LA Teachers Mock Black Heroes During Black History Month
Three Los Angeles grade school teachers have been suspended, accused of giving children pictures of O.J. Simpson, RuPaul and Dennis Rodman to carry in a parade, in an apparent attempt to mock black history month.
Children from other classes at the school displayed photos of more appropriate black role models, such as Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman and President Obama, Los Angeles Unified School District spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry said.
The incident occurred at the Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School in South LA, which is 90% Latino.
The issue was brought to district officials’ attention by the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People after the organization received a complaint early Monday, chapter President Leon Jenkins said.
Jenkins said he felt the teachers acted in concert to mock black heroes and children’s innocence.
“These are not the people we want our young people to emulate or believe these people represent the best of the African-American community,” Jenkins said. “It’s hard for the NAACP to believe this was a mistake.”Click here for reuse options!
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