Conservative former NBC and Fox News TV host Megyn Kelly announced last week she had pulled her sons from a Manhattan private school after she claimed a Black activist’s editorial that she found to be offensive circulated among faculty at the school.
Kelly, who turned 50 this week, announced her decision to pull her sons, Edward 11, and Thatcher, 7, from the $59,000-a-year, all-boys Collegiate School during an episode of her podcast “The Megyn Kelly Show” on Monday, Nov. 16.
During the show, Kelly read excerpts from the piece, entitled “If You Really Want to Make a Difference in Black Lives, Change How You Teach White Kids,” which was written by Orleans Public Education Network executive director Nahliah Webber. The piece allegedly was circulated among faculty in the private school in response to the death of George Floyd. Kelly also said her family would be leaving New York City.
“After years of resisting it, we’re going to leave the city,” Kelly said, “we pulled our boys from their school.”
Kelly went on to explain that the “far-left school,” had never aligned with her ideology.
“The school’s always been far-left, which doesn’t align with my own ideology, but I didn’t really care,” she said. “Most of my friends are liberals, I come from a Democratic family, it’s fine. I’m not offended at all by the ideology, and I lean center-left on some things.”
Kelly then added that the school has “gone off the deep end.” The letter was also circulated among the diversity group which includes white people who “want to be allies.”
In the letter, Webber wrote that there “is a killer cop sitting in every school where white children learn,” and that white people are willing to use violence to keep Black people out of white spaces.
Webber holds a masters degree in sociology and education from Columbia University.
“As Black bodies drop like flies around us by violence at white hands, how can we in any of our minds conclude that whites are all right?” Webber asked in the piece.
“White children are left unchecked and unbothered in their schools, homes and communities to join, advance, and protect systems that destroy Black life. I am tired of white people reveling in their state-sanctioned depravity.”
“Where are the government-sponsored reports looking into how white mothers are raising culturally-deprived children who think Black death is OK?”
Webber closed the editorial by suggesting allies who want to challenge racial injustices look into how to “reform white kids, because that’s where the problem is.”
Kelly rebuked Webber’s comments, calling the letter “heartbreaking,” and poisonous.
“Which boy in my kid’s school is the future killer cop. Is it my boy? Which boy is it, because I don’t happen to believe they’re in there,” she said.
Kelly said she would also pull her daughter from her all-girls school, but did not say where the family would move. She said on the podcast that she views the letter as the school’s “attempt to appease” student groups that formed in response to George Floyd’s death.