Black Employees File Racial Discrimination Suit Against Black Superintendent

CBS Seattle, March 21, 2012

Nine employees of the Tukwila School District have filed complaints of racial discrimination against their superintendent for allegedly making inappropriate comments.

A group of female staffers at Showalter Middle School says the superintendent, Ethelda Burke, once referred to them as slaves. Burke is herself black.

“I couldn’t believe my ears she would refer to professional African-American women as slaves,” teacher Sandra Goins told NWCN-TV.

Athletic and activities director J.D. Hill claimed that Burke “makes racially derogatory statements.” Hill also wrote in his complaint that Burke said he was hiring too many people of color and said he was “making the district look too black” and turning her district into a “ghetto.”


Staffers told NWCN they were hesitant to complain about Burke because she is black.


The Tukwila school district is one of the most diverse in the state; seventy percent of the children are minorities.


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  • “The Tukwila school district is one of the most diverse in the state; seventy percent of the children are minorities.”

    What the **** are these journalists learning or hearing that directs them to write lines like this?

  • Southern__Hoosier

    Slaves? Wow, if our boss ever called us slaves, that would be one of the nicest things he ever said to us and we would take it as a compliment. 

  • razorrare

    How is it possible that a black person can racially discriminate against another black person? Absurd. To be clear i mean that in a Legal sense.

  • anonymous_amren

    I’m inclined to side with Ethelda Burke on this one.

  • I remember a few years ago, in Atlanta, a light-skinned Bantu female brought a race-discrimination action, against her boss – a dark-pigmented Bantu female; claiming that the dark one was holding her back from raises and promotions. I don’t know how it turned out in the end.

  • Wow, its just like South Africa but close to home!