Three white Los Angeles elementary school teachers are suspended for giving children pictures of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul to carry in a Black History Month parade last week. The incident happened Friday at the Wadsworth Elementary School where more than 90% of the students are Latino. The parade included children from several classes who carried photos of President Obama, Nelson Mandela and Harriet Tubman and others.
The LA Times: "Some community leaders aren't satisfied with the suspensions and are calling for the dismissal of the instructors, who teach first, second and fourth grades. 'I just can't fathom what these teachers were thinking of except to make a mockery of African American history,' said Leon Jenkins, president of the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP. ... "It is more than questionable -- it is not acceptable, and from my standpoint it's sick," said L.A. Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines."
Obviously Simpson is not considered a role model but to equate him with RuPaul—who is not a convicted felon and has not been accused of murder—is mind boggling. Homophobia apparently reigns supreme. The KABC reporter describes RuPaul a "flamboyant cross-dressing performer" and one parent adds: "I wouldn't want my kids to be having to write about RuPaul."
BTW: One of the quoted black leaders is Rev. Eric Lee, president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of greater Los Angeles. You'll recall that Lee gained national attention and faced dismissal after vocally opposing Proposition 8 and slamming anti-gay black pastors. Lee has demonstrated he is an ally to LGBTs. The others, not so much.
Watch KABC's report WHEN YOU JUMP ...