Skip to comments.Mother says school work sheet is racist
Posted on 11/19/2009 5:32:28 AM PST by SolidWood
When she was helping her son with his homework Saturday night, a Central Bucks mother noticed something that surprised and shocked her.
"I couldn't understand what I was looking at," said the woman, whose identity the newspaper has agreed not to disclose.
It was a work sheet called "Solving Equations using Multiplication and Division!" and it featured a photo of a black man wearing a straw hat, shirt and suspenders, with his mostly toothless mouth wide open. As if to underscore the man's stupidity, at the bottom of the picture was written, "No wai!!!"
The mother learned that her son, the only black student in his eighth-grade pre-algebra class at Lenape Middle School, was teased by another student when the assignment was distributed.
"One of the kids in the classroom turned around and said, 'Is that your father?' " she said.
"We are highly insulted and offended. We sent him to school to learn pre-algebra. He should be protected from this stuff, not have it thrown in his face...He gets enough (racial slurs) and negativity from the kids. To have the teacher encourage it?"
The boy's mother said she spent much of the weekend angry and in tears.
"It's very stressful to be an African-American in the community and you want to fit in and you want to embrace all of the things Central Bucks offers you," she said. "Who's protecting us here?"
Monday night, after meeting with the boy's family, NAACP Bucks County President John Jordan issued a written statement denouncing the events.
She plans to keep her son home from school until she feels as though it's safe to send him again.
(Excerpt) Read more at phillyburbs.com ...
So if the picture was of a white man, it wouldn’t be racist?
For every BS charge of racism and insensitivity that comes out, occasionally they get one right. This pic has no business in an Algebra sheet.
I’m about as white as white can be and even I find that offensive...to say nothing about disgusting as well.
(a pic like that would make me lose my lunch.)
out of school until it’s safe ? doesn’t she mean “until everyone feels and thinks the same wat I do” ?
i hope he learns what she intends for him to learn from Steve Wilkos.
Exactly. Stupid decision on the part of the teacher.
I thought pre-Algebra was a 7th grade subject. My 8th grader is in Honors Algebra.
That is kinda racist, isn’t it? Sheesh
Curran is an idiot.
her son, the only black student in his eighth-grade pre-algebra class at Lenape Middle School,
Looks like they didn't value her anonymity too much, eh!
Why would an image like that be on an Algebra sheet???? Highly insensitive and racist.
Did she tell the boy "No Wai! We don't know who your father be."
For all those offended, I’ll ask again... would this be less offensive if the guy was white? Why? What is the stereotype here? Ignorance? Poor dental hygiene? It’s OK to be ignorant and toothless as long as you’re white or any other race except African American?
She should have pointed out that the image is in poor taste and has nothing to do with algebra.
“Spending the weekend in tears” and pulling the child from school “until he is safe” is BS drama. Pullin the NAACP into it is ridiculous to boot.
Racist & racism have lost their meaning. Now, ANYTHING one doesn't like is racist.
I hate brussel sprouts....they're racist.
My question is, what was the intent of the picture to begin with?