By Nahema Marchal of Heatstreet
A philosophy teacher at Norman North High school in Oklahoma has sparked an uproar after a student released an excerpt of one of his lectures, in which he bluntly claimed that all white people are inherently racist.
But one white student, who wished to remain anonymous, was so taken aback by her teacher’s theory that she started recording the lecture on her cellphone. In it, the teacher can be heard saying “to be white is to be racist, period.”
“Am I racist? And I say yea. I don’t want to be. It’s not like I choose to be racist,” the teacher continued “But do I do things because of the way I was raised.”
The student told Channel 4 Oklahoma she was instantly offended, and felt the teacher was encouraging people to berate others for being white.
“Half of my family is Hispanic so I just felt like, you know, him calling me racist just because I’m white … I mean, where’s your proof in that,” she said.
The student’s father similarly questioned whether it was acceptable for a teacher to demonize an entire race in class.
The Norman Public Schools superintendent Joe Siano has since issued a public statement about the controversy. He said he regretted that the discussion was poorly handled, but affirmed that the teacher was simply sharing a widespread and accepted view in academia:
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