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Florida Teacher Tells Class She Has A Right To ‘Dislike Blacks’—And She Still Somehow Has A Job

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Tracey Brown, a social studies teacher at Poinciana High School, was reassigned out of her teaching position after going on a racist rant after questions about the Black Lives Matter movement arose during her discussion of the Constitution.

In a virtual class on Monday, October 12, Brown was presenting a lesson to her students on the United States Constitution.

During their discussion, several students presented questions regarding racism, the Black Lives Matter movement and equality. Though her students may have expected their social studies teacher to have a response ready for these questions, especially given current events, they surely did not see a racist rant coming.

In a video recorded by one of the students from the class, Brown was caught on camera cutting off her student “David” when he asked about racial injustice and prejudices.

David declared to his teacher: 

“You’ve never had to go through that struggle.”

“But there are some Black people that live in communities where the cops don’t treat them right.”

“Do you understand?”

To this, Brown responded: 

“Stop right there, David. Stop!”

“I wanna be very clear, what you don’t know about me could fill a friggin’ swimming pool.” 

“I was 16 years old, and I was attacked on a MARTA train by a gang, and yes, a gang, wearing bandanas, gang signs and using the language of Blacks in Metro Atlanta.”

“I have as much right as anyone else to dislike Blacks for what happened to me. So you don’t get to sit there and preach to me what I do and do not know.” 

A young woman shared the video online that an unidentified student from the class captured. 

The young woman also shared a thread of several other brief videos she believed provided more context regarding Brown’s outburst. 

People were sympathetic to Brown’s history.

They were not, however, supportive of her racial rant. 

Others could not believe she was still teaching.

A few stated how upset they would have been as students.

Some thanked the young woman for sharing the videos and for wanting to provide additional context. 

Tracey Brown has not been relieved of her job at Poinciana High School.

Rather, she has been placed in a non-teaching position where she will not have contact with students, at least until the situation has been thoroughly investigated and resolved. A full-length recording of the virtual class has been included as evidence in the investigation, as well.

Written by McKenzie Lynn Tozan

McKenzie Lynn Tozan lives in North Chicago, where she works as a poet, freelance writer, and editor. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Western Michigan University, and her BA in English from Indiana University South Bend. Her poems have appeared in Rogue Agent, Whale Road Review, the James Franco Review, Thank You for Swallowing, and elsewhere; and her essays and book reviews have appeared with Memoir Mixtapes, The Rumpus, BookPage, and Motherly, among others. When she's not reading and writing, she's in her garden or spending time with her family. For more, visit www.mckenzielynntozan.com.