Clint McCance Officially Quits School Board

After telling Anderson Cooper he would do it, Arkansas school board member Clint McCance has officially resigned his Midland School District board post. And it didn't even take all queers to kill themselves.


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School Board Member Clint McCance Resigns Under Fire for Facebook Comments

Clint McCance, appearing on Anderson Cooper 360 on CNN this evening, announced that he will resign from the Midland School Board.  The controversy erupted when McCance unleashed an anti-gay tirade on Facebook in response to a rash of bullying-related suicides.

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese issued the following statement:

“Clint McCance’s decision to resign from the school board is a step forward for the community he represents.  We are hopeful the wounds that were inflicted will soon be healed.  What remains troubling is that Mr. McCance focused his regret on particular word choices not the animus behind those words.  We hope he will take this time to reflect not only on the language he used but on what he can do to make the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people better.”


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Clint McCance has family to consider…

A reporter interviews Clint McCance, and relays that McCance is concerned about blowback because he “has a family to consider.” That, of course, is the same family the Midland school board member referred to when he said he would disown his children if they were gay.

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Clint McCance Resigns: The Back Story

Fair-minded Americans were thrilled last night when Clint McCance – the Midlands School Board Vice President from Pleasant Plains, Arkansas, who was under fire for an anti-gay Facebook tirade – announced he would resign from the board.  Appearing on CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, McCance apologized for his screed that said he would disown his children if they were gay and encouraged LGBT youth suicide.  Read his full posts from when we broke the news on Tuesday evening.

HRC was originally alerted to the comments by Anthony Turner, a 1998 graduate of Midland High School.  Turner’s hope was that national attention would help kids from his town – and ones like it – know that people care about them and hopefully prevent other officials from creating the kind of environment that McCance fostered.  On the heels of a number of bullying-related suicides, we could not let McCance’s hate-filled posts go unanswered.

Because of Arkansas law, the only option at our disposal was for Mr. McCance to resign so we sprang into action to bring enormous pressure upon him, his colleagues on the local school board and his constituents.

The Advocate was the first media outlet to report the story on Tuesday evening, causing so much traffic that their site was periodically unavailable.  Other LGBT blogs followed suit.  HRC also posted screenshots of McCance’s rant on our blog, additionally pointing users to our “Welcoming Schools” resources that give elementary school administrators, teachers and parents across the country the tools to prevent bias-based teasing and harassment among elementary school students. 

Recognizing the impact social media would have on the way this news spread, HRC immediately created a “Fire Clint McCance” Facebook page that began growing at over 1,000 new “likes” per hour.  The group now has about 65,000 followers.  Additionally, we created an online action for citizens to write to the school board and encourage them to call for McCance’s resignation.  HRC President Joe Solmonese personally wrote to the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, the Arkansas Department of Education, members of the Midland School Board and to McCance himself.

Word spread like wildfire and we were able to book Anthony Turner on Wednesday evening’s Anderson Cooper 360 show to tell his story and shine a bright light on McCance’s hate.  Turner was also interviewed by MSNBC, Headline News and other national and local outlets.

Local groups mobilized as well, holding visibility events in Pleasant Plains to demonstrate that McCance’s bigotry had no place in their town.  HRC along with NWA Center for Equality and the Center for Artistic Revolution have a full page ad in today’s Batesville Guard – the local newspaper in Independence County, AR.  We’ll be following up with an ad on Monday offering resources to LGBT and questioning young people who feel alone.

Late last night upon news of McCance’s resignation, HRC President Joe Solmonese issued the following statement: “Clint McCance’s decision to resign from the school board is a step forward for the community he represents.  We are hopeful the wounds that were inflicted will soon be healed. What remains troubling is that Mr. McCance focused his regret on particular word choices not the animus behind those words.  We hope he will take this time to reflect not only on the language he used but on what he can do to make the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people better.”

This is a victory for safe and welcoming schools but also a reminder that we have a long way to go in battling the prejudice and hate that too often isolates LGBT and questioning young people.  Because voters go to the polls on Tuesday, and will in many places select school board members, it’s critical that we take the lessons learned this week and put them into action by selecting fair-minded leaders in our communities.


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What Clint McCance Learned This Week

Also learned by a certain Senate staffer.

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Joe. My. God.

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Clint McCance Apologizes for Anti-Gay Remarks, Resigns from Midland School Board in Arkansas

Midland School Board Member Clint McCance told Anderson Cooper that he is resigning from the school board following a firestorm of outrage over remarks he made on Facebook celebrating the suicides of teens who killed themselves after homophobic bullying.

MccanceEllen DeGeneres also spoke to Anderson about the remarks.

Said DeGeneres: "It would not be acceptable if someone used the N-word. When the civil rights movement happened, it took not just the community of blacks to make a change, but white people needed to step in and say this is unacceptable. We cannot tolerate this and treat any citizen with lesser value. And, I think, as a gay person, I would like to personally ask every heterosexual person out there who is appalled by this to – we need your help now. This is absurd and he should resign.”

I'll have clips up once available.

Previously…
Protesters Call for Resignation of Clint McCance [tr]
Anderson Cooper Rips Clint McCance [tr]
Arkansas Midland School District Distances Itself [tr]
Watch: Thomas Roberts Talks to Arkansas Times Reporter [tr] 
Arkansas School Board Member Clint McCance Wants 'Fags' Dead [tr]


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McCance Quits on Cooper’s Show

CLINT MCCANCE X390 | ADVOCATE.COMWhile appearing on AC360, Facebook gay basher Clint McCance resigned his position as a school board member for the Midland School District in Arkansas.
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BREAKING: Arkansas school board member Clint McCance apologizes, says he’ll resign

Clint McCance, the school board member from Midland, Ark., who recently encouraged gays to kill themselves on his Facebook page, said Thursday night on CNN that he plans to resign his seat:

“I’m sorry I’ve hurt people with my comments,” McCance told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “I’m sorry I made those ignorant comments and hurt people on a broad spectrum. …

“I would never support suicide for any kids,” McCance said. “I don’t support bullying of any kids.”

“The words I used were unfortunate … but they can’t be taken back,” he said. “All I can do now is extend my apologies for my poor speech.”

Read the full story by going here.

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese issued the following statement:

“Clint McCance’s decision to resign from the school board is a step forward for the community he represents. We are hopeful the wounds that were inflicted will soon be healed. What remains troubling is that Mr. McCance focused his regret on particular word choices not the animus behind those words. We hope he will take this time to reflect not only on the language he used but on what he can do to make the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning young people better.”

—  John Wright

Feedback • 10.29.10

Forget “firing” Arkansas school board member Clint McCance or simply “reprimanding” him (“Joel Burns responds to Arkansas school board member who encouraged gays to kill themselves,” Instant Tea, posted Oct. 26). He should be arrested for inciting violence.

He doesn’t understand the uproar because he actually does not believe gay people are “real” people. That is how intense his hate is.

I understand about “free speech,” but if you can’t shout fire in a crowded theater or make terrorist threats on a plane, then you shouldn’t be able to use a high school campus as a platform to tell gay kids they don’t deserve to live.

I grew up in South Arkansas, so I am very familiar with how small towns in the South can serve as a breeding ground for hate and violence against gay people. I thank God I survived. I had no one to turn to, not even my own parents, which is often the case with gay adolescents.

People in Midland who genuinely care about their young people need to march in the streets over this and take advantage of this opportunity to learn and grow and dispel the myths that cause so much hatefulness to be directed toward young gay people. Children do not “turn gay” or “choose to be gay” or “become gay.” They are just gay, and terrified to be honest about it around people who have a lynch mob mentality. And sadly, it is the adults who claim to be Christians who actually pass these violent ideologies and misinformation on to their children.

These comments would never be acceptable if they were spoken about heterosexual students, so why are they accepted when they’re directed at our young gay students? Slap some handcuffs on this person immediately and find something to charge him with — even if he just has to sit in jail overnight — and send a loud and clear message to students on the brink of suicide that Midland School District unequivocally does not tolerate this hate speech and before another amazing student decides jumping off a bridge tonight would be better than going to class tomorrow.

Randy in Dallas

—  Kevin Thomas

Anderson Cooper blasts Arkansas School Board Member Clint McCance

Anderson Cooper wants us to know the face and name of Clint McCance — and he blasted him. Anderson is becoming quite the activist. He wants McCance to come on his show, but that won’t happen. McCance is a tough guy on Facebook, wishing death on young gay kids. But, he couldn’t stand up to AC. This is definitely worth a watch:

Via The Advocate.




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