- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

An Oklahoma school district says one of its teachers “poorly” handled a conversation on race when he said all white people are racist.

Norman North High School recently came under fire when a student recorded her teacher issuing blanket statements about white people. The student went to a local NBC affiliate, which changed her appearance and voice to protect her anonymity.

“To be white is to be racist, period,” a teacher said during a classroom presentation. A video shown to the class included a man using white correction liquid on a globe to rename African countries.

“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,” the student asked during an Oct. 14 interview.

The teacher went on to say that he was racist due to his upbringing, but “didn’t want to be.”

“Why is it OK to demonize one race to children that you are supposed to be teaching a curriculum to,” the student’s father asked.

Dr. Joe Siano, superintendent of Norman Public Schools, also issued a statement in response to the station’s story.

“Racism is an important topic that we discuss in our schools. 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,” the school official said. “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.”

The teacher, who was not identified on air, did not respond to the station’s request for comment.



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