“I’m outraged. As a teacher, you’re imposing your opinion on a bunch of kids,”said parent Cleatress Brown, according to the New York Daily News.
Brown is only one of several parents outraged because learning about Malcolm X during Black History Month has been banned from their child’s elementary school class.
Teachers at Public School 201 reportedly refused to allow fourth graders to write about the assassination of Malcolm X because he was, according to them, “violent” and “bad”.
Brown decided to allow her son to write about Malcolm X anyway and turn his paper in. “That’s called learning,” she said.
Another parent, Angel Minor, 33, says the slight was “…disrespectful to our history,” and that her son was upset because he wasn’t allowed to complete his Malcolm X report.
Malcolm X’s name was originally on the list for students to choose from and write about, but a teacher removed his name saying he promoted violence.
In reality, Malcolm X was a freedom fighter, not a terrorist.
“Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respect everyone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send him to the cemetery,” said Malcolm X.
This statement captures the leader’s outlook: You can and should use violence in self-defense.
African-Americans were, at that time, up against an overtly violent and racist government, supported by white mainstream domestic terrorists.
Department of Education officials said they were looking into the incident, but declined to take a position.