TUKWILA, Wash. (CBS Seattle/AP) — Nine employees of the Tukwila School District have filed complaints of racial discrimination against their superintendent for allegedly making inappropriate comments.

A group of female staffers at Showalter Middle School says the superintendent, Ethelda Burke, once referred to them as slaves. Burke is herself black.

“I couldn’t believe my ears she would refer to professional African-American women as slaves,” teacher Sandra Goins told NWCN-TV.

Athletic and activities director J.D. Hill claimed that Burke “makes racially derogatory statements.” Hill also wrote in his complaint that Burke said he was hiring too many people of color and said he was “making the district look too black” and turning her district into a “ghetto.”

“When I walked into her office she said, ‘Hey, J-Dark, how are you doing?’ J-Dark was my name for Ethelda, my pet name for a month, in a professional environment,” Hill told NWCN.

Staffers told NWCN they were hesitant to complain about Burke because she is black.

“If she wasn’t a person of color, me personally, I would have gone after her long before now,” bus driver Ritchie Coleman told the station.

The employees’ attorney filed the complaints with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The district, the superintendent, and the board declined to comment citing personnel issues.

Joan Mell, the attorney representing the employees, has written a letter asking the board for Burke’s immediate suspension.

Burke came to the Tukwila district in 2007 from Tacoma.

The Tukwila school district is one of the most diverse in the state; seventy percent of the children are minorities.

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Comments (95)
  1. dfas says:

    and the taxpayers will pick up the bill for this lawsuit…..

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      1. workingman says:

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    4. micmorri says:

      “The Tukwila school district is one of the most diverse in the state; seventy percent of the children are minorities”— Doesn’t that mean that they are the majority not the minority?

      1. setanta says:

        no never no way—they remain a protected species ,the same way they do in nyc public schools where minorities are the majority.
        it’s only newspeak.

      2. Shannara says:

        ACTUALLY, the term minority is reflective of the United States as a whole, in which Caucasians are STILL the majority.

  2. BS says:

    Is it just me, or do the those filing the complaint sound just a tad racist…“If she wasn’t a person of color, me personally, I would have gone after her long before now.” Really?

    1. Steve says:

      That was my first thought….

    2. CrackerTom says:

      Think about all the comedians and TV personalities that make a fair amount of their ‘performance’ all about persons of color referring to persons of color in derogatory terms and then laughing about how only they can get away with it. Fair-is-Fair and if it’s offensive when the colorless say it why wouldn’t it be offensive when colored say it. Of course I’m sure if you could play back a video of these people’s personal lives over say the last two or three years that most use those slangs when hang in with their friends and family. Another case of double standards of using race as an excuse to complain and make someone else responsible for giving them something they otherwise aren’t entitled to.

    3. bill says:

      or how about the fact that one of the people who filed the complaint was evidently discriminating against whites when he hired way too many black people.

    4. Shannara says:

      Duh!! Everybody in this situation is racist. The superintendent is a self-hating racist idiot. The staffers are just as racist because they can only tell if their being discriminated against IF the discrimanator is white. Just ridiculous

  3. aleis38 says:

    as a black person..I say stop being so damn sensitive 1.
    2…be professional! nobody needs to be reminded of their color all the damn time.
    we all human. only people with low self esteem point out race as a negative.

    1. Mary in LA says:

      Well said!

      1. jamman says:

        except for the ‘we all human. Tgat is bad grammar.

    2. CommandStation says:

      I hope you are referring to the black community (sensitive). They are ultra sensitive and racist – even after all what the Irish did back in the Civil War and the whites who walked with the blacks during the civil rights movement.

      1. CommandStation says:

        And … I feel like a black man being held down by the black man! Peace out!

      2. StopAndThink says:

        “I hope you are referring to the black community (sensitive).”

        Clearly, NOTHING gets past you, CS.

      3. aleis38 says:

        fair enough. its alot whites did for blacks through-out the centuries. sadly the ignorance of you guys` few has effected all. i think its going to get better…honestly. but we still young in being civilized in america…so…you all will have to be patient with us 🙂
        or fight with us…which is pointless. its gotten neither of is anywhere.
        we still have to deal with the identity issues (we are not africans) and the mindset of whites in power. its rough.

    3. vickie says:

      I am a white woman from the backwoods of MS.I agree with you 100%

    4. StopAndThink says:

      I agree. Frankly, most of the resentful comments by non-blacks in this blog seem to be reactions to the kind of things you reference. In my 40+ years of life as a white male, I have only met a handful of hateful whites. By far, where I did see negativity it was a reaction to the kind of things you reference. In all cases, judging others by the content of their characters vs. the outward characteristics with which they were born will allow doers to achieve, rocks sink to the bottom and to see other people more than other colors.

    5. Jack says:

      aleis38, If you want to be treated professionally, try using proper grammar and punctuation and show you’ve had a minimum of education.

      1. aleis38 says:

        nah. on the internet its lazy writing style. deal with it. u must be old…

  4. Charles U. Farley says:

    “If she wasn’t a person of color, me personally, I would have gone after her long before now,” bus driver Ritchie Coleman told the station.

    Does that really surprise anyone??????

    1. MrObstat says:

      Sounds like something Eric [affirmative action] Holder would say!

  5. JP2012 says:

    “The Tukwila school district is one of the most diverse in the state; seventy percent of the children are minorities.”

    Classic liberal thinking…a majority of minorities = diversity.

    1. Jean Deux says:

      thanks! now i know where not to move!!!!!

      1. Kimberly says:

        I used to live near Tukwila, it is a beautiful town with very nice people. There are many worse places to live, believe me. Very little racism, but there are a few people with chips on their shoulders, just like anywhere else.

    2. blahblah says:

      70% are minorities … isn’t that an oxymoron?

  6. Typical says:

    “If she wasn’t a person of color, me personally, I would have gone after her long before now,” bus driver Ritchie Coleman told the station.”

    Yup – par for the course – stay strong!!!

  7. Eric says:

    “If she wasn’t a person of color, me personally, I would have gone after her long before now,” bus driver Ritchie Coleman told the station.

    Wrong is wrong, why cut her slack just because of her skin color?

    1. Deskboy says:

      Black people do that all the time.

    2. SliderX69 says:

      That’s what I thought, but now days its a black world and everyone owes them something.

  8. Recon2 says:

    I suspect that there is more here than meets the eye. Perhaps Ms. Burke refuses to buy in to the racial victimology meme and must be taught a lesson.

  9. ed357 says:

    This will be an interesting case…….

    How does a black boss “racially discriminate” against black employees?

    Inappropriate and demeaning language makes it a hostile work environment……..

    but “racial discrimination”……..I think not.

    1. Steve says:

      Why can’t a black boss discriminate against black employees? How is it any different than white college admissions officers discriminating against white college applicants?

      At the end of the day, if the person takes action (or refrains from action) because of race, that is discrimination. It doesn’t matter what color that peron is.

      1. Derron says:

        You mean like affrimative action?

      2. Shannara says:

        Discrimination is wrong no matter who it’s coming from.

    2. jamman says:

      Obviously White People are behind it all. somehow.

    3. Shannara says:

      Ed357, it IS racial discrimination because she has taken special time out of her day ONLY to harass her BLACK employees not the WHITE ones, the BLACK ones. I guess it’s unbeknownst to you that SOME black people do discriminate against other people in their race. Ex: there’s always a dark skin vs. light skin issue. I’ve even heard SOME black people talk about how much they hate their own skin color and others that are black. It’s just like how some white people want to be black and dislike other whites. Look it up! It’s actually very fascinating and even more ridiculous.

  10. luckydog says:

    give them an inch and thy will take a mile.

  11. gospace says:

    “The Tukwila school district is one of the most diverse in the state; seventy percent of the children are minorities.”

    Are you certain you know the meaning of the word diverse? 70% are all the same- or are they all different? Also, 70%, last I checked, is a majority. So, the majority makes up a minority, therefore, diversity exists… My head hurts.

    1. Brian says:

      For the last several decades, if not longer, “diversity” has meant “anything but whilte”.

      Given this definition, it makes more sense when these people state, “The Tukwila school district is one of the most diverse in the state; seventy percent of the children are minorities”.

      1. Brian says:

        Correction: For the last several decades, if not longer, “diversity” has meant “anything but WHITE”.

        Sorry for the typo

    2. Jennifer says:

      Good one! I concur with the logic (believe it or not). These employees should have spoke out LONG ago. Shows how decades of “protect your own” and “put the collective over the individual” simply does NOT make sense.

    3. Kimberly says:

      The Seattle area, of which Tukwila is a part, also has a large asian population, generous numbers of people from the islands, and also from Eastern Europe, and Russia. There are also several American Indian tribes in the area, including one in Tukwila. That 70% number is not black, it is actually a diverse population.

  12. shempus says:

    Diversity should not be a goal in of itself. It is actually an obstacle to be overcome if necessary. Forced busing and forced integration in the name of diversity, as most tear-jerk reactionary lefite-inspired policies, never works.

  13. Awah says:

    But we’ve been told for decades that blacks can’t be racist. Their suit should be thrown out and those employees should be ordered to attend sensitivity training for even suggesting such a thing, right? Or should people just grow up and quit being so weak that they feel the need to file lawsuits whenever someone hurts their widdy feewings?

  14. Ryan says:

    “Seventy percent of the children are minorities”? Last time I checked 70% is a majority.

    1. Daisy says:

      Math is not eternally consistent in some parts of the world. Seattle and D.C. are 2 of the notable exemptions from the regular rules governing reality.

      1. evan says:

        minorities in the sense of race. non-whites are the minority in this great country….

    2. blahblah says:

      the majority are minorities … thus it is ‘diverse’

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  16. enoughAlready911 says:

    The predictable genious of Progressive Socialists.

  17. richhenk says:

    You know, blacks aren’t the only population which has been enslaved. The word ‘slave’ is used all the time in the context of work. I do understand that it might strike a nerve, but offense is taken and not given. I am a little sick though of all the thin-skinned people in this world who cry every time something doesn’t go their way, or they don’t get what they want.

    1. Bill in Tennessee says:

      In fact, the word “slave” comes from a corruption of the word “slav” meaning (yes, you guessed it) Europeans of Slavic descent who were pressed into forced labor. Thus Slavs eventually became “slaves” in our language. Black slaves were fairly late arrivals to that now-defunct (except in parts of Africa) institution. For some reason, slavery is practiced in the more primitive parts of Africa, as it has been from before the white man ever set foot on that continent.

      1. Jennifer says:

        STOP WITH THE FACTS….you are making my brain ouchy.

  18. Bill in Tennessee says:

    It’s a fun thing to watch when the Left begins devouring its own. The Left does that on a regular basis, but particularly when stressed out and when there is an absence of targets for their anger among the mainstream or the Right. So let the feeding frenzy begin…this will continue to play out over several months. What FUN!

  19. lensman says:

    If I knew then what I know now, I would have picked my own cotton.

    1. Dave says:

      Planned Parnethood and other abortion for profit operations are killing poor blacks before they even have a chance. One day they will realize what the liberals are doing to them. Black babies are aborted at a much higher rate than whites. Read Star Parker’s book about the black experience.

  20. Lorenzo says:

    Liberals believe that “people of color” can never be racist, nor can white liberals, even when they clearly are. Ergo, these employees will be ignored by the media to protect the liberal narrative, or better, they will somehow turn the superintendent into a Tea Party activist. It it wasn’t for double standards, liberals would have no standards at all.

  21. Mr. Redhat says:

    If she wasn’t a person of color, me personally, I would have gone after her long before now,” bus driver Ritchie Coleman told the station.

    Give me a break! This comment is racist in itself. Because she was black he waited to file a complaint. Hey Ritchie does it matter what color the skin is. Apparently to you it does. You’re the racist for profiling your boss.

    1. Derron says:

      Eric Holder our Attorney General says black people cannot be racist?

  22. Truly offended says:

    Simply feigning outrage because they see a pay day. Don’t see anyone complaing or being offended by all the rappers and athletes that use the N word towards one another daily. Not offended unless they see Ca$h that may possibly come their way.

  23. Vo Reason says:

    Since when is 70% “diverse”? Would 90% people of color be even more “diverse”?

  24. Steve says:

    It’s still the white mans fault.

  25. jens says:

    We keep filling our courts with stupid lawsuits over someone getting their dam(n) feelings hurt – which really is all it boils down to – costing taxpayers money, etc…. because someone thinks they see a payout on their horizon – the new American way – wants to be rich but doesn’t want to actually have to work for it – just easier to sue sue sue.

  26. Steve says:

    I thought all you had to do was get the white people out of the leadership roles and utopia would rise like the phoenix.

    1. O'Man Rio says:

      That is the belief here in Atlanta. Every election the black community is reminded that they need to vote black. That’s how the free thinking and independent African -Americans managed to vote 98% Obama.
      No over group :Catholic ,Jews, Hispanics, Asians have that much in common.

    2. Jim says:

      It certainly has worked that way all over Africa hasn’t it?

  27. Citizen says:

    Wait…how in the world does 70% minority equal “diverse”? Diversity doesn’t mean minority…

  28. Curmudgeon10 says:

    One reads stories like this and the only conclusion that can be made is that some black people are so confused over what “racial discrimination” actually is that it undermines the society’s ability to deal with it when it actually happens.

    Haven’t I heard, for instance, that it is OK for black people to use the “N” word, but certainly no others?

  29. steamboat says:

    LOL – More Jungle bunnies on parade.

  30. granny says:

    If all the blacks who call other blacks “nigga” get sued by all the other blacks who call each other “nigga” then we could finally have a redistibution of wealth that the country can agree on.

  31. Boston says:

    I like: “the school district is one of the most diverse in the state; seventy percent of the children are minorities”. So I guess 100% minority is the ultimate in progress.

  32. Crosscut says:

    Sorry they were born black but they are just going to have to live with it. Believe me, if there was some way to turn them white we’d do it in a heart beat.

  33. MissouriJack says:

    It’s always fun to watch liberals feed on their own.

  34. O'Man Rio says:

    I am still waiting for the racist SAT and Civil Service test to be banned.

    I saw 2+2 = 4 and 5×6 =30 hanging around the school yard taunting people of color.

  35. Mike says:

    “The Tukwila school district is one of the most diverse in the state; seventy percent of the children are minorities”

    Uhh, actually that means it’s *NOT* very diverse.

  36. Ben says:

    What’s worse. Being called a slave, or acting like one? Black people are their own worst enemy.

  37. Tad Anderson says:

    Isn’t the following statement a source and sign of racial discrimination also? “If she wasn’t a person of color, me personally, I would have gone after her long before now,” bus driver Ritchie Coleman told the station.

    Why would there be a difference in the timing of a complaint if the guilty party was black or non-black? Isn’t discrimination still discrimination regardless of color, or does the double standard apply for principals like it does for comedians and the so-called musicians who use the “N” word in every other sentence and think it’s funny, as long as they are black?

  38. Heinrich H. says:

    To some people, everyone is a potential racist…..except them. The racial attitude of one of the plaintiffs is telling:
    “If she wasn’t a person of color, me personally, I would have gone after her long before now..”
    Your boss is the racist, however, you admit you treat people differently according to skin color. It’s time we recognize the small minority of perpetually offended people will never be satisfied. It is a mental problem which requires a psychiatrist, not a lawsuit.

  39. barry1817 says:

    can’t be any racism, we have been told that blacks can’t be racists.

    1. Derron says:

      Eric Holder the U.S. Attorney General told you that.

  40. jimmy says:

    I can believe it. Get on the gravy train. woo woooooooooo.

  41. Derron says:

    According Eric Holder black people cannot be racist?

  42. Tyrone says:

    Just for the record, “J Dark” is an awesome nickname…almost as good as “Darkness:.

  43. Bob A says:

    So these plantiffs are racists. They admitt they would have filed a claim against her much earlier if she had been white. But because she is black they ignored her. Negroes sticking together, just like in the hood.

  44. workingman says:

    i wonder if Jesse and big AL will come to there rescue? if they don’t i wonder why they wouldn’t

  45. Ibrahim Escandaro says:

    Racism in the Black community knows no bounds.

  46. Dr. J Dark Diversity says:

    Diversity is NOT when ANY segment of the group is 70%. Dear Editor and Writer, get out Webster’s and read the definition of diversity please.

  47. eyeonfastball says:

    I wonder if whies really care one way or the other all this crying from blacks is like water on a ducks back to whites it just makes whites go to sleep.

  48. Gumpy one says:

    The fact that Mr Coleman and MS Mavas are brother and sister with an axe to grind against anyone who can line their pockets should be pretty interesting. They have a VERY long history of working the social systems.

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