Monroe teacher suspended over segregation lesson

May 31, 2014 Full story: Detroit Free Press 7

A display of items is seen at the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia in Big Rapids.

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“Stop libel and bullying.”

Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#1 May 31, 2014
It sounds like the teacher did nothing wrong. Don't shoot the messenger. Jim Crow was an offensive part of history, and everyone should see it for what it was.

Even race-mixing parents supported the teacher and the video. Why did the reporter have to mention the supporter's husband unless she were White?

“My hand is over my crotch.”

Since: Jan 10

It's time to put it to use

#2 Jun 1, 2014
The teacher did the right thing. I don't seethe reason for the suspension.

Since: Aug 13

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#3 Jun 1, 2014
I taught black history in a real way, which means 2 things mostly: I did not soft-soap slavery and Jim Crow, and I taught that black history begins in Africa, among civilizations and diverse cultures which existed long before slavery.

I'd have probably gotten in trouble for this except that I had an afrocentric principal who liked what I was doing, plus it was a "ghetto" school so the district didn't care.

I did scare some of the white teachers, though, so I must have been doing the right thing.

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Since: Dec 12

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#4 Jun 2, 2014
I would have to view the lesson plan. I would need to find out the teacher's actions and demeanor during the lesson plan before suspending him.
Hot Hot

Little Rock, AR

#5 Jun 2, 2014
This is stupid. This is like telling a math teacher they can't teach derivatives because they might be too hard for some kids, thus will offend them. History is history, the man was doing his job.
Northern Lights

Bastrop, TX

#6 Jun 2, 2014
The teacher did nothing wrong. Were the dumbass administrators trying to hide that part of history from it's students? Did the actually think that those students never heard of segregation? Jim Crow was a big part of America's history. Whoever made the call to suspend that teacher should be chained to a tree and whipped mercilessly with a rattan cane.

“Stop libel and bullying.”

Since: Apr 09

Spotted World

#7 Jun 2, 2014
Hot Hot wrote:
This is stupid. This is like telling a math teacher they can't teach derivatives because they might be too hard for some kids, thus will offend them. History is history, the man was doing his job.
Well, only suspend such a math teacher if they were intoxicated while teaching the class. You don't want anyone to drink and derive... ;-)

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