25 Mar 2015

Teacher kicked out of class and slapped with lawsuit for saying Mike Brown got what he deserved

Los Angeles teacher Steven Carnine- who’s taught at the Paul Revere Charter Middle School and Magnet Center in Brentwood for 25 years, has been removed from the classroom and sued by one of his students for allegedly using the ‘N-word’ in addition to what he said about the ‘Gentle Giant,’ Michael Brown. Carmine is also accused of anti-Semitism. The student in question- Maggie B.- is biracial and there’s no word as of yet if her black half has an internal beef with her white half.  
The lawsuit was filed March 18, barely two months after Maggie B., the student making the accusations, began attending Carnine’s eighth grade history class. According to the lawsuit, Carnine handed out a questionnaire that asked about various racial stereotypes. The questionnaire was then used to drive a discussion on racial issues, during which Maggie claims Carnine made a host of offensive remarks.
“Black people are judged for not being smart because they are not smart. A lot of them are just athletes,” Carnine is alleged to have said, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. He also supposedly talked about the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., last summer, saying “the guy was a thug and he got what he deserved.”
[T]he lawsuit says Maggie’s father complained to the principal, only to be told that Carnine was an “old school” teacher whom they should meet with privately to try resolving the issue.
Shortly after that complaint was made, the suit says that Carnine mentioned during a discussion on the Civil War that “people didn’t like Lincoln because he was a (N-word) lover.”
The parents say they have had to file a lawsuit because of the dismissive reaction from school officials, “hostile stares” directed at Maggie by Carnine, and because Maggie allegedly fears for her safety. The suit claims Maggie’s civil rights were violated and demands unspecified damages from the school district.
I don’t know- this sounds about as real as Dorian Johnson’s original version of what happened to the Gentle Giant.
Brown was a thug though. And though many say that he didn’t deserve to die, when he refused to comply with officer Wilson’s orders, resiseds arrest, attacked the cop and tried to take his gun- a legitimate argument can be made that Brown deserved to be shot. It just so happens that being shot concluded with his death.
The suit also alleges that Carnine claimed that if he was walking alone at night and there were two black men behind him, he’d be scared and would think they were either going to rob him or hurt him. Apparently Maggie B. felt that was offensive. But, if we’re going to be honest- though sad and unfortunate, Carnine’s fear is legitimate – especially in Los Angeles.  As a matter of fact, Jesse Jackson admitted the same fear years back when he said, “There is nothing more painful to me at this stage in my life than to walk down the street and hear footsteps and start thinking about robbery. Then look around and see somebody white and feel relieved…. After all we have been through. Just to think we can’t walk down our own streets, how humiliating.”


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