A California teacher appeared to suggest that parents who want to send their children back to school are white supremacists who ‘bullied a board into making schools less safe for teachers and kids’.
Damian Harmony, who teaches Latin at John F. Kennedy High School in Sacramento, made the remarks to the school board.
He later posted the content to Facebook, but as of Tuesday morning, it has been deleted from his page.
During his remarks, Harmony said: ‘I come to you as a grateful parent. I’m grateful that I kept my children home. And I’m especially grateful for what I heard from parents last week. Until then, the only way I could measure the level of white supremacy in my neighborhood was the Next Door app.
‘The people clamoring for a district to break its legally-negotiated MOU with teachers who are going to be teaching their own children, who treat the teachers’ efforts as though they’ve not been exhausting and ever-present, while also going through a pandemic themselves, made it much easier.’
Harmony continued: ‘I’m as disappointed as I am unsurprised that last week, we all had to hear all the cynical, pearl-clutching, faux-urgency, ableist, structurally White-supremacist, hysteria, even as teachers were moving forward with an MOU that already put them in harm’s way and was asking too much of a beleaguered group of professionals.’