White Teacher Tells Student He Can't Have His Own Name 'Malcolm X' On Senior Sweater, Then Mocks Him
His name is Malcolm Xavier Combs.
February 08, 2018 at 7:39 pm
Christ the King High School in Queens, New York is reportedly yet another educational institute that has acted culturally insensitive towards its black students.
On Thursday, the New York Daily News reported that a senior student at the school whose name is Malcolm Xavier Combs requested to get his name abbreviated on his senior sweater to appear as "Malcolm X."
“All I wanted was the ‘X.’ My name is Malcolm Xavier Combs,” he said.
Malcolm Xavier Combs wanted the name "Malcolm X" on his senior sweater, but the school denied his request. A school official told him he shouldn't want to be "associated with" the historical figure. https://t.co/oaB3mLSbED— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 8, 2018
Combs is a National Honor Society member and was reportedly pulled out of his English class by officials to tell him his request had been denied.
The school administration rejected the request because it didn't want to represent the historical civil rights leader. School official Veronica Arbitello reportedly told Combs, "that’s someone I don’t want to be associated with."
Even after her judgmental remark, Arbitello went on to belittle the student with her husband, who is the basketball coach, calling him “the new Malcolm X.”
In response, Combs said: “I felt insulted. They just laughed at me… that’s my name, Malcolm X., not a nickname.”
Combs called his parents after the incident and they acted immediately. The father has an appointment with the school and reached out to Reverend Al Sharpton’s National Action Network. The parents don't wish to sue the school, but they hope that school will invest in culture-sensitivity training and employee more minority staff.
Combs canceled his order for the $40 sweater.