White Teacher Forced To Apologize Over Wearing Black Face In Black History Month Class Lesson
California Christian school comes under fire after a guest speaker wore blackface to dress up as an African woman in front of an elementary class during a history lesson on missionaries from the 1800s
John Huffman, superintendent of the Victory Christian School in Carmichael, was forced to apologize to parents, saying 'I was wrong to allow'
The chapel speaker was pictured with darkened skin for the lesson on missionary David Livingstone, who visited Africa in the late 19th century
'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,' school said
Former student called it 'very upsetting' especially in front of 'kids so young'
One mom 'said she would pull her daughter from the school', student added
By LAUREN FRUEN
A California school has come under fire after a guest speaker wore blackface to dress up as an African woman during a history lesson on a Christian missionary.
The superintendent of the Victory Christian School system in Carmichael was forced to apologize after the chapel speaker was pictured with darkened skin for the elementary class' lesson.
John Huffman wrote to parents, apologizing for his 'poor judgment' and said he was wrong to have allowed the woman, who has not been named, to dress in that way.
In a statement to Yahoo News he said: '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.'
Huffman added: '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.'
The woman is said to have been teaching the district's lower school about missionary David Livingstone, who visited Africa in the late 19th century.
A former student, who did not want 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.'
After seeing the image on social media one Twitter user wrote: 'Im done. Really it's 2019. How can you think this is a good idea?' Another added: 'Utterly speechless.'