On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Joseph Moylan held an assembly at his school to talk about race and white privilege. Seems innocuous enough for a principal, but to parents in Wisconsin’s predominately white Oconomowoc Area School District, it was highly controversial and prompted some parents to call for his dismissal.
Moylan went on to resign shortly after the event, and those left in charge of the school are forbidden from holding such a gathering again.
The Journal Sentinel interviewed school board president Donald Weimer about the matter.
“Our board is fine with discussions about diversity ... but white privilege is a lightning rod for some parents,” he told the paper.
According to the outlet, Weimer also serves as the village manager and chief of police in the small, affluent town.
One of the board members, Steven Zimmer, told the Journal Sentinel that he “disagreed with the way board members used the MLK Day assembly to push (Moylan) out.”
The internal politics has already affected the school after Moylan left.