White Oklahoma Instructor States That Black 13-Yr-Previous’s ‘Black King’ Shirt Is Racist, Says ‘We Want a White Historical past Month’

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A black teenager in Oklahoma said he was confused and embarrassed when his white middle school teacher told him that his “Black King” t-shirt was racist.

According to KFOR, 13-year-old student Latrell Taft said that during his science class at Heartland Middle School, his teacher noticed his shirt and instead of focusing on the subject, turned her attention to the shirt he was wearing.

“She said if she had a shirt that said ‘White Queen’ it would have been racist,” Taft said. “After that she said we need a white history month. I said black people don’t get enough recognition and we hardly learn about black people at my school in February. “

Here is Latrell’s t-shirt he wore to school on Tuesday pic.twitter.com/0vzotbKovd

– Peyton Yager (@peytonyager) February 25, 2021

Tonight at 10am on @kfor: 13-year-old Latrell Taft tells me he was confused and embarrassed when his middle school teacher questioned his t-shirt reading – Black King. @ EdmondSchools – start an investigation now. The teenager’s mother has a meeting with the headmaster tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/WLNRZ0cwi1

– Peyton Yager (@peytonyager) February 25, 2021

Heartland Middle School released a statement regarding the incident.

Edmond Public Schools is aware of an incident in a Heartland Middle School classroom involving a county clerk and a 7th grade student wearing a t-shirt with an outline of Africa and the words ‘Black King’ on the front . When the school campus and the county heard of the incident, they immediately opened an investigation, which has not yet been completed. District staff are also in contact with the student’s parents. If the student is determined to have been the subject of discrimination, bullying, or racism, appropriate and expeditious action will be taken as required by district policy.

“Edmond Public Schools prohibit discrimination based on race, color, gender, national origin, disability, and religion, and comply with all federal and state civil rights laws. In addition, the district has taken numerous steps to combat discrimination in Edmond Schools, including developing employees’ careers around unconscious bias and ensuring justice for all. The district administration continues to assess the need for more training and professional development in this important area. “