Should New MCS Superintendent Be a Black Man?

Jason Miles, WMC-TV (Memphis), February 22, 2008

“Needs to be black,” he said. “Needs to be a man,” he added.

Memphis school board member Kenneth Whalum Junior never holds back.

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He would prefer to see an African-American male at the helm of Memphis City Schools above anyone else.

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“I think when you consider our demographics, our students, the problems we’re having with little black boys especially, there’s no doubt in my mind,” Whalum told us.

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Whalum is quick to point out that a black man in the superintendent’s office is only his preference.

“And if somebody stood out as a better candidate—of course I would support that person,” said Whalum.

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[Editor’s Note: A video of this story is available at the site of the original story.]

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