A Texas school board member apologized after posting an image of a member of the Ku Klux Klan with the caption “I’m dreaming of a white Christmas” to his Facebook page, television station KTAL reported on Monday.
Chris Harris, a board member for the Hooks Independent School District in the town of Hooks, posted two apologies to Facebook after posting the offensive image. After removing the offending post, he maintained in both apologies that he was not “a racist.”
Harris also explained that the original post was “meant as a joke” that he realized “offended people” and that “got taken way out of context.”
His apologies are below:
District Superintendent Ronnie Thompson told the TV station that the other school board members would decide whether to fire Harris.
“They govern me. That is who I answer to,” Thompson said. “They govern each other. It is in their hands.”
The school board is set to meet on Dec. 15, according to KTAL.
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