A high school teacher in Georgia has been placed on administrative leave after reportedly posting a message in her classroom in which she suggested the Confederate flag is a sign that a person plans to marry their sister.
The Richmond County School System launched an investigation into one of its teachers after they reported placed a photo of the confederate flag on the board with the following message:
A sticker you put on the back of your pickup truck to announce that you intend to marry your sister.
Think of it like a white trash ‘Save the Date’ card.
A student at Hephzibah High School was bothered by the message and told her mother about the message.
Melissa Fuller, the pupil’s mother took to Facebook, where she raised concerns about it. The post gained traction online as other parents and local residents weighed in on the discussion.
Fuller later appeared on WRDW-TV She said:
A lot of [the discussion] is that it’s not morally correct. It’s unethical.
It’s just something you don’t want to discuss in today’s world and especially inside of a classroom.
She went on to reveal that her daughter had been served with an in-house suspension after wearing a belt that featured a Confederate flag buckle to school.
If she can’t wear that belt buckle, then why is it appropriate to make an assignment out of it?
The daughter had been asked to remove the belt.
According to the Augusta Chronicle, the teacher has been placed on administrative leave.
The school district told WRDW-TV:
The Richmond County School System is committed to creating a diverse, equitable learning environment for all students.
The language used in the example was unacceptable and has no place in our classrooms.
What is the Confederate flag?
The Confederate flag was created for the 11 Southern states that seceded from the Union in 1860-1861 and was used to represent them during the American Civil War.
Part of the reason for the civil war was the confederate states’ devotion to the institution of slavery, which was prolific in those states.
The flag is steeped in the history of slavery and segregation and has since made a re-appearance in racist environments.
In 2015 a white supremacist called Dylann Roof brandished a Confederate flag and killed nine black members of a Charleston church.
Following the tragedy, retailers such as Walmart, Target and Amazon took Confederate goods out of their stores and off their websites, The Washington Post reported.
Some Americans defend its use, arguing that it is a sign of patriotism – not racism – and many Trump supporters have taken to waving the flag at his rallies.
Barbara J. Fields, a professor of American history at Columbia University said of the flag:
It was weaponised in the era of Jim Crow, the civil rights era and again recently [by far-right activists in Charlottesville].