Mankato School Board Chair issues new statement following systemic racism claims

Mankato School Board Chair issues new statement following systemic racism claims

MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — Local social activist and current Mankato Area Public School Board member Abdi Sabrie is fighting back against what he’s calling systemic racism.

He shared an image from the school district’s website that shows the school board members and superintendent.

During the Civil Unrest in our Nation, that started after the killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in...

Posted by Abdi Sabrie on Tuesday, June 2, 2020

All but Sabrie are pictured. Sabrie says in his four years on the board, he’s been intentionally excluded from board governance, officer election, and says matters are decided before the actual meeting.

The school board has since changed the picture on its homepage.

In an initial statement posted to the school district’s Facebook page on Tuesday, School Board Chair Darren Wacker responded to Sabrie’s claims and called the claims of exclusion from the photo “simply untrue.”

The original post has since been deleted from the district’s Facebook page, with Wacker issuing another statement on Wednesday.

In the most recent statement, Wacker said that “his statement [on Tuesday] was a missed opportunity to embrace and acknowledge the experiences, pain and challenges Abdi Sabrie expressed.”

From School Board Chair Darren Wacker: I apologize. My statement yesterday was a missed opportunity to embrace and...

Posted by Mankato Area Public Schools on Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Mankato Area Public Schools announced Wednesday a special school board meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

The meeting will be available for viewing online.

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