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A substitute teacher in Canada has put themselves under fire over an Instagram post, which was publicly lauded as racially inflammatory.
According to a recent report from the Brampton Guardian, a daily newspaper based in the Canadian province of Ontario, a supply teacher working in the Peel School District took a cell phone picture of a black child in a classroom and subsequently posted a photo of the child with a message making fun of the child’s hair.
The teacher’s photo, which was circulated all over social media, featured a picture of the child compared to an image of actor and comedian Marlon Wayans from the 1996 urban comedy “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice In the Hood.” Underneath the classless display, the teacher wrote “Who rocked it better? LOLOLOL.”
The teacher’s tweet was brought to the attention of the Peel District Public School Board on Saturday, June 2. Carla Pereira is the school board’s director of communications and community relations. Pereira released a statement condemning the teacher’s insensitive public display of foolishness.
“As the post shared is considered anti-black racism, we became concerned as this behaviour is simply unacceptable,” Pereira’s statement reads.
“We don’t yet know how long the investigation will take or what the outcome will be, as we’re just getting started, but want to assure our community that this matter is being taken very seriously by senior leadership of the Peel board,” she added.
The school district would not positively identify the school where this incident happened or the identity of the teacher that perpetrated the despicable act. The teacher was also reprimanded and placed on a form of work restriction, which will severely limit who the teacher can contact and travel to.
These constant incidents of race-based harassment, exploitation, and abuse at the hands of white public school teachers are driving more an more black parents toward homeschooling their children. Ultimately, a black parent should be a black child’s first and most significant educator.
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