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Thu Mar 4, 2021, 04:58 AM

A Portland Parent Found Her Daughter's Textbook Racist. Her Teacher Has a Contract That Says He

A Portland Parent Found Her Daughter’s Textbook Racist. Her Teacher Has a Contract That Says He Could Use It Anyway.


When Danielle Blake reviewed her fifth grade daughter's history textbook last year, she found it filled with degrading and racist language—and she found Portland Public Schools' response to her concerns just as upsetting.

"I didn't understand why a parent's concerns couldn't even be discussed," says Blake, whose daughter attends Capitol Hill Elementary in Southwest Portland.

Christopher Naze, her daughter's fifth grade history teacher at Capitol Hill, taught from a 10-book series titled A History of US by Joy Hakim.

As Blake was helping her 12-year-old daughter with her homework, she noticed that the texts distorted the history of slavery and the suffering of Indigenous peoples during colonization.

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The texts also call Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States, a "model slave owner," and describe Harriet Tubman as having unusual traits. "[She] was tiny – just five feet tall – but this Harriet was stronger than most men. She could lift great weights, withstand cold and heat, chop down big trees, and go without food when necessary. She had been trained, in childhood, to take abuse. That was part of what it meant to be a slave."

Read more: https://www.wweek.com/news/schools/2021/03/03/a-portland-parent-found-her-daughters-textbook-racist-her-teacher-has-a-contract-that-says-he-could-use-it-anyway/
(Williamette Week)

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Thu Mar 4, 2021, 07:43 AM

1. Mr. Naze is apparently a pompous ass.

The dismissive response he send to Ms. Blake tells you everything you need to know about him.

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Thu Mar 4, 2021, 08:56 AM

3. my kids used those books when they were in school.

they are in their 30's now.
i liked the design of the books. but i didnt go through them.

but come on. 2001 edition?

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