A California school is under fire after one teacher thought it was a good idea to dress in Blackface during a school presentation.
John Huffman, the superintendent of the Victory Christian School System, called the discretion “poor judgment,” after an elementary chapter speaking dressed up as a Central African woman in order to detail the work of missionary David Livingston in late 19th century Africa, Fox40 reports.
A local California school under fire for allowing the use of Blackface during a presentation. We’re getting reaction from the school superintendent as outrage from students and parents grows. Details at 10 p.m. on @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/M97HSpbcLR
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According to him, that poor decision was made “in an effort to bring authenticity to her role, she wore a typical native dress and headdress. She also used makeup to darken her skin tone on her arms, shoulders, and face.”
It’s as if there are not enough stories around Halloween to detail exactly why this was a terrible idea.
“This presentation was in no way meant to be hurtful or disrespectful… I ask forgiveness from those who have been hurt by this,” Huffman said. “I was wrong to allow the use of makeup no matter how innocent the intentions as it has offended some of my students and parents. I should have anticipated that this could be offensive, and I apologized to my students and parents asking to be forgiven for hurting them.”
Huffman also told Yahoo! News that he apologized in an email to families and also discussed the incident during a school-wide assembly.
“I wanted to assure them that I am planning future open discussions about this in our chapels and Bible classes in order to help students and staff understand each other’s sensitivities,” he told the news site. “There will be other opportunities scheduled for staff as well as teachers as we all learn from this together.”