A self-identified lifelong Democrat in Dallas renounced his support for County Judge Clay Jenkins, accusing him of “terrorizing young girls” in college while allegedly wearing blackface.
At last week’s Dallas County Commissioners Court meeting, Noah Schwartz approached the stand and explained that he was a “lifelong Democrat” and previous supporter of Jenkins.
“[I] really admired your leadership over the past few years, especially during COVID,” Schwartz said to Jenkins directly. “You did everything in your power to keep us safe.”
“I was so proud to call you my county judge,” Schwartz continued. “But that all changed when I read the police report of you going into women’s dormitories while you were in college dressed in blackface because you thought it was funny to terrorize young girls for no reason whatsoever.”
“Not only that, but the police spent two weeks targeting black people in the community for a series of crimes that you committed,” he told Jenkins. “If you hadn’t gotten caught, then you would have been perfectly okay with letting an innocent black man go to jail for your amusement.”
“So how can I trust you to stand with black lives and fight for racial justice when you’ve shown such a blatant disregard for the black community?” asked Schwartz.
He continued, “You’re just another entitled white male who gets a kick out of exploiting women and appropriating other people’s cultures.”
“I can no longer in good conscience support you representing me,” Schwartz concluded.
Jenkins offered no response to Schwartz’s comments.
As reported by The Dallas Express, Jenkins allegedly wore blackface as a student at Baylor University while criminally trespassing in women’s bedrooms, according to a recently uncovered police report.
Jenkins’ campaign manager Sean Gregory responded to these reports admitting that Jenkins broke into the girls’ apartment with his face darkened, but denied any racial component.
“Judge Jenkins apologized then, when he was 19, and continues to be sorry for the poor judgment he exhibited at that time,” said Gregory. “He has never darkened his face in an attempt to appear as a member of another race.”
Jenkins’ political opponent in the race for county judge, Lauren Davis, also criticized him, telling The Dallas Express, “he terrorized four women, ransacked an apartment, and disguised himself. He clearly does not represent the values of Dallas County. I will let his actions speak for themselves. As a Dallas County citizen, I am tired of these career politicians lying to our face and getting away with it.”