White Teacher Made Black Students Say ‘Yes, Sir, Master’ When Adressing Him
An Iowa teacher is being investigated after he allegedly told a black student to say “Yes, sir, master” when addressing him.
According to student Jabre White, he and his teacher, Shawn McCurtain, had a confrontation at Roosevelt High School after the teacher told his class to go downstairs to take a test.
White says he replied by saying “yes, sir.” According to The Des Moines Register, McCurtain replied “you meant to say, ‘yes, sir, master.’”
White says that’s when he snapped, especially because McCurtain was just a substitute for their actual teacher.
White says he replied “who the f*** are you talking to? You’re nobody’s master, and this is not the slave days.”
Despite having earned numerous academic rewards, the school actually held up White’s graduation because of that incident and his mother is outraged.
After contacting the principal, Nicholle White forced the school to investigate.
Principal Joseph Blazevich reportedly told White that “the instructor was very remorseful.”
White told The Des Moines Register “I have tried to be humble. But I also feel I need to express as a mother, and as a black woman, how I feel.”
The teacher is still employed at the school and it’s unclear what, if any, punishment he will receive. School district spokesman Phil Roeder said “to put it mildly, it was wrong in every way you look at it,” but couldn’t expand because district discipline against teachers must be kept confidential.
White has reached out to the school board and believes that the matter has been handled too lightly. According to The Des Moines Register, “she thinks the teacher needs to undergo diversity training – or if he’s already had some, more.”