You wouldn't expect the dating history of a Wake County school board member to become an issue.
But as noted in today's article, critics of school board member John Tedesco are on his case for having mentioned that he's had black and Latino ex-girlfriends in the letter he wrote last week to the Rev. Nancy Petty.
Tedesco said he was only trying to show that he's lived an integrated life. But critics, such as Calla Wright, president of the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children, say the remarks were degrading to black and Hispanic women.
Here's the paragraph in question:
"I have never looked at another human being as anything other than a child of God. I have an African American Godson, Tyler, extended minority family members, and a few ex girlfriends who were African American and Latino women. In fact an African American Professor at one of our local universities with a Doctorate in Education is one of my ex-girlfriends and still dear friends who helped me shape my policy views and serves as an advisor today. She is a wonderful woman who was a single mom in Southeast Raleigh when we met (she has since married, but again remains one of my closest friends)."
Tedesco said he included that information about his ex-girlfriends to help respond to criticism from Duke University historian Tim Tyson that he couldn't relate to poor and minority families.
Don't be surprised if you see a story soon about this topic in The Carolinian, which has sent an e-mail message seeking comment from various female leaders in the anti-board majority camp. Wright has asked CCCAAC members to respond to The Carolinian.