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Black High School Student Told To Read 'Blacker'

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Asked to explain why blacks like grape soda and rap music.

A Virginia high school English teacher is under investigation for allegedly asking the only black student in the class to read a poem in a "blacker" manner.

Jordan Shumate, a ninth-grader at George C. Marshall High Schol in Falls Church, Va. says he was reading aloud Langston Hughes' "Ballad of the Landlord" when teacher Marilyn Bart interrupted him.

When the 14-year-old student declined to continue reading the poem, Bart read it herself to demonstrate what she meant.

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She read the poem like a slave, basically," Shumate told the Post. When he asked whether she thinks all black people speak that way, he was reportedly told to take his seat and reprimanded for speaking out of turn.

The poem was written in 1940 about a black enact thrown in jail for challenging a landlord.

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It's very, very unprofessional," Shumate told WJLA-TV. "It should not happen. She didn't do it to any other kids, why did she have to do it to me."

The student brought the issue to his mother's attention after the teacher reportedly singled him out again during a lesson about stereotypes. Shumate said Bart asked him to explain why blacks like grape soda and rap music.

Shumate's mother, Nicole Page, tells WAMU that she is "very sad" for her "child's loss of innocence" through the experience. The teacher had also previously asked the student to rap out a poem by black rapper and actor Tupac Shakur, Page says.

"We're in 2012 with the first African American president," Page told WJLA-TV. "In this era how could such a statement be made, particularly by an English teacher."

Shumate's claims come after two shocking and racist YouTube videos surfaced in Florida last month that feature white teen girls making disparaging statements against black students.

At least one of the incidents forced the video's creators to apologize and leave their Gainesville, Fla. high school.

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"We're in 2012 with the first African American president," Page told WJLA-TV. "In this era how could such a statement be made, particularly by an English teacher."

I wish I had the balls to troll journalists and newspapers.

"She read the poem like a slave, basically," Shumate told the Post. When he asked whether she thinks all black people speak that way, he was reportedly told to take his seat and reprimanded for speaking out of turn.

Do slaves speak differently from us commoners?

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Unprofessional of her, yet it struck me as a bit overdramatic that the mother claims her son "lost his innocence" over the ordeal. Offended, yeah sure. But honestly, he's in year 9, I'm doubt he didn't know terrible things like racism and stereotypes existed. Cynical of me but meh. The grape soda and rap music bit reminded me of Dave Chapelle, lol.

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Lol "read blacker"??

Isn't it called ebonics.... So much for an english teacher..she doesn't even know the correct term for a word.

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"read blacker"? she could have at least said "read with more feeling" O_O that was weird of her to say the boy was talking like a slave.

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that was weird of her to say the boy was talking like a slave.

The boy said the teacher read it like a slave, lol. She did that to insult him because she didn't think he was saying it "black" enough.

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The boy said the teacher read it like a slave, lol. She did that to insult him because she didn't think he was saying it "black" enough.

What does it mean to read like a slave anyways?

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What does it mean to read like a slave anyways?

Exactly.

For all we know, slaves were probably illiterate.

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Exactly.

For all we know, slaves were probably illiterate.

Sorry but could you re-type that "yellower"?

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Sorry but could you re-type that "yellower"?

Exacaree.

For ore we know, sraves were probabree irritirate.

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What does it mean to read like a slave anyways?

I think what she meant is that the teacher spoke like a slave when she read the poem.

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Exacaree.

For ore we know, sraves were probabree irritirate.

Here, fixed it for ya LOL

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Here, fixed it for ya LOL

... Never type yellow again! My poor twinkie eyes just can't take that much asianess. Type whiter next time.

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... Never type yellow again! My poor twinkie eyes just can't take that much asianess. Type whiter next time.

Can you read this?

Is this white enough?

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