A white Michigan middle school teacher remains suspended two weeks after he was placed an administrative leave.
Alan Barron was teaching about the history of racial segregation in his eighth-grade class when he showed a video featuring blackface.
It was a historical video showing how white Americans used blackface to mockingly imitate black people as part of a broader social scheme of repression, but a school administrator sitting in on the class found it inappropriate, and Barron was suspended the next day.
He was only a month from retirement, having served 36 years with the school district.
Adrienne Aaron, whose child was in Barron’s class, told the Monroe News, “My child was more offended that they stopped the video,”
“It had nothing to do with racism. History is history. We need to educate our kids to see how far we’ve come in America. How is that racism?”
Barron’s supporters flocked to Facebook, expressing disbelief at the school’s decision.
“Mr. Barron is a darn good teacher, people get offended over everything these days,” wrote one commenter. “Even history.”
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