Editor’s note: This story contains a reference to a racial slur.
A white candidate to be Wisconsin’s top education official has deleted her Twitter account and apologized after posting a message that she had been called the n-word when she was 16.
Deborah Kerr wrote that “my lips were bigger than most and that was the reference given to me” in response to a tweet from the host of a podcast called Race Through Education.
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Kerr posted the message Tuesday, the same day as Wisconsin’s primary for state superintendent of schools. Kerr was the second-highest vote getter in the primary and advanced to the April general election.
Kerr apologized Wednesday and said she didn’t intend the post to be “interpreted as racist.”
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