The chief executive of the National Association for Music Education, Michael A. Butera, has lost his job for saying that ‘blacks and Latinos lack the keyboard skills needed for this field’ in his organisation. This is him.
And this is his instant successor, Michael Blakeslee.
He says: ‘In hindsight, well, gee, maybe our board should have appointed one of our very fine African-American educators or teachers. ‘All I can say is, I think I have some skill sets that will be helpful, and experiences that will be helpful… to move the needle toward a more diverse workforce in education.’