White Teachers Shouldn’t be Instructing Brown Students, Say Protesters

A group of activists gathered in California to protest the hiring of a white teacher for a Fresno teachercultural studies class say it’s nothing personal, just that they’d like to see teachers who reflect the student body.

Community and church leaders present at a news conference on Monday say they want the Fresno Unified School District to reconsider its hiring of a white teacher to instruct minority children on cultural studies.

Rev. Karen Crozier led protests in front of the school, where she discussed why she wants the school to reconsider its hiring decision. She said the new school should have teachers who reflect the student body.

Crozier says she and others were stunned to learn that the person selected to teach three cultural studies courses at the school was white.

“We’re just saying what the community wants. We didn’t fight for a white male or female teacher to educate our babies,” Crozier said, according to the Fresno Bee. “We still are at these racial fault lines, and we want someone who will be able to think critically about those racial fault lines and how do we help heal, to restore the problems that have existed.”

The school hired Peter Beck, who is white, but there is no information on who else was interviewed for the job.

District spokeswoman Micheline Golden said Beck was the best pick for the job, mainly because of his experience teaching cultural studies.

“We are always looking at the best, most experienced, most qualified who can provide the best education for our young people,” she added.

Rev. Paul McCoy of New Light for New Life Church of God says he met with Beck and told Beck it wasn’t about him, but what was best for the black and brown students at the school.


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15 Comment

  1. This is not the only problem in Fresno Unified School District. Although FUSD is the 3rd largest school district in California with over 100 school sites, it has not had an African American MALE Principal for the past 4 years (in 1980-90's there were 9 AA MALE Principals at ll levels of K-12 schools). This highlights the underlining issue in FUSD that minority MALES, in particular AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES, cannot be educational leaders. Hopefully, this article and the national attention it is receiving will result in positive actions for ALL students in FUSD, which should be and can be lead educationally by AFRICAN AMERICAN MALES.

  2. It's about time people start speaking up. We need to educate our children like the south educate those in the south.The only way for a real growth

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  4. I can't say this enough…. it's time to take the rings back and teach our children life's lessons and the skill set for them to be productive men and women of the future.

  5. Hmm, I am of two minds about this. I think on the whole, I largely agree with the protestors based on the historical deficiency of black teachers in top educational institutions. That said, I would need more information on whether Beck has the experience he is said to have. I have nothing against any competent teacher of any colour, but when you look at hiring records for black teachers, you can understand why people would be so upset at this decision.

  6. This is stupid. Me and my brother went to predominately white school and got an excellent education and my parents taught blk history and our heritage and culture at home. We had many books on Blk history and culture. If blk ppl want blk teachers thats not gonna happen theyre gonna hire based on who is qualified and who is not qualified not by race. If blk teachers was being hired to teach in white schools and whites were saying they didnt want blk teachers teachin their white students blk parents would be marchin and protestin and cryin a about racism.

  7. I’m sad to live in the same city as you… you are all racist pigs…

  8. What do you all think about black teachers teaching American History to white children in predominantly white neighborhoods?? Hypocrites!!

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