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article imageTeacher suspended for accusations of racism

By Ryan Hite     Jun 2, 2014 in Politics
Monroe - Two weeks before he retires, a middle school teacher is struck with a large dose of political correctness when he teaches a history lesson on racism in the United States and shows a video with blackface on it.
A Michigan middle school teacher was suspended two weeks before his planned retirement after showing his class a video of white people in blackface during a lesson on Jim Crow segregation laws.
According to the Monroe News, notable Monroe Middle School teacher Alan Barron, who has been an educator for 36 years and is considered the very best in the district, was put on administrative leave last month after an assistant principal sat in on a history class where Barron discussed segregation laws.
The instruction reportedly included a video about how white people used blackface to intimidate African-Americans during entertainment in the 1800s.
Parents whose children are in Barron’s eighth-grade class told the paper that the administrator thought the lesson plan was offensive and racist.
One parent whose husband is African-American, said Barron was simply showing her child and others in class what actually happened in history.
“She was more offended that they stopped the video,” she said according to the Monroe News. “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?”
“Mr. Barron has been on leave for about a week while we look into a reported situation in his classroom,” the official statement read. “Because this is a personnel matter that is going through the teacher-contract required steps, we cannot comment any further.”
Parents and students also came out in support of the teacher.
“Mr. Barron is one of the ... great teachers we have in Monroe Public Schools,” one parent wrote in a letter that was distributed through Facebook. “He has changed many children’s lives over the course of his career. If Mr. Barron felt that he was teaching something that was offensive, he would most definitely not have done it.”
He was since reinstated and will return for the last two weeks of his teaching career.
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