Kristen Shanahan, KFOR, October 14, 2016
There are startling accusations against a Norman teacher.
A student said the premise of his lecture stated all white people are racist.
The Norman North student said the teacher was lecturing on how to “heal the racial divide.”
She was stunned by what was being taught, so she pulled out her phone and started recording.
In the audio you can hear the teacher say, “to be white is to be racist, period.”
“Why is it okay to demonize one race to children that you are supposed to be teaching a curriculum to,” her dad asked.
Norman Public Schools released the following statement regarding the issue:
Racism is an important topic that we discuss in our schools. While discussing a variety of philosophical perspectives on culture, race and ethics, a teacher was attempting to convey to students in an elective philosophy course a perspective that had been shared at a university lecture he had attended. We regret that the discussion was poorly handled. When the district was notified of this concern it was immediately addressed. We are committed to ensuring inclusiveness in our schools.” – Dr. Joe Siano, superintendent of Norman Public Schools