Milpitas Teacher Who Wore Blackface Placed on Administrative Leave
Just when we thought we’d escaped Halloween without an awful blackface incident, the Los Angeles Times is here to remind us that racist costumes are still alive and well:
A white high school educator has been placed on administrative leave after he wore blackface on Halloween and posed as the rapper Common.
The staff member at Milpitas High School, just north of San Jose, was placed on leave after a video of his actions was shared widely on Twitter, prompting outrage from students and parents. In the video, the teacher imitated the artist’s rapping from a 2018 Microsoft commercial. The Milpitas Unified School District superintendent has launched an investigation into the the educator’s actions.
The video was posted by the vice president of the black student union, Kerry Karrington. You can see the video here.
School Board President Chris Norwood called the teacher’s actions “inappropriate, unprofessional and insensitive.”
Principal Francis Rojas and Supt. Cheryl Jordan issued the following joint statement:
“In a school community where we welcome learners and families from over 50 languages who represent cultures and religions throughout the world, and where our long-standing neighborhood, Sunnyhills, was established as the first city in the nation for planned integration, it hurts to know that this type of cultural insensitivity and lack of cultural awareness still hovers in the background.”