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Commentary: Classroom racism incidents highlight the importance of good teachers to society

Commentary: Classroom racism incidents highlight the importance of good teachers to society

A white social studies teacher in Ohio told a 13-year-old black student his friends would lynch him if he didn’t get back to his school work, according to The Washington Post.

Renee Thole is a teacher at Mason Middle School in Mason City, Ohio.

Racial tension is the result of countless individual interactions when a person is disrespected, or humiliated, or misunderstood, or mistreated.

But it can be damaging for generations to come when it’s a teacher showing a minority student that white authority doesn’t respect him, and therefore he doesn’t need to respect white authority.

But it’s just as important to work toward resolution in a middle school classroom in Ohio as it is to work on it in the White House.

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