ANALYSIS: Racial Insensitivity in the Classroom Has to Stop

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  • In our so-called post-racial America after the historic election of President Barack Obama, racial dysfunction continues to creep into the nation’s public school classrooms.

    Get this: A white New Mexico high school teacher recently told a black student that he shouldn’t dress up like Santa Claus because Santa Claus is white.

    Yes, you read it right.

    Students at Cleveland High School in Rio Rancho, just north of Albuquerque, were told last week they could dress up as holiday characters. But when Christopher Rougier, an African American ninth grader, showed up dressed as Santa Claus, he was called out by his teacher.

    “Christopher, don’t you know Santa Claus is white? Why are you wearing that?” the student’s father, Michael Rougier, told local television station KOB, describing the teacher’s remarks.

    The teacher has been placed on paid administrative leave, but Rougier’s father, Michael, said his son was embarrassed by the incident. And because Christopher is autistic, Rougier says, his son was extremely disturbed by the teacher’s racially-inflammatory comments.

    “I don’t think he needs to be teaching our kids,” Michael Rougier said.

    Well said.

    The episode at the New Mexico school came just days after a Fox News anchor proclaimed on the air that Santa Claus was white.

    “And by the way, for all of you kids watching at home, Santa just is white, but this person is just arguing maybe we should also have a black Santa,” Fox anchor Megyn Kelly said. “But, you know, Santa is what he is.”

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    2 thoughts on “ANALYSIS: Racial Insensitivity in the Classroom Has to Stop

    1. As a school administrator, your topic is relevant and very important to address. In our diverse society and schools we must teach tolerance and respect ethnicity, gender and religious beliefs. All educators should be held to those simple standards.

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