South Carolina school board member apologizes for calling his African-American colleagues 'darkies'Daily Mail
October 16, 2017
A member of a school board has apologized for referring to his black colleagues 'darkies'.
Glenn Odom, who is on the board at Florence School District One in South Carolina, sent an email to fellow staff asking: 'Would you be so kind as to send an email out to the Board asking if I could get a ride? Just don't send it to the darkies.'
Bizarrely, he then followed up the message with another email saying: 'That was in jest about the darkies.'
When contacted by SCNow Morning News, Odom said: 'It was a mistake. I should not have done it.'
He was then hauled into a meeting with board chairman Barry Townsend and vice chairman Trisha Caulder and asked to explain himself.
Odom resigned on October 2 after twice being asked to by the board.
The emails were first sent on August 29.
A community activist and president of LifeLine Plus said earlier this month that 'it is difficult to imagine that someone who still uses the word 'Darkie' will not inject his racial biases into the decisions he makes regarding our children.'