity that the Boyertown School District must strive to uphold and promote every day.

“While Lord reportedly apologized for her comments, that alone cannot repair the harm caused. Lord must also take responsibility for her own learning through an anti-racist lens – not only to understand what racism is and how it manifests and functions, but also to understand how and why it has been perpetuated through her own words and actions.

“We often say that bias incidents in schools can serve as “teachable moments” against bigotry. We urge Kirstin Lord to take ownership over turning this incident into just such a “teachable moment” by educating herself about the impact of hate and committing to creating a more just and equitable Boyertown.”

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