Racism reared its ugly head at an Alabama high school recently. A White teacher actually told a Black student to “turn the N-word tunes off,” referring to Tupac‘s “Dear Mama” song that the child was playing in class at Hoover High School on Friday.
Students are typically allowed to play music during teacher Teddie Butcher‘s food and nutrition class, Shenita Morrow, parent of the female student and senior who was hatefully reprimanded for the song. Butcher confessed to using the slur, Hoover school superintendent Dr. Kathy Murphy confirmed to Alabama Local News.
The teacher was placed on administrative leave, with several folks outraged over the incident amid a school system segregation battle going on in several Alabama cities.
Though Murphy believed there was foul language in the “Dear Mama” version played in class, Morrow disputed that claim. The lyrics contained no profanity, she said.
Butcher was “referring to the song when she used the racial slur,” Morrow said. However, there’s a bigger issue with what the teacher said to the students. The real problem is the “comfort level” that Butcher had in saying that word publicly, pointing to a harmful pattern that has played out in race relations between Whites and Blacks for centuries.
With the outrage directed at Butcher, he “apologized” to the class on Monday, school officials confirmed. A video of the incident had also circulated.
Morrow and her daughter met with Butcher and an assistant principal at Hoover High Monday afternoon. Morrow said during the meeting that Butcher claimed bad language was used in the song, but Morrow disputes that assertion, saying she reviewed the lyrics and there is no profanity.
Morrow said her daughter talked directly with Butcher during the meeting to let her know how hurt she was by Butcher’s use of the slur.
Morrow said she knows school officials must follow a process, but, “After meeting with [Butcher], it’s just baffling to me how someone does not understand the severity of the weight of that word.”
Hulin is continuing his investigation into the incident, Murphy said, talking with students and parents as well as with the teacher. Murphy said she and Hulin plan to meet with the teacher some time on Tuesday.
SOURCE: Alabama Local News, ere
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