Talk about a lesson in stereotyping. A Virginia high school English teacher is under investigation for supposedly asking the only black student in the class to read a poem in a "black" manner.
Jordan Shumate, a ninth-grader at George C. Marshall High School in Falls Church, Va., says he was reading aloud Langston Hughes' "Ballad of the Landlord" when teacher Marilyn Bart interrupted him.
The Washington Post.
When the 14-year-old student declined to continue reading the poem, Bart read it herself to demonstrate what she meant.
"She read the poem like a slave, basically," Shumate told the Post. When he asked whether she thought all black people speak that way, he was reportedly told to take his seat and reprimanded for speaking out of turn.
The poem was written in 1940 about a black tenant thrown in jail for challenging a landlord.
"It's very, very unprofessional," Shumate told WJLA-TV. "It should not happen. She didn't do it to any other kids. Why did she have to do it to me?"
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Freddie writes: You mean forced him to read out loud, in a blacker rendition than he was? To say this is what a black person reading should sound like? So sad,and teacher's shouldn't be able to get by with it either.
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A Virginia high school teacher is being investigated after she singled out the only black student in her class to read blacker and then showed him how its done.
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