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James Whitfield

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James Whitfield, Ph.D., was the first Black principal of Colleyville Heritage High School in Colleyville, Texas. In 2020, the Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District fired him after he sent an email addressing police and white vigilante killings of Black people in which he acknowledged the existence of systemic racism and called education "a necessary conduit to get liberty and justice for all."

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TESTIMONY: In the crosshairs of public education's enemies

May 24, 2022 - A U.S. House subcommittee recently held a hearing into ongoing efforts to limit discussion in public school classrooms on American history, race, and LGBTQ+ issues — and to punish teachers who broach those topics. Among those who testified was James Whitfield, a high school principal from North Texas who lost his job after sending students an email in response to killings of Black people by police and white vigilantes that acknowledged systemic racism and called education "a necessary conduit to get liberty and justice for all."