Students walk out after NJ teacher tells them to ‘speak American’ (video)

Students walkout of class after racist comment (Image source: YouTube screen shot)

As the United States becomes more racially polarized a teacher in New Jersey has added her part to bigotry. The unidentified English teacher was upset when she heard students speaking Spanish. She told her class at Cliffside Park High School in Cliffside, New Jersey: “Men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They are fighting for your right to speak American.”

It was a shocking statement from the English teacher because there is no language called American. A student responded back to her, “You’re being racist. I know how to speak English.” With that comment, Spanish-speaking students gathered their books and walked out of the class. The incident caused the principal to hold an assembly on diversity and to discuss the situation last Friday. The video has gone viral and was shared 20K times.

The video of the teacher making her remarks can be viewed below:

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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