Supporters rally behind Gwinnett school board president after GOP criticism

In a video that Jones highlighted, Johnson says white kids “will grow up and they’ll perpetuate the racist systems that my kids have to live in.” The video is part of a series released by Johnson on the importance of teaching children not to be racist. She released it in 2020 after George Floyd died while in Minneapolis police custody.

“As a leader in multicultural education, I advocate for representation of all races, ethnicities, religions and cultures,” Johnson said in a statement after Jones called for an investigation. “Every child, regardless of race, should know that they are seen, heard, respected, valued and celebrated. All children need to learn historical facts and understand that their stories and their lives matter.

The letter supporting Johnson says, “It is never acceptable for colleagues and other elected leaders to make false and derogatory public comments that are unfounded and intended to fuel a disinformation campaign.”

The letter refers to the vitriol Johnson has faced since being elected to the board and says political disagreements should not make anyone feel unsafe.

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Georgia Working Families Party, a progressive political party that champions labor rights and racial justice, wrote the letter and collected signatures supporting Johnson.

Most of the letter’s 50 signatures come from leaders of local activist groups.

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