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.