School Board Member Called To Resign Over Blackface Photo

Dec 13, 2016

A man confirmed by the Blevins School District Superintendent to be school board member Ted Bonner.
Credit KATV, Channel 7 News

The Arkansas NAACP and several residents are calling for the resignation of a school board member in eastern Arkansas after photos surfaced of him in blackface while holding a sign referring to the Black Lives Matter movement.

NAACP members and others demanded Ted Bonner's resignation Monday during a Blevins School Board meeting. But the board's president, Justice West, says there's no mechanism for removing Bonner, who has refused to resign. Bonner has two years left in his term.

Arkansas television station KATV reports that Blevins School District Superintendent Billy Lee confirmed Bonner was the man in the photos.

Bonner later told KSLA-TV that he was "very sorry" and didn't know there was such thing as blackface. He says the photos were from a private Halloween party.