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Michigan teacher suspended for blackface lesson
Thecelebritycafe ^ | 5-31-14 | Kyle Johnson

Posted on 05/31/2014 12:52:06 PM PDT by windcliff

A Monroe, Michigan middle-school teacher has been suspended after showing a video of people in blackface to his eighth-grade class.

According to Monroe News, Alan Barron, who is weeks away from retiring, showed videos of white entertainers wearing blackface while discussing racial segregation and black history, but the class was cut short by an assistant principal who was in the classroom.

Parents said that the school official believed the lesson plan to be racist. The 36-year teacher was placed on suspension by school officials while they investigate whether his lesson plan was actually racist.

Adrienne Aaron, whose husband is African-American, said her daughter is in Barron's class and wasn't offended by the video, saying that it was merely showing what some entertainers did in the 1800s.

"She was more offended that they stopped the video," she said. "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?"

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: blackface

1 posted on 05/31/2014 12:52:06 PM PDT by windcliff
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To: windcliff

So it’s racist to teach about racism.


2 posted on 05/31/2014 12:54:38 PM PDT by BBell (The Blue Dog is Stupid)
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To: windcliff
Blackface in real 3D

no special equipment required

shot for use in a stereoptican

simply cross your eyes to focus full 3D Image...



darned near living history!!
3 posted on 05/31/2014 12:56:48 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: windcliff

The purpose of education is to educate, not to ignorate. May God protect us from such foolishness.


4 posted on 05/31/2014 1:05:20 PM PDT by chajin ("There is no other name under heaven given among people by which we must be saved." Acts 4:12)
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To: windcliff

How can he be 36 years old and weeks away from retirement? He must have a nice pension plan as a teacher.


5 posted on 05/31/2014 1:06:49 PM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
You don't do anyone any good by erasing history.

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6 posted on 05/31/2014 1:07:41 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: tips up
The 36-year teacher was placed on suspension

The author writes that the man has been a teacher for 36 years, not that the man is 36-years-old.

7 posted on 05/31/2014 1:10:21 PM PDT by lonevoice (Life is short. Make fun of it.)
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To: lonevoice

Oops. I misread.


8 posted on 05/31/2014 1:13:43 PM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: tips up
Happens to me a lot, too. :-)
9 posted on 05/31/2014 1:16:56 PM PDT by lonevoice (Life is short. Make fun of it.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

I never did understand the stupid makeup for lips. It doesn’t look like lips, it looks like stupid makeup.


10 posted on 05/31/2014 1:22:01 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: cripplecreek

reedickulus


11 posted on 05/31/2014 1:31:27 PM PDT by Sioux-san
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To: windcliff

Too bad for Al Jolson and singing ‘That’s My Baby’
http://www.lyrics.net/lyric/6296525

It’s now a racist song.


12 posted on 05/31/2014 1:39:12 PM PDT by Vinylly (?%)
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To: lonevoice

My brain saw 36 year old teacher but it really said 36 year teacher.


13 posted on 05/31/2014 1:42:08 PM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: windcliff

How can a 36 year old be weeks away from retirement?


14 posted on 05/31/2014 1:46:03 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: tips up

Me too but that was very unclear. Do you often see that construction, the x-year whatever? Who wrote this? Some poetical Irish immigrant?


15 posted on 05/31/2014 1:48:21 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: windcliff

Wherein I agree that the response is hysterical and draconian, I’m not sure why an old mode of theatrical entertainment merits being taught in 8th grade history.

As for the teacher’s motivation, I would guess he has been hoisted on his own petard.


16 posted on 05/31/2014 2:28:26 PM PDT by ifinnegan
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To: windcliff
but the class was cut short by an assistant principal who was in the classroom.

Heaven forbid if the assistant principal ever wanders into a class where they are discussing slavery.

17 posted on 05/31/2014 2:37:17 PM PDT by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: windcliff
Alan Barron, who is weeks away from retiring.....The 36-year teacher

Huh? What did I miss in this article? How is a 36 year old eligible to retire?

18 posted on 05/31/2014 2:39:08 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: windcliff

Ms Aaron, it is racist because Liberals say it is. What they say is what goes.


19 posted on 05/31/2014 2:49:59 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: windcliff
"Adrienne Aaron, whose husband is African-American, said her daughter is in Barron's class and wasn't offended by the video, saying that it was merely showing what some entertainers did in the 1800s."

Blackface was used well into the 1900's, and racially offensive cartoons were still shown in the 1950's. It sounds like the teacher is being punished for telling it like it was. I guess telling the truth can now get you suspended.
20 posted on 05/31/2014 3:33:13 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Hot Tabasco
"Huh? What did I miss in this article? How is a 36 year old eligible to retire?"

The teacher is not 36-years-old, but has been TEACHING for 36 years.
21 posted on 05/31/2014 3:34:40 PM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Steve_Seattle
The teacher is not 36-years-old, but has been TEACHING for 36 years.

How does that old saying go? "two times measure, one time cut."

In today's journalism, "three times read, one time understand..."........Got it, thanks

22 posted on 05/31/2014 3:50:00 PM PDT by Hot Tabasco (By now, everyone should know that you shoot a zombie in the head. Don't try to reason with them...)
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To: Steve_Seattle
Blackface was used well into the 1900's, and racially offensive cartoons were still shown in the 1950's.

I recall seeing a blackface minstrel show as a kid in the late forties.

23 posted on 05/31/2014 3:52:03 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: windcliff
"[My daughter] was more offended that they stopped the video," she said. "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?"

Good for Mrs. Aaron.

Since she is described as "Adrienne Aaron, whose husband is African-American", I assume she is white. In which case, the grievance-mongers and politically-correct crowd won't deem her opinion worthy.

24 posted on 05/31/2014 3:59:23 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: All

What’s the answer? Teach them nothing at all? Ooops I forgot, we are already doing that with Common Core!


25 posted on 05/31/2014 4:27:22 PM PDT by Gunpowder green
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To: windcliff

It was a video and a history lesson. The teacher did nothing wrong. Blackface happened. Monroe admins are ignorant b00bs. He’s missing his retirement celebration due to stupidity...not his.


26 posted on 05/31/2014 4:51:39 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Hot Tabasco

36 year is not age. It is how long he’s been teaching. Monroe admin.is embarrassingly ignorant. Mr. Barron is missing his retirement celebrations due to stupidity of those ignorant.


27 posted on 05/31/2014 4:59:53 PM PDT by madison10
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To: tips up

The article attempted to say somewhat clumsily that he has been a teacher for 36 years.

Any bets on the race of the vice principle who stopped the presentation?


28 posted on 05/31/2014 5:04:19 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Delta Dawn

Don’t know the race, but she has been a social studies teacher at Monroe Middle School. That would put her and Mr. Barron in the same department, if the middle school even HAD departments. Her Facebook page has been scrubbed, but that may not be recent.


29 posted on 05/31/2014 6:00:36 PM PDT by madison10
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To: Jeff Chandler

ahaha I couldnt agree more.

its purpose remains a mystery to me


30 posted on 05/31/2014 7:58:17 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: okie01

Remember Der Bingle In White Christmas the Minstrel number? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad6DStQxzkYristmas?


31 posted on 06/01/2014 5:27:26 AM PDT by ABN 505
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Remember Der Bingle In White Christmas the Minstrel number?

Minstrel-esque, but no blackface for Der Bingle or Danny The K.

32 posted on 06/01/2014 6:02:30 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: ifinnegan

The teaching by showing the video is that white people are racist.


33 posted on 06/01/2014 6:06:03 AM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: okie01

You are correct. I mixed up my movies, it was Holiday Inn and he sang Abraham in Black Face.


34 posted on 06/02/2014 5:03:09 AM PDT by ABN 505
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