*In a lecture that was intended to close the racial divide gap, a Norman, Oklahoma teacher showed a YouTube video on imperialism and followed it up with a discussion on why ALL white people are racist.
And though the teacher was not identified, anyone listening to the voice on the video (scroll down) can pretty much presume he’s not Black.
And I would be remiss if I didn’t add that, if he was Black, we would know exactly who he is.
A video was sent to NBC affiliate, KFOR, from a student who was offended by the class discussion. A white student, who felt the comment was unsubstantiated and unfair. The student felt that white people were being blamed for something just because they are white.
I can see Black folk now. Arms outspread in a ‘What?’ kind of posture. Puzzled looks on their faces as if to say, “But the comment is coming from one of you.”
In the video that was shown to the students prior to the discussion, a man demonstrates the effects of European influence across the world by using white-out on a globe.
In the recording (verbiage shown in the screenshot above), the teacher asks: “Am I racist? And I say yeah. I don’t want to be. It’s not like I choose to be racist, but do I do things because of the way I was raised?”
“To be white is to be racist, period,” the teacher responds to his own question.
The student who sent the video, which was taken on her cell phone and prompted by the imperialism video the teacher had shown (in anticipation of what it would lead to) is speaking in disguise to the media on the video below. The student says…
“Half of my family is Hispanic, so I just felt like, you know, him calling me racist just because I’m white. … I mean, where’s your proof in that,” she said. “I felt like he was encouraging people to kind of pick on people for being white.”
“You start telling someone something over and over again that’s an opinion, and they start taking it as fact,” she said.
It seems white youth are now getting to sip the juice served up to Black youth on a regular basis. And from the comments, they (and their parents), don’t like the taste of it.
“Why is it okay to demonize one race to children that you are supposed to be teaching a curriculum to,” the girl’s father asked in an interview with KFOR.
Now in all fairness, such sweeping generalizations like the one this teacher put out, is never accurate in my opinion. And I agree, it’s unfair to put such judgements on an entire race of people vs. individuals in that race. But I also believe, and I can’t help but think of something Democratic presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, has often had to insert when attempting to clarify comments she was accused of making. The context in which the comment is made. Not an “excerpt” of it.
The teacher’s comments may have been steeped in the fact that ‘racism’ is the result of a power structure; something that only white people in this country had and continue to have.
Therefore, Black people can’t possibly be racist. They CAN, however, be prejudiced.
There is a difference.
But the teacher who made these comments actually had supporters. White supporters included. And they walked out of the high school in protest, but student organizers did release a statement.
“What has been reported in the news doesn’t accurately portray what happened in our philosophy class, nor does it reflect what we believe in at our school,” said a student who organized the demonstration and participated in the lecture but was not identified by the school district. “The information was taken out of context and we believe it is important to have serious and thoughtful discussions about institutional racism in order to change history and promote inclusivity.”
Well baby, you won’t be able to CHANGE HISTORY (which is unfortunate for the many white people who are ashamed of their ancestors behavior). But your advocacy can be focused on promoting inclusivity that will assist in designing a better future for generations to come.
And a school official, Superintendent Joe Siano, admits the conversation is an important one to have, but does state he wished it could have been handled better.
“Racism is an important topic that we discuss in our schools,” Siano said in the statement emailed to The Washington Post. “While discussing a variety of philosophical perspectives on culture, race and ethics, a teacher was attempting to convey to students in an elective philosophy course a perspective that had been shared at a university lecture he had attended.
“We regret that the discussion was poorly handled. When the district was notified of this concern it was immediately addressed. We are committed to ensuring inclusiveness in our schools.”
Scott Rogers, a former blogger for Conservative Voice, suggested the teacher went too far and told his Twitter followers the educator should be fired.
No word yet on how the school intends to handle this
Watch the video report directly below. I’d LOVE to hear from you in the comment section on this page. Do you feel the teacher should be fired? Why or why not? If your arguments are sound and plentiful, I’ll even publish them!