Teacher Approves Students To Wear KKK Robes To Class

by Myeisha Essex

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Ku Klux Klan robes in class?

A Las Vegas teacher has received backlash from parents and the community for allowing students to dress in KKK robes and hoods for a U.S. history class presentation.

The teacher, who has remained unnamed, assigned students to write a paper, perform a skit or recite a first-person narrative to show their knowledge of American history. The educator gave permission for two juniors to wear KKK garments, but after one student wore the costume outside of the classroom, he was photographed and the image spread online.

In response to letters of concern from parents, principal Scott Walker issued an apology by letter.

“While the presentation was designed to highlight the atrocities committed by the Klan, and there was no intention to harm or offend on the part of the students, it was in poor judgment and inappropriate for students to go to such lengths to convey their message,” he wrote. “We are deeply sorry for the offensive incident and appreciate your support and cooperation as we use these events as teachable moments about cultural and historical understanding.”

The teacher was not disciplined, but according to the Las Vegas Sun, was reminded to notify the school of “potentially controversial lessons.” Two years ago, a Georgia teacher did the same thing and she was put on administrative leave because the incident upset some of the Black students.

Do you think this Las Vegas teacher went too far? If so, should the teacher be punished for poor judgment?

  • http://tontonmichel.tumblr.com/ Tonton Michel

    Exhibit A of education not equaling common sense. unnecessary production for a class presentation, and teenagers. Teenagers….of course they were going to wear it of the classroom. it is in their nature to foolish.

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  • mikey kun

    What the hell? “Potentially controversial lessons” my ass, this is pure racism, Plain and simple

  • Keshia

    Nothing white people do/say surprises me anymore.

  • http://theblackgirloncampus.blogspot.com Peace

    I don’t think what the teacher did was wrong. It was a US history class, and the KKK were a very important part of US History. It’s not his/her fault that the students decided to wear it outside of the class.

  • Butter

    The teacher might have been misguided. But damn that kid walking around with it was wrong. So they both need to be disciplined.

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    Agreed!

  • The Bishop

    HUH?

  • K

    As a teacher myself, though i teach elementary so this would never be an option for me I have no problem with this, I do have a problem with the student wearing it after class but I will say the teacher should have taken more precautions. If I were a high school teacher I would have had all the students tell me what their projects were. Upon this group telling me their project idea, I would have had them make the robes DURING class in preparation for the presentation and then collected them at the end to ensure (at least under my watch) that they were not used outside of class.

    Also, I actually applaud this teacher because you know what. in 2013 black history isnt taught at all if your child does not attend a black majority school. I live in LA, and majority of my students are hispanic of mexican descent. In school we still get the standard month of february where the school has a program about the typical’s (not to take away from their achievements) of Dr. King, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, etc. The fact that this teacher actually took the time to teach on the misappropriation(to put it mildly) of caucasian’s at the time is applaudable in my book. As far as california standards made by the standards (teaching edicts are called standards) there are literally only a handful that directly deal with the atrocities made against native american and african “american” people of the time. I know the african american one is only linked to abraham lincoln.. this is already too long but I could go on and on but no I dont think the teacher took it too far. She only should have gone a little further to ensure the robes weren’t worn out of class and helped her class understand how truly hurtful (through comparison or whatever it took to reach her students, only she knows) these robes, images and period was for african americans of then and today.

  • JN

    Because we’re just so post-racial right? *sucks teeth*

  • Kay

    You know, some people may think it’s harmless because we are so far removed from the experiences that shaped those events we may not even feel anything about it. I used to think that, until I read about a woman who after being vocal about her husband’s lynching was taken by the KKK in the middle of the night. Her husband’s only crime had been to open up a store in a black area and become competition for the over priced White owned stores for Black dollars. Mind you, this woman was EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT. They tied her up, beat her, hung up on a tree, lit her on fire, and when she still wasn’t dead, they took an axe, and opened her belly. Her baby FELL OUT, cried, and was stomped to death by several of those men there that night.

    Reading things like that made me understand the horrors of slavery, lynching and discrimination. And I didn’t need to put on a Klan robe for that.

  • 33sha

    Poor judgement on the teachers part. Such ‘costumes’ are hurtful and speak hate. Would it be okay for a child to dress in full Nazi regalia? And what was the skit they performed dressed up like that?!

    A power point presentation, with appropriate trigger warnings would have been okay- a skit with kids dressed in klan hoods is at the very least insensitive, and at the worst portraying racist messages.

  • Kenisha

    Seriously? Whats the big deal who cares. It’s history. People need to chill.

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