Teacher suspended for showing blackface videos in class

MONROE, Mich. — A southeast Michigan public school teacher has been removed from the classroom while district officials look into whether a lesson plan on African-American history and racial segregation laws was inappropriate.

The Monroe News reports that 59-year-old Alan Barron was placed on paid leave nearly two weeks ago.

The newspaper reports that an eighth-grade Monroe Middle School history class was shown a video of how white entertainers once used blackface to imitate blacks.

The district said it is looking “into a reported situation” in Barron’s classroom. Barron has taught 36 years in the district.

Parent Adrienne Aaron says her daughter was not offended and that “history is history.”

The Associated Press left a message seeking comment Saturday at a phone number listed for Barron.

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