First posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:37 PM EDT | Updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 12:49 PM EDT
A teacher in Oklahoma has some explaining to do after it was revealed that he taught his class that “to be white is to be racist.”
According to news station KFOR, a student who didn’t want to be named secretly recorded the class about how to “heal the racial divide” on her cell phone - and the message is raising alarm bells with students and parents alike.
The video shows the teacher using a Wite Out marker on a globe to illustrate where white people have used their racial influences. The student said, the teacher “was basically comparing what he had done to the globe to what we did to America.”
Then the teacher went on a rant about what being a racist was all about.
“To be white is to be racist, period,” the teacher said. “Am I racist? I say yeah. I don’t want to be. It’s not like choose to be racist, but do I do things because of the way I was raised?”
The student who is half Hispanic and half Caucasian told KFOR she was “offended” by her teacher labelling her a racist. “Half of my family is Hispanic so I just felt like, you know, him calling me a racist just because I’m white … I mean, where’s your proof in that,” she said. “I felt like he was encouraging people to kind of pick on people for being white.”
The teacher couldn’t be reached for comment. High school officials did give a statement to the news station and said that the teacher was using a “perspective that had been shared at a university lecture he had attended.”
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