A video showing a white teacher in Texas telling a mixed group of students that his race is “superior” has sparked fury on social media.
Multiple videos on Instagram show the unnamed teacher discussing race in a classroom at Bohls Middle School in Pflugerville, a suburb of Austin.
“So you are a racist?” asked a black student in a clip. “Yes, how many times do I have to say it?” the teacher replied.
In another clip, he told students, “Deep down in my heart I’m ethnocentric, which means I think my race is the superior.”
Students were shocked, and one asked, “So white is better than anything?”
“I think everyone thinks that, they’re just not being honest,” the teacher said.
One student then added: “I’m not racist though, I like all kinds of styles.”
The videos were shared by the father of one of the students in a post on Instagram over the weekend, which has garnered more than 280,000 likes and more than 4,000 comments from people stunned by the teacher’s remarks.
“My son wants an education and he’s being denied this shit is sad,” the father wrote in a caption.
“It hurts my heart to see that. I am so angry I am at a loss for words but I will stand up for my child and the other black and Spanish kings and queens in this video.” Parents have been contacted for further comment.
One person wrote that they “got so angry hearing this nonsense.”
Another added: “Why even become a teacher if that’s how you really feel?”
The clip also sparked outrage after it went viral Twitter and Reddit.
“One teacher in Austin, Texas, calmly expressed his ideology of white supremacy to his black students in his class,” Tariq Nasheed said wrote in a tweet along with a clip that has 2.2 million views so far.
“That’s why we need reparations and a law against racism and hate crimes against black people.”
The teacher in the video has since been placed on administrative leave.
In a statement, Bohls Middle School Principal Sharon Churchin and Pflugerville Schools Superintendent Douglas Killian said the district was aware of the “inappropriate conversation” that took place during a counseling class last week.
“This interaction is not consistent with our core beliefs as a district. Video of the conversation contains statements that we believe are totally inappropriate,” the statement said The American statesman from Austin.
“The counseling work was inappropriate, inaccurate and unacceptable. This type of interaction is not tolerated in PfISD schools.”
news week has contacted the school and school district for additional comments.