Florida Teacher Forced to Remove Black History Month Decoration Of Colin Kaepernick & Frankly, I’m Tired
Remember the trend across America which inspired teachers around America to place visual representations of art on their doors, recreating images of Black heroes for Black History Month? It seemed all well and good right and a sure way to encourage pride and awareness of the contributions of Black people across the diaspora right?
Well, a Florida high school teacher was recently forced to take down her depiction of Colin Kaepernick after a group of outraged parents complained to school officials.
On Wednesday, Jaidyn Etheart, a student at Port Charlotte High School in Port Charlotte, Florida, shared a Twitter video of math teacher Alissa Perry as she tearfully took down the Kaepernick drawing.
“Thank you all for participating in this,” Perry, said. “I’m going to go ahead and remove this, OK.”
“Once again, racism being justified. One of the teachers at our school put up a Colin Kaepernick door piece FOR black history month, and the school claimed it was ‘offensive’ and she was forced to take it down,” Etheart’s caption read.
Etheart then shared another photo showing what was left in a crumpled heap on the floor.
Etheart told WINK News she believes the drama began when a few of her fellow students posted the image to Snapchat in outrage. School officials somewhat corroborate Etherat’s account and say an influx of calls from upset parents prompted the decision to force its removal.
“We were getting parents complaining and everybody, and we just thought we have to put an end to this,” said Charlotte County School District spokesperson Mike Riley. “It was a lose, lose situation for us.”
“Our schools are a microcosm of our society,” Riley added. “If we left it up, it would have been the same thing from one side, and if we took it down, it would be another.”
The controversy caught the attention of Kaepernick himself who retweeted the upsetting video to his millions of followers.
All of this because a man decided to kneel calling for the equal treatment of Black people who continue to face disadvantages structured by institutional racism and state sanctioned violence.
Honestly, I hope Kaepernick visits the school and holds a special assembly about why he chose to kneel during the National Anthem. Because if the adults obviously can’t grasp the concept, maybe there’s hope for the children.
Happy Black History month, I guess…