⚠️ Montreal-area father calls daughter’s homework assignment racist, ‘in shock’ over it
A school south of Montreal is under fire for assigning homework that at least one parent is describing as ‘racist’. The outrage has already been followed by a swift apology.
The father of a Grade 7 student at Centennial Regional High School, an English school on the south shore of Montreal, says he was shocked after learning of his daughter’s homework assignment.
George Stetka says his daughter was recounting her day at school and mentioned learning about criminals in French class.
Curious, Stetka asked his 13-year-old what exactly she had learned about criminals, so she opened up her workbook to show him.
Stetka said the students were asked to describe two cartoon-like depictions of gangsters.
The homework included two-cartoon like depictions of gangsters portrayed as racialized people.
The homework included two-cartoon like depictions of gangsters portrayed as racialized people. Dan Spector/ Global News.
One of the illustrations depicts an older Black woman in a dress and shawl, wearing a flower-topped hat while pointing a rifle. The other portrays a racialized man sporting a bandana and baggy pants.
“I was in shock,” Stetka said. “That is completely wrong.”
Stetka feels the drawings are not only racist but that they also perpetuate stereotypes.
“It’s not right for our kids who are learning right now to see images like that … and kind of subconsciously know that, ‘Oh, criminals are Black,’” he said. “That’s not right.”
Steka is not alone in his thinking.
Joel DeBellefeuille is the founder of Red Coalition, a lobby group fighting against racism and discrimination in Canada. For DeBellefeuille, this is yet another example of how children are affected by systemic racism and how it is perpetuated.
“These are our children. This is our future. These are the people that are going to eventually be running these schools,” he said.
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Source: Global’s Dan Spector reports
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