According to TPM, a Brentwood, California teacher allegedly called Abraham Lincoln a “n*gg*r lover” and told a biracial student that blacks “are not smart.”
You can go ahead and double-check the calendar to make sure you didn’t fall into 1955. I’ll still be here.
KCBS reported on Thursday that the student’s father alleged his daughter’s teacher used the “N-word,” said black people “are not smart,” and slammed President Abraham Lincoln as an “N-word lover.”
He’s suing the school district as a result.
The report identifies the student as Maggie B., and her father as Shawn B. The television station identified Maggie B. as being half-black and half-white. The information comes from court papers obtained from City News Service.
The teacher has been identified as an eighth grade history teacher, Steven Carnine, at Paul Revere Charter Middle School and Magnet Center:
Eighth-grade history teacher Steven Carnine at Paul Revere Charter Middle School and Magnet Center reportedly held a discussion about racial stereotypes on Jan. 16, the suit alleged. The conversation, which occurred the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, addressed the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown who was killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., KCBS reported.
The lawsuit alleged that during the discussion, Carnine said Brown “was a thug and he got what he deserved,” according to KCBS. Carnine also reportedly made generalized disparagements about black people.
“Black people are judged for not being smart because they are not smart,” Carnine said, according to the suit. “A lot of them are just athletes.”
The court papers noted that Carnine also described a hypothetical scenario in which two black men were walking behind him at night. He reportedly said he’s “immediately going to be scared and think they are either going to steal from me or hurt me.”
The suit alleged that while making these comments Carnine was looking directly at Maggie B.
Carnine also allegedly said that, “We all know Jews like to hoard their money,” and that, “People didn’t like Lincoln because he was a (N-word) lover.”
The suit said that Shawn B. had attempted to resolve the situation with the school’s principal, but was redirected to the “old school” teacher. The principal also allegedly said that there wasn’t any “need to go to the press” with the story.
A district spokesperson told KCBS that it had “no comment on the complaint, which we are still reviewing.” The school district also noted that, “District policy is adamant that all students are to be treated with respect. The safety of students is L.A. Unified’s highest priority.”