Kids' Black History Month Nixed by L.A. Schools
But the Daily News reports that a few teachers in California didn't get this unofficial memo, and had their students hold up portraits of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul in a Black History Month parade.
The AP quotes a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Unified School District: "The superintendent will not let anyone make a mockery out of Black History Month." She says children from other teachers' classes displayed portraits of "more appropriate black role models, such as Nelson Mandela, Harriet Tubman and President Obama."
The AP says that the situation came to the attention of LAUSD after a complaint was filed by the Los Angeles chapter of the NAACP. Of RuPaul, Simpson and Rodman, local chapter President Leon Jenkins tells the AP, "These are not the people we want our young people to emulate or believe these people represent the best of the African-American community." Of the reason they were picked, he adds, "It's hard for the NAACP to believe this was a mistake."
Jenkins is calling for the teachers involved to be fired. The AP reports that at least "some parents at the school on Wednesday said the issue was overblown."