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School Under Fire for “Blacks Only” Assembly

Black history is American history, but that lesson got lost for at least one school in California that held a “Blacks only” Black History Month assembly.

It what sounded like a well-intentioned event gone wrong, the only African American teacher at a middle school in Benicia, Calif. held a “Blacks-only” assembly to deal with issues she saw going on among her students.

“It looks like segregation. Certainly does. It was,” Benicia Unified School District Superintendent Janice Adams said. “I understand how it looks and I’m very sorry for that, because that’s not the impression that we want to give about our school.”

Adams said the teacher at Benicia Middle School who organized the assembly did it without clearance from the school.

“She really is a great person and she made a judgment call that wasn’t good,” Adams explained. “I do believe her intentions were good. She made a bad decision.”

The teacher is the only African-American teacher on Benicia Middle School’s campus. She talked to KTVU off-camera, explaining she held the assembly to address growing concerns about use of racial slurs like the “N” word on campus.

To learn more about the incident, watch the video below:


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