White Teacher Wears Blackface in Class to Be Common for Halloween, Put on Leave: Video
A White teacher in Northern California did the unthinkable and was placed on leave for it.
According to a report The Mercury News published on Sunday (Nov. 3), a White teacher from Milpitas, Calif.'s Milpitas High School wore Blackface in class in order to portray Common on Halloween. It was all caught on video.
In a video 16-year-old student Karrington Kenny posted to her Twitter account on Fri. Nov. 1, the teacher, whom the Milpitas Beat identifies as David Carter, is standing at the front of a classroom of district leaders, students and teachers imitating the Chicago rapper and rapping about A.I. (Artificial Intelligence) and Microsoft. For those who don't know, Common is the face of Microsoft's artificial intelligence technology ad campaign.
According to Kenny, who is the vice president of the school's Black Student Union, another student sent it to her and after watching it said the teacher should be fired for his conduct.
"In this community, we honestly don't have room for people, especially people who want to dress up in Blackface, to come in here and still try to educate people on topics like this," she told the newspaper. "That doesn't make sense that he gets to stay, and continue working there when he thought this type of behavior was appropriate."
"He really didn't have to do Blackface in order to represent somebody," Kenny added. "He really should have known better, especially him being a former history teacher."
On Sunday morning, school board president Chris Norwood announced that Carter was put on leave for his actions.
"The action(s) were inappropriate, unprofessional and insensitive," Norwood says in a statement. "District administration has placed the staff member on administrative leave and I have asked the superintendent to ensure an immediate investigation is conducted."
District superintendent Cheryl Jordan and Milpitas High School principal Francis Rojas issued a joint written statement about the incident on Sunday. Neither mentioned Carter's name.
“It is essential that every MUSD student and parent/guardian can expect to have a safe environment in which they can feel respected and valued," reads one part of the statement. "The actions of a staff member on Halloween adversely affected this expectation because of the choice to wear blackface paint."
Common, who released his Let Love album back in August, has yet to comment publicly on this matter.
XXL has reached out to Common's camp for comment.
See Common's original Microsoft commercial for yourself below.
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