It’s hard to say if Texas’ Hooks Independent School District board member Chris Harris is either a) some combination of “stupid” and “incredibly racist,” or b) some combination of “stupid” and “utterly lacking a sense of humor.” But either way, this board member is about to get a paddling from his co-workers.
Harris has drawn fire for the last week over the image above, which he posted to Facebook on November 24th. Harris went almost immediately into damage control, stating that it was “meant as a joke,” and he didn’t realize anyone would be offended until afterward.
He went into a much longer explanation a few days later, when a local news station picked up the story and aired it for all of Arkansas to see:
Indeed, Harris does seem sincere enough — and he’s laudably willing to accept the consequences of his stupidity, regardless of its root cause. It could be this is a legitimate case of Poe’s Law in action, and Harris has a fairly failed sense of satire and what is socially appropriate. He wouldn’t be the first.
In either case, this board member’s future is still up in the air, and will be decided by the Superintendent and his fellow board members.