White Texas teacher who made racist comments is no longer employed

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A Texas teacher will no longer be employed by his school district after telling students his race was superior, the district superintendent said in a statement Monday.

The teacher, whose name has not been released and who appears to be white, told students, according to footage, “Deep down in my heart I’m ethnocentric, which means I think my race is superior.” “I think everyone thinks that, they’re just not being honest,” he added. When a student asked if he was racist, the teacher said that “at this level, everyone is a racist.”

He taught a counseling class at Bohls Middle School in Pflugerville, Texas, a suburb of Austin. He is no longer employed by the Pflugerville Independent School District, which is now “actively searching for a replacement,” Superintendent Douglas Killian said.

It wasn’t immediately clear if that meant the teacher had been fired or fired. The Dallas Morning News reported he had resigned.

A debate over how to talk about racial inequality has rocked many US schools. In Texas last year, a black high school principal was criticized by parents who accused him of promoting critical race theory, an academic framework for studying systemic racism that Republicans have used as a catchall for discussions of race in classrooms. In Tennessee, a white teacher was fired for claiming that “white privilege” was “a fact.” In Oklahoma, a teacher has quit to protest the state’s ban on books that allegedly cause students to feel “discomfort, guilt” or psychological distress because of their race or gender. New rules are now governing how race can be taught in schools in more than a dozen states.

Nearly half of the Pflugerville Independent School District’s student population is Hispanic, according to figures from the Texas Tribune. Less than a quarter of the approximately 25,000 students are white and about 15 percent are black.

According to local reports, the teacher had previously been placed on administrative leave.

“We want to reiterate that this conversation is not consistent with our core beliefs and does not reflect our district or our culture at Bohls Middle School,” Killian said.

The teacher’s comments were “inappropriate, inaccurate and unacceptable; and this type of interaction will not be tolerated,” he added.

The Pflugerville School District and its superintendent could not be immediately reached for further comment late Monday.

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In the video, the teacher appeared to be speaking to a group that included black students. The students told him they lost respect for him after hearing his remarks. The teacher replied that they should have more respect because he was honest. “No, not at all,” replied one student.

The district administrators were made aware of the statements on Friday, Killian said. The district said it encourages students “to be self-advocates and to let an adult know when something is wrong, as they did in this situation.”

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