COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) – Christopher Wright, a citizen of Colorado Springs, claims that District 11 Board Member Al Loma has made racist comments and is actively spreading misinformation about COVID-19 on its social media pages.
“I’m not interested in an apology or a response, I’m only interested in his resignation. That’s all I want,” Wright said.
Wright’s calls for Loma to step down stem from social media posts about vaccination mandates, the Clinton campaign and President Joe Biden. In response, he plans to demonstrate outside Loma’s church, Victory Outreach every Sunday and Wednesday until May 1, the first day Loma can be recalled.
There was also talk of an incident where Wright says Loma told a D11 relative he was going to “slap them” after a public comment at a D11 council meeting.
“My preference would be for him to publicly apologize for the blatant racist misinformation and comments he has made and resign so that our children are no longer subject to his bigotry,” Wright said.
However, Loma has a different recollection of the events of that night. Loma told KRDO his comment was directed at D11 Superintendent Michael Thomas in a private conversation a few days after the board meeting.
Loma says he was responding to parents’ concerns after an individual told a board meeting, “You’re dancing with the devil and I’m the stick.”
“It was kind of like a thug comment and I was like, ‘Wow, what is this guy doing,'” Loma said. “I was a bit shocked. I never spoke to a parent that night.”
He says his private conversation with Superintendent Thomas was later taken out of context.
“I told him how I felt and within an hour he released it to the press. It’s a bit dirty, to say the least.”
Loma said he and Thomas have not spoken since the private conversation. Loma claims Thomas has been on vacation ever since.
“I really don’t know his intentions. I don’t know his heart. It calls into question a lot of things that concern me,” Loma said.
For Wright, he does not believe the claim and stands by his reasoning that Loma had racist intent in his remarks.
“Fortunately people can look at an old racist and see an old racist, but the problem is that it gives a green light to a kid who maybe thinks maybe he’s not as good as me,” Wright said.
Loma told KRDO he was not considering resigning under pressure. He views the accusations as a blessing in disguise.
“I consider this attack a success because I have to do something right. I didn’t even know anyone was paying attention to me,” Loma said.
KRDO reached out to District 11 to comment on the claims Saturday. At the time of publication of this article, we have not yet received a response. However, we have read the D11 code of ethics.
It does not appear that Loma’s social media post or conversation with Superintendent Thomas violated any code of ethics for their employees or board members.
Loma says he will invite protesters to his church any Sunday or Wednesday.
“We’re for them. Whatever they’ve been told, I don’t know what they’ve been told but I care about every single one of those people who show up tomorrow. I’m not their enemy. I hope that ‘one day I will be their pastor,’ Loma said.