A California school teacher has apologized after coming under fire for a shocking 'Blackface' presentation delivered at a Christian school.
Superintendent John Huffman, of the Victory Christian School in Carmichael, California, was blasted for allowing one of his teachers to dress up as an African woman in a presentation on missionary David Livingston.
“In an effort to bring authenticity to her role, she wore a typical native dress and headdress,” he said. “She also used makeup to darken her skin tone on her arms, shoulders, and face.
“This presentation was in no way meant to be hurtful or disrespectful. … I ask forgiveness from those who have been hurt by this. I was wrong to allow the use of makeup no matter how innocent the intentions as it has offended some of my students and parents. I should have anticipated that this could be offensive, and I apologized to my students and parents asking to be forgiven for hurting them.”
Of course, both the parents and students were shocked and offended by the teacher's blackface.
We are still puzzled as to how in 2019, people do not understand that blackface is never, ever ok.
It's unlikely that in this event, either the superintendent nor the teacher will be fired over their racist reenactment, but social media has served up a photograph of the offending presentation.
One former student posted:
"i'm a former student at this school and apparently she was also doing an accent and stayed in character all day. the following day she apologized stating that she was sorry that people got their feelings hurt"
Ah. When will they learn?