School worker suspended after wearing Blackface in anti-vax protest

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A staff member at an Oregon elementary school demonstrates in blackface to protest a vaccination mandate.

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School staff in Newburgh claimed she dressed as civil rights symbol Rosa Parks, who refused to abide by racist laws that forced black people to sit in the back of public buses.

The Newburgh Public School District has a vaccine mandate that covers both teachers and staff members, with religious and medical exemptions.


The school district condemned the action and aided that the staff member was placed on administrative leave.

“The administration of Newburgh Public Schools condemns all manifestations of racism,” the school district said in a statement.

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“It is important to remember how blackface has been used to misrepresent and harm black communities. We accept the violence it represents and the trauma it stems, regardless of Whatever be his intention.

Blackface has no place in our schools, and as we move forward together in our mission of educating students, we are committed to making spaces work that belongs to every student.

Superintendent Dr Joe Morelock said: “We have seen some dehumanizing and deeply disturbing expressions of racism involving our district in recent days.”

“As always, our deepest concern is for the well being of our students and our employees. Every day, we work towards creating an environment where every student is welcome and safe, and where there is absolutely no tolerance for racist or bullying behavior,” he said.

“I am horrified, angry and ashamed that this happened, as is the case with almost every other staff member. Students of color in Newburgh deserve much more.

“It goes against the trust of me and the vast majority of NSD employees, and is relentlessly offensive.”

He continued: “If we had the power to completely eliminate deep-seated racism, we would be in a heartbeat. But the painful truth is that clearly, in our city, in our state, and in our world Racist behavior exists—not only in the major and overt ways we’ve seen lately, but in subtle ways that affect people of color every day.

“We must intervene and respond; we must do better.”


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