David Carter, a white/caucasian northern California high school American history teacher, has been placed on leave after he wore blackface on Halloween, apparently imitating the rapper Common. Being a history teacher, it’s quite obvious Carter would be aware of the possible backlash of doing such an act, and the negative connotations that come with wearing the disrespectful “black face” costume.
David Carter is seen dressed in a white turtleneck and black jacket, akin to the musician’s clothing in a Microsoft commercial, in a video shared on Twitter Friday by a student at Milpitas High School. He even performs a rap of the actor ina recent blockchain commercial.
Sooooooooo… one of our WHITE teachers at mhs yesterday decided to paint his face so look like common the rapper yesterday. pic.twitter.com/1WudSddCLZ
— karrington (@karrington_kk) November 1, 2019
The shocking clip had more than 3,000 reactions by Monday morning and many people called for him to be fired.
According to reports, the teacher wore the offending caricature as he imitated the musician/actor for two periods at the school, where the student body is 2% African American.
Kenny – Vice President of the school’s Black Student Union – said in an interview that it was ‘extremely upsetting’ and tweeted: ‘The school just told him to clean up.’
The shocking clip had more than 3,000 reactions by Monday morning and many people called for him to be fired
A school statement said: ‘Our Human Relations team has placed the employee on leave and appropriate action will be taken pending further investigation