A Missouri school board candidate has been forced to apologize after a video resurfaced in which he allegedly made racist remarks about an Asian woman. Despite the apology, his opponents are calling on voters to reject him.
The video, in which Ryan Kerr appears to describe an Asian woman as a “panda,” was recorded in 2016 and sent to a small group of friends. In the video, Kerr goes on to refer to a woman who he said falsely accused him of assaulting her as a “fat bag fuckin’ milk bag mule.”
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Kerr claims the video was taken at a very targeted event, intoxicated, and immediately following the false allegation of assaulting a female. He explained in a subsequent Facebook video that his mental health was devolving at the time of the incident, which he discovered later was due to neurodivergency.
Kerr apologized for the language used in the video, adding that there is no excuse for it. However, he also claimed that the video has been on YouTube for seven years and was re-posted to Twitter in 2019 by the same person who “obviously vindictively” posted it last Sunday.
Despite the apology and explanation, Kerr’s opponents are calling for voters to reject him in the April 4 election for one of three open spots on the Parkway School District Board of Education. This incident calls into question Kerr’s judgment and suitability for public office.