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School Apologizes After Guest Speaker Wore Blackface In History Lesson

A California Christian school is under fire after a guest speaker wore blackface to dress up as an African woman during a history lesson.

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John Huffman, the superintendent of the Victory Christian School system, apologized after a picture of the chapel speaker with darkened skin was released. He expressed how sorry he was for “poor judgment” stating he was wrong to let the woman dress that way. The woman was teaching an elementary level class about David Livingstone, a missionary who visited Africa during the late 19th century.

“Last Thursday our elementary chapel speaker dressed up as a Central African native woman in order to tell the life story of missionary David Livingston (sic) and his work in Africa in the late 1800s. In an effort to bring authenticity to her role, she wore a typical native dress and headdress. She also used makeup to darken her skin tone on her arms, shoulders and face.”

 “I was wrong to allow the use of makeup no matter how innocent the intentions as it has offended some of my students and parents. I should have anticipated that this could be offensive, and I apologized to my students and parents asking to be forgiven for hurting them.”

A former student, who did not wish to be identified, said,

“It was very upsetting, especially because the kids in that class are so young. A mother said she would pull her daughter from the school.”

When spotting the image on social media, one Twitter user wrote:

 “Im done. Really it’s 2019. How can you think this is a good idea?’, while another said they were “utterly speechlees”.

The superintendent apparently spoke on the incident during a school assembly.

“I wanted to assure them that I am planning future open discussions about this in our chapels and Bible classes in order to help students and staff understand each other’s sensitivities. There will be other opportunities scheduled for staff as well as teachers as we all learn from this together.”

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