Teachers Bounced for Black History Parade Hailing OJ

RuPaul, Dennis Rodman also honored in controversial march
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 4, 2010 2:33 AM CST
Updated Mar 4, 2010 6:22 AM CST
RuPaul sings at "The 17th Annual Divas Simply Singing!" benefit in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/ Earl Gibson III)
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(Newser) – Three elementary school teachers in Los Angeles who decided a felon, a drag queen, and Dennis Rodman belonged with Harriet Tubman and President Obama in a parade of black history icons have been suspended. Some community leaders are accusing the teachers, who are white, of racism and are calling for them to be fired, the Los Angeles Times reports.

They were bounced after encouraging their students at the mostly Latino school to carry pictures of OJ Simpson, RuPaul, and Rodman at the school parade. "I just can’t fathom what these teachers were thinking of except to make a mockery of African-American history," said the president of the Los Angeles branch of the NAACP. The three controversial figures were not on the list of prominent African-Americans approved for study, according to a superintendent.

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