A white high school teacher from Canada has been assigned ‘homework’ and will face an investigation, after informing the school black face.
The school principal told CNN That a business professor at the Parkdale Collegiate Institute, located near Toronto, Ontario, benefited from black face As part of a Halloween costume on Friday.
A student who spoke to CNN stated that using black face On the part of the teacher made them feel uncomfortable. The student’s name was withheld at the request of his parents.
“It was really uncomfortable and disgusting and yes, it was weird,” commented the student. “I didn’t really feel attacked because I’m not black, but, I mean, even as a white person, I thought ‘that’s totally disgusting.
Julie Ardell, the school’s principal, wrote a letter to parents explaining the situation.
“On behalf of Parkdale CI, I acknowledge and regret the damage this incident has caused to students, staff, families and the shared school climate,” the board wrote. “At our school, we are committed to creating an equal and inclusive learning and learning environment for all students, staff and families. As we begin work to address anti-black racism and all forms of discrimination, it is clear that we must do more.”
The black face It was a practice used in vocalist performances in the mid-19th century, where performers darkened their skin with enamel, wore tattered clothing, and exaggerated their features to resemble caricatures of blacks.
Many early vocalist performances mocked enslaved Africans, generally describing them as lazy, stupid, cowardly, and promiscuous, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and Culture.
“It was very strange,” said the student who spoke to CNN. “Then we go downstairs like some kind of gathering, all the ninth graders, to celebrate Halloween, and [el profesor] He was just there with a black face and the teachers were around him, they weren’t even talking to them [el profesor] About that and I thought “what’s going on?”
Ardell condemned the use of black face As part of the professor’s uniform.
“Cartoons of people’s race or culture are inappropriate, offensive and painful,” the director wrote in the letter. “Regardless of whether this was intentional or not, it is racist and insulting to humanity.”