The void in between the Black History & the White Teachers

A white teacher wearing a camouflage do rag on his head was teaching in the class in Ajax while a black high school student entered the class and felt that this move by his white teacher was a bit racist.  She asked he teacher to open the do-rag while the teacher said he was just supporting his coloured friends and is wearing this to celebrate the Black History Month. When the girl pushes the issue further she was a send to the office where se speaks with the vice principal who has no idea what was going on and why the girl is being upset. She was informed that just a day before it was announced over the PA system that everyone could wear the do rags to school as a part of their dress to endorse the black history month. And this total idea was the brain child of some black students led by a white teacher.

But the thing is, the white teacher in charge of the group was not historically accurate or correct because do rags are just head thingies used by some people to preserve their hair at night so that definitely does not represent the black history. In mainstream media this is been associated with the gang culture this is the moment when an well informed adult was actually needed who would clear the difference between the black culture and the things done by some of the black people. Some black people have curly hairs and so they wear do rags to reduce their fizz but that does not make it a necessary part of black culture.

Is it beyond expectation from a white teacher to gather the information from the internet about the black history or it was very casual and insensibility from him to represent the black culture in such a ridiculous way. Is it too difficult to find qualified black teachers for a black high school?

Parents said that this is unacceptable for them that their children are thinking that do rags are a part of their black history.

Natasha Henry, president of the Ontario Black History Society, Andrew Campbell, a Toronto teacher and diversity educator, Sean Mauricette, a motivational speaker and hip hop artist, and Robert Small, creator of the Black History Month Legacy Poster are the people who have actually come out with the black history content.

This whole thing is a part of the black burden that is being carried out by every black people at work when it’s a black history month or when a black issue pops up in the conversation.

There are hundreds of books written by the black historians and academics about the Canadian black history. So it was easy to gather information and arrange something in a proper way. Then how the disregarders happen in the black high school to promote the black history ? 

Labonita, The Blogging Connection


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