A RAA middle school language arts teacher is facing criticism over an article distributed in her class about a controversial white supremacy theory.
Several sources also said the teacher told her students they were welcome to come to her classroom if they chose to walk out of a class showing the inauguration of Donald Trump as president of the United States.
TR has been told that Superintendent Rocky Hanna is aware of the situation and is gathering information to determine how best to proceed.
TR is withholding the teachers name until an evaluation by the Leon County School District is complete.
The article distributed in the class was written by Rev Dr. Susan K. Smith and is titled Whites and the Fear Caused by White Supremacy. The article was published by Huffington Post on December 29, 2015.
The article is a summary of a presentation made by Joy DeGruy, Ph.D. about her book, “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing.”
Dr. DeGruy’s theory, outlined in her book and the article, is about how slavery and white supremacy explains the conditions of black America.
A passage from the article reads:
White people do not want to admit that their racism, the reason people are taking to the streets, is because the power wielded by a racist government has been devastating to black people.
What would happen if this nation would admit that white supremacy exists and that it has traumatized an entire race of people? What would happen if America engaged in a process of truth and reconciliation, much like South Africa did? South Africa admitted its horrid racism; Germany admitted hers, but America has never admitted anything. And perhaps that is, at least, part of the reason that the malady affecting white America is fear.
A parent, who first appeared on the The Voice of Freedom Today morning show last week, told TR that her son was clearly uncomfortable about the article which was read in his language arts class.
The parent initially contacted the school, however administrators said they saw no problem with the discussion. Subsequently, the parent was told the teacher apologized for the incident.
TR’s discussion with people familiar with the situation said there are two issues.
First, why was such an article selected by the teacher for distribution in a language arts class?
And second, it appears there was no attempt by the language arts teacher to offer an opposing view, or at least a critique of the position discussed in the article.
A critique of the DeGruy’s theory was easily found by TR with a simple google search.
For example, Peter Wood, president of the National Association of Scholars wrote, DeGruy’s “theory stumbles in offing too wide an explanation. It is too wide because the vast majority of descendants of black slaves do not exhibit Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. They lead normal, healthy, and productive lives, and have no more depression and hopelessness than anyone else.”
TR will report on the findings by the Leon County School District when they become available.