An educator is facing backlash after a video surfaced of a parent calling out the teacher in front of a Zoom class for having an inappropriate conversation about George Floyd, a Black father who was killed by Minneapolis police on May 25.
“I don’t feel as though this conversation that you are having with our children is a good one,” the mother began. “I really don’t because it's 2020 and you got racist a*s motherf****r that don't care. And now you're in school talking to my kid about George Floyd that aint got nothing to do with this.”
The mom was fed up after hearing parts of her daughter's Zoom call for class, which took a disappointing turn.
“You're having an ignorant, disrespectful conversation. ‘He wasn’t supposed to be honored,’ ‘he wasn’t supposed to be this.’ Are you saying this because you are white?” she asked.
Teacher gets dragged by parent on zoom after disrespecting #georgefloyd during class
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) September 28, 2020
As the teacher tries to give a retort, a student with a Donald Trump banner in his background interrupts the adults and says, “it has nothing to do with race.”
The mother reminds the young man that she's speaking to the other adult before announcing that her daughter will no longer join the class until the teacher can provide an explanation.
“But I feel as though, since we all zooming, you need to see my face seeing that I can’t come speak to you about this,” she said. “Because right now, my daughter’s leaving your class. And if you would like to speak with me, you have my phone number, you have my email."
The mother’s call drops as the teacher tries to explain herself, but now parents on social media are sharing the incident as an example for others to be wary about the content being discussed during their children's online classes.
One person pointed out that online classes give parents the ability to listen in on classroom discussions.
This is one of the benefits of Zoom class: parents can hear the BS some teachers tell their kids!
— Victoire ???????? (@Lookin_Exotic) September 28, 2020
I wonder what type of teacher she is when there are no cameras rolling.
— pillowtalk kim (@kimUNpopular) September 28, 2020
Other Twitter users took issue with the boy’s Trump campaign poster in the background of the video call. Some suggested it was racially inciting and many more found it to be disrespectful.
A number of people questioned why students were allowed to have such polarizing images featured during video calls.
Not only that! It has to be some guidelines about the background in everyone's setting. That white Boy. The one that said "it's not about Race" has a Trump sign in the background. That's Okay???
— Lisa McClain (@LisaMcC59355171) September 28, 2020
It all made sense when the other student chimed in with a trump flag
— BigAl (@allyy_al) September 28, 2020
Kids shouldn’t be allowed to have election signs in their zooms.
— |Queena| (@LaBreaB) September 28, 2020
However, some of the most vocal parents on the matter were those hoping this incident would highlight injustice in the educational system in regards to Black culture.
Remote school is about to expose what these teachers do when the parents are not around! ????????????????
— Jesus is the CEO of my Life! (@Faythforme) September 28, 2020
My mouth was on the floor ???????? to my 4th grader learning about the constitution…
— kingsmom (@miltwnsfinst) September 28, 2020
According to the Department of Education, there's still much work to do in building equity in education. A 2016 study found during the 2011-2012 academic year, 82% of the teachers in the country were white and just 20% of public school principals were people of color. However, the number of educators of color has increased since the 1980s.