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via Kendra Molden/WSBTV

A Black student noticed something strange about a Black History Month display at his school. Instead of solely focusing on the contributions of Black Americans during Black History Month, the display also celebrated White Americans.

When the Black student, 4-years-old, questioned the display that was called “Celebrating American History,” he was punished and eventually expelled from school.

According to WSBTV, the incident occurred at the Neighborhood Learning Center which is located in a suburb of Atlanta. The display featured Black icons such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Harriet Tubman, but it also featured George Washington, Jimmy Carter, and Walt Disney.

The child’s mother, Kendra Molden, shared her disagreement with the display in a post on Facebook. The post soon began to go viral. The teacher who created the display, who is also Black, lashed out at Molden on Facebook by writing, “The door states ‘Celebrating American History.’ Pre K has guide lines that must be followed and news flash, Abraham Lincoln freed black people. Go study your history! We are in a diverse learning institution and we do not discriminate,” the teacher wrote. The teacher also ended the post with what could be viewed as a threat by writing, “Don’t let ya mouth write you a check that you can’t cash.”

Hours after Molden shared her displeasure with the display on Facebook, her son was asked to leave the school and told that he could not return. School officials never gave a reason as to why he was being expelled from the school.

The incident sheds light on how systemic racism can be inflicted by any race. The Black teacher at Neighborhood Learning Center  is unconsciously contributing to systemic racism by diluting the value of Black History Month. Molden pointed out that kids learn American history throughout the school year and should be taught the historical significance of Blacks during February. There is nothing wrong with embracing diversity in the classroom, but there are a multitude of Black historical figures who should have been highlighted on that particular display. By adding White historical figures during Black History Month, it removes the focus of Black contributions to America. It was a similar tactic used by Vice President Mike Pence who spoke about Abraham Lincoln during a tweet about Black History Month. It’s a subtle move that adds to the reality of White supremacy.

The Neighborhood Learning Center is a private school, but it receives funding through the Georgia Lottery.

A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents music, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

  • ChocolateCity

    George Washington? As in the slave owner? Lmao. Sorry, My child would never return. Black History is American history…. But let’s not get ridiculous. The child is right. I personally thought the month was to reflect on our strives and the courageous blk men and women who dare to make moves. I’m not an extension of wht folks and I will never allow Anyone to talk to me that way. period. Do they inject themselves into Cinco De Mayo?

    My bad just read the teacher was a slv minded ninja…lmao. Head shaking…Lincoln freed slvs ….he also
    own them. What is her point?…slvry was WRONG. Bissh. Period. Its like patting a man on the back for being a father to HIS child. That shht is irrelevant….to BHM…. You gotta watch slv minded ninjas more than anybody else in this country. Take your child of that school ASAP. Honey.

    • http://www.pureromance.com LA

      I agree with your statement 100%

  • Tar BabyDaddy

    Is Walt Disney in there ’cause he made “Song of the South”?

  • Jason

    Black kids should always question EVERYTHING they are told about Black people by non-Blacks. Good for this kid and his family.

    • bud

      all kids should question everything they are told about anything by all people. it’s called having a discerning mind.

      and by the way, the article says that this teacher was black. so how is it relevant to say that kids should question what they are told by non-blacks? also did you really just say “blacks”?

      • Jason

        Because the “Black” history curriculum spewed in our schools wasn’t designed by Black people. The Black teacher is often just a delivery vehicle for White Supremacist propaganda.

  • Betty-B

    Where is the teacher now, report her 4 the threat. Wouldn’t want her teaching my child. Atlanta of all places

  • Had Enough

    Blacks have gotten so delusional lately they seem to forget if it weren’t for the liberal ni**er lovers in this country, there wouldn’t be an endless stream of “gibs me dat” and other entitlements exclusively for blacks. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you – no matter what color it is.

  • Dan

    Legally the student can be asked to leave the school and not return? Was the student in violation of school policy regarding questioning a display at the The Neighborhood Learning Center?

  • SrAgri

    How is this a story? Lame. What if there was a White History month? The whole concept is racist and to say that white people had no part in black history is as ignorant as saying that black people had no part in white history.

  • Ryan Lew

    This is the fault of the parents.. I would bring my kid there with a picket sign.. every single day.. I would never let them get away with such.. never.. Get up and stand up and fight for your rights.

  • Michael L. Irons

    Who was more in the wrong? I would say neither, and you know what…I would like to actually see the FB posts both made as I am finding a gap someone, because the teacher’s “threat” to me seems would have come out of nowhere. I only hear such a line when someone has inclined they would do something to someone else and that person replies as indicated.

    With that said…The teacher is probably following school policies and guidelines and have no ability to step outside of those policies and/or guidelines without facing repercussions for it. And if this teacher loves where she works and what she is doing, then I would not blame her for following those rules.

    And PS…If this parent was REALLY concerned about her child making black history month, black history month and wanted him to learn something she feels is important that the MOTHER should have taken it upon herself to teach him what she wants him to know. This is what my mom did with us kids for a while.