An investigation is underway at George C. Marshall High School, after a Fairfax County mom says her son was allegedly asked to speak “blacker” by a teacher during what the mother said was a lesson on stereotypes.
Nicole Page says it all started when an English teacher asked her son to read a Langston Hughes poem aloud.
Her ninth grade freshman son, Jordan Shumate, is the only African-American in the class. Page says when her son stopped and said he was uncomfortable with the dialogue, the teacher stepped in.
“She interrupted me after I finished the first stanza, and told me to read it ‘blacker,’” recounts Jordan. “She said, ‘Blacker, Jordan. Come on, I thought you were black.’”
And Page says this isn’t the first incident of the teacher’s cultural insensitivity, as reported by her son. She says there was a poem by Tupac Shakur that she wanted him to rap out.
For her part, Page says she is shocked: “Very sad, a mourning for my child’s loss of innocence that he would have to experience something like this.”
“The Marshall High School administrators are taking the accusations seriously and they are pursing the investigation vigorously,” says Jon Torre, spokesman for Fairfax County Public Schools.
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THIS SHIT NEEDS TO STOP.
Update: Looks like the teacher, Marilyn Bart, was eventually placed on paid administrative leave while the school investigated. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find any info on what happened after that, though my search has not been super extensive.
Reminds me of my play director in 6th grade who implored me to read my lines “like a white man”. How terrible, my heart goes out to this child.
lazy-artistgal-deactivated20140 asked: I see on this blog that preference is bad? I hope I don't come off as bad for this, but I am a woc and prefer other races than black men. Growing up my mother always told me and my siblings how black men are most likely to cheat, go to jail, have baby mamas, and lazy. I used to go to an all black school were the boys were horrid to their girlfriend and threaten them. I know not all black men are like this, but I just can't shake off the things my mother who is a woc say and the things I've seen.
Yeah everything you’ve just said is disgustingly anti-black. Like what you just wrote not only holds absolutely no basis but is some of the most disgustingly racist anti-black racist bullcrap I’ve ever read. I am disgusted, and if I’m honest based on what you just wrote black men don’t need someone as gross and anti-black in their life as you.
Ok dang they need to chill like honestly the girl obviously grew up in a household where her mom ingrained that ideology into her impressionable mind sheesh like damn
She’s not gonna snap out of it just because you insult her
How bout being nice an helping her realize how awesome black people can be when they aren’t being condescending bitches..just a suggestion
You’re calling me a condescending bitch? What the fuck do you think this is? A minstrel show? Am I supposed to put together some slide show proving “how awesome black men are”? Have you lost your fucking mind? If I were you I’d watch my step because I’m so close to ripping your ridiculously dense self a new one.
I don’t understand why people act like reacting to racism with anger is problematic. That shit is infuriating and ugly and violent. Yet you’re supposed to be this inhumanly saintly and patient educator? The burden of ignorance is on the person spouting the racist ideology, not the people who find that despicable shit despicable. It’s like blaming the teacher because you failed a test you didn’t study for.
I just don’t get that shit. “Blah blah racism,” “Fuck off,” “Omg how could you?” The fuck is wrong with some people.
She just grew up with an ideology. And our envioments and social interactions does shape who we’re attracted to and unattracted to. I have a cousin who states that he isn’t attracted to black women because of AB and C experiences. As a WoC myself I’m not attracted to black men, but I still love them. I have good friendships with a few and obviously all my male relatives on my mother side of the family are black, and they mean the world to me. Honestly I think my reason is the same. More or less from observing the black men I was surrounded with or saw on those horrid reality tv shows and in the general public; for those whom I had constant interactions with (school, family, etc) I saw patterned qualities that repelled me and still does.. But then agian she has the right to be attracted to anyone she likes. If she has a preference she can have it. You can’t police black women bodies. If you read gradient lair’s blog she speaks of black men and criticise them. Not to say other races are saintly, they’ve done some pretty nasty shit too when it comes to black women. But see growing up all the white/hispanic/asian guys were super nice to me and the blacks would call me all sorts of bitches and then fat or lame. So that shifted my attractions.
Another pathetic and lame excuse for anti-blackness. You should be ashamed of yourself, because I’m disgusted. Don’t you dare compare your anti-black drivel to the writing of Gradient Lair, of course she criticises them we are black women we want an end to patriarchal ideals within our communities. I’m pretty sure all women levy criticism of men within our communities. That does not mean we refuse to look at them as romantic partners because of anti-black racist stereotypes. You are disgusting.
I only named an experience not a stereotype. I shared something that I personally have went through. Also Dr.Kanazawa does not own psychology today. If that was so unsatisfactory to you, then do your own research on human attraction. And stop repeating the rhetoric phrases of me being anti-black and disgusting, it shows you have very limited understanding on the matter. A stereotype would be “All black men are horrible thugs” with no actual experience with black men. Or “Black men are abusive” without actually suffered abuse from black men. :p At this point I can’t really take you seriously, I’m pretty apathetic towards your argument *yawn* Come back when you’ve done your homework(researched physical and psychological attractions in humans) then we can have a grown woman convo. Until then stop replying with same fleeting useless boring comebacks like “you’re disgusting” “you are anti-black”.
It’s funny to me because if this was said by a white person you’d probably be up in arms, but you think that you are immune from perpetuating anti-blackness. It also amuses me that you think you’re the only person in the world with access to resources to read on these issues. I know that guy doesn’t own the site but if they publish those kinds of articles anybody with common sense would seriously question their credibility. You can *yawn* all you want it won’t change the fact that you are anti-black and unapologetically so as hell. I have several bad experiences with men of different races (including narrowly avoiding being sexually assaulted quite a few times) I have enough sense not to base my judgements on an entire race of men on a few encounters and several racist stereotypes. Unfortunately for you, you don’t have the intelligence to do so. As I said before I hope all that anti-blackness chokes you.
I’m not black, but I am a POC/WOC.
Can someone explain this all to me? How is it racist if she’s saying she’s going from her experiences? Isn’t it experiences that shape preferences? According to what she’s saying, she was conditioned by her environment, and while she knows not all black men are like that, she just prefers otherwise. They’re not stereotyping anyone, they’re speaking from lived experiences.
Look at this person rationalizing all anti-blackness/racism through “Wah lived experiences!” and then trying to say they’re not stereotyping anyone when by definition that’s what they did.
Non-Black people struggle their little hearts out to try and make their hatred of us all gumdrops and lollipops. I swear.
Thank you so much for that. I was asking a question, some sort of explanation for the vitriolic nature of the responses, not attacking anyone, for fuck’s sake. But really, thank you for the passive aggressive lack of actual response.
Also, I’d like to point out that you say “all anti-blackness/racism” as if I just excused everybody. Unlike you, I understand that things are situational, and that you can’t shout “RACISM” the second you see something, because you don’t know the context. I know that racism is fucked up, and I know it exists. She said she prefers other men, not that she hates men of color/black men. She’s careful of black men because she was exposed to shitty things. If a kid gets bit by a dog too many times, it doesn’t make them an awful person for not being the keenest on dogs. If you touch something and it burns, you don’t want to touch it again, even if you know it won’t burn every time. For her, that initial burn was enough that she feels most comfortable not being with a black man. She came to that blog for a reason, probably someone to tell her that she’s okay, she’s not an awful person, and maybe in the hopes that they’d provide her with reasons to not feel the way she does about black men.
But instead she gets shit on by that community.
Also, I’d like to thank you for putting so much emphasis on the fact that I’m not black, for further widening the chasm between “POC/WOC” as it exists between blacks and non-blacks. And y’all complain about microaggressions.
Okay that last shit pissed me off.
Fuck you. You are NOT Black. Fuck yes that shit is gonna be brought to light because its relevant. You don’t know the intricacies of the Black community do you? You don’t know all of our lived experiences. Sorry to break it to you but you being a PoC does not somehow invite you into the conversations/arguments between Black people. You being a PoC does not give you a pass to talk about SPECIFIC Black issues. Like who are you? If you’re not Black and you’re talking about Black shit literally no one cares.
The chasm wasn’t widened because you were never invited to this shit anyway. This is why Black people have started moving away from PoC solidarity tactics because of this paternalistic bullshit. There are PoC issues and there are issues SPECIFIC to the group. You not being Black is relevant, you not knowing the socialization and experiences and how they contribute to this conversation is relevant, and you not being a Black woman in the Black community and understanding this entire conversation from a primary, first hand view is relevant. Sorry to break it to you.
How about instead of a “LALA,YOU DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT BUT OUT” stance, you try to tell me. Or is this more of that “not our job to educate you” thing? This conversation is actually between a non-black person (two, if I include myself) and several black persons. The topic has to do with the possible perpetuation of stereotypes and how that reflects on the chick asking the question. Last time I checked, you don’t have to be black, or even a POC, to say whether or not people here were being completely rude and taking a collective shit on the girl asking a single fucking question. She wanted clarification on the matters of preference, and just how far that goes before it becomes racism, and hers definitely toes the line, but instead of trying to say “hey, actually, that’s a racist mentality and you should learn to not do that”, you pushed her over the fucking line without hope of getting back.
Would y’all look at this oppressive ass rhetoric here. You ain’t no better then white folks.
POC solidarity is a myth.
That wasn’t the least bit productive of a response at all, but thank you for your time. I’m officially done. If anyone would like to bother me, talk to me, or just call me an oppressive whitey, my inbox is always open, and you don’t even have to show your face.
Neither was your bullshit up and down this post. You’re not black and I’m not stupid enough to believe all POC are welcoming of black folks and our cultures.
Be quiet next time.
yo what the fuck is this shit. this bitch grew up with a racist anti black piece of shit mother and wants to use the excuse of going to high school with bad scary black men who suck as a reason to see no black men as attractive ever for any reason and to not think they are worthy of attraction or time of day because they will all kill, rape and fucking abuse her or have 80000s baby mommas and go to jail regularly. and this isn’t antiblack? you literally do not see Black men as humans full of diversity and are preaching every single thing white supremacy teaches about Black people and you are not antiblack? like honestly, this shit is the reason i am not about poc solidarity. because of this. how is each person of color who isn’t Black not sure how this is antiblack? how you can look at all Black men as brutes beasts and animals and not understand how that is inherently antiblack? but alas, antiblackness is beyond not liking Black people, it is about NOT VIEWING BLACK PEOPLE AS HUMAN. AND LETS BE REAL, THEY VIEW BLACK MEN LIKE THIS THEY VIEW THE WOMEN WHO ASSOCIATE AND CREATE THESE MEN LIKE THIS. THEY HATE BLACK PEOPLE, BELIEVE US TO BE INHUMAN AND INHERENTLY CRIMINAL AND BAD. WE ARE STILL EVERYTHING SLAVERY SAID WE WERE AFTER SLAVERY HAS BEEN ABOLISHED IN VISIBLE PLANTATION FORM BUT THEY WANT TO CRY ABOUT BEING YELLED AT BECAUSE FEELINGS, WHILE LITERALLY PERPETUATING THE IDEA THAT NOT ONLY ARE BLACK PEOPLE INHUMAN AND SUBHUMAN BUT ANTI-HUMAN. LIKE… HOW MANY BLACK MEN EXIST IN THIS WORLD AND YOUR MOMS A CUNT AND THAT’S A GOOD EXCUSE? LOL
Did you know? Prom is coming up! And you have a right to express your gender identity. Your school may be violating the law if it doesn’t allow a female student to wear a tuxedo or a male student to wear a dress.
reblogging for my followers who will be going to prom this year