A teacher who had the idea to dress up in blackface for a school presentation came under fire when she offended several students and parents.
A student who attends Victory Christian School reportedly told their mom about the history lesson, and she expressed her concern to Fox 40.
But according to the station, this mother was not the only parent who was deeply offended by a white teacher darkening her skin to portray a Central African woman.
The mishap ensued last Thursday in Sacramento, California, when an unidentified female teacher dressed up from head to toe in “typical native dress and headdress” for the sake of “authenticity.”
A local California school under fire for allowing the use of Blackface during a presentation. We’re getting reaction from the school superintendent as outrage from students and parents grows. Details at 10 p.m. on @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/M97HSpbcLR
— Bridgette Bjorlo (@bridgettebjorlo) January 27, 2019
The teacher was supposedly celebrating the work of missionary David Livingstone and decided to depict a woman he encountered during his time in Africa in the late 19th century.
However, the elementary chapel speaker aroused anger and shock when she wore a printed African dress, matching headscarf, bare feet and also:
“Used makeup to darken her skin tone on her arms, shoulders, and face.”
Many people who reacted to the social media post on Twitter called out the school and teacher:
Im done. Really it’s 2019. How can you think this is a good idea? pic.twitter.com/3mZ39EZBvZ
— DB Eagles Fan (@sacmochadb) January 27, 2019
If this was such an important lesson to teach the kids, hire a woman of color from a local theater to teach the lesson…creepy.
— Daniel Denney (@DanIelDenney) February 1, 2019
Simple answer…just don’t do it. Many Americans are not ready to take that next step. There is still much pain associated to the illustration of what other races think it like to be black. Just don’t do it. Ask someone of color to come in and help out if possible. #justdontdoit
— A man, his glasses and his dog (@Cradle_MBA) January 31, 2019
The school’s superintendent, John Huffman. said he should have known better and prevented the incident. After the school got a strong reaction from the community, Huffman apologized to parents and students in a statement. He said:
I was wrong to allow the use of makeup no matter how innocent the intentions as it has offended some of my students and parents. I should have anticipated that this could be offensive, and I apologized to my students and parents asking to be forgiven for hurting them.
Fox 40 did not identify the teacher, and she has not yet spoken publicly about the presentation.
Huffman also sent out an email apologizing to families the very next day for the “poor judgment call.”
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