WASHINGTON, D.C. – The spokeswoman for District of Columbia Public Schools announced on her personal social media pages that she’d like to abolish all white men, then sort of apologized.
D.C. Public Schools spokeswoman Hilary Tone linked to a news story on Twitter Tuesday about President-elect Donald Trump’s choice of former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to head the Department of Energy with the headline “Rick Perry chosen to run agency he once threatened to abolish.”
“In that case, I would like to be Secretary of White Men,” Tone tweeted.
She also took to Facebook.
“If wanting to get rid of something qualifies you to run it,” she posted, “I would like to be Secretary of White Men.”
The Washington Times points out Tone’s Twitter post was favorited by the district’s chief of school turnaround and performance, Eugine Pinkard.
“I’ve been waiting for this fave ALL DAY,” Tone responded.
Tone, whose Twitter bio states her “views do not represent DCPS,” deleted her initial Twitter post and set her social media accounts to private amid an online backlash. She also issued a half-hearted apology for her comments.
“hey internet – upon reading my mentions, it occurs to me that my tweet about white men earlier today was in poor taste,” she wrote, according to Fox News. “My apologies.”
The news site attempted to contact the district to determine whether Tone faces disciplinary action because of the racist messages, but officials refused to discuss the situation and instead issued a lame prepared statement.
“The social media posts were said on an employee’s personal social media accounts and do not reflect the views of DC Public Schools, which prides itself on being an inclusive organization regardless of race, ethnic background, religion, sex, language, family’s income level, or immigration status,” the statement read.
Tone’s Linkedin profile shows she’s worked for DCPS since May 2015 after a stint as a visiting fellow at Education Pioneers, an organization that “is on a mission to improve K-12 education for all students, especially low-income students and students of color,” according its website.
Prior to Education Pioneers, Tone served as the Education Program Director for Media Matters of America for just over a year.
That tax-exempt nonprofit’s stated mission is “comprehensive monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.”
The organization also has close ties with defeated Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her campaign chairman John Podesta.
Tone was also an assistant editor for Media Matters from September 2012 to February 2014, before her promotion to education program manager.