Black 9th Grader Told To Read Langston Hughes Poem ‘Blacker’

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High schooler told to read Langston Hughes poem 'blacker'A black ninth-grader in Fairfax Country, Virginia was reading a Langston Hughes poem in class when his teacher instructed him to read it blacker, The Washington Post reports.

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As Jordan Shumate recalls the incident to The Post, the teacher didn’t hold back in punches in expressing her displeasure with how he was reading the poems.

“She told me, ‘Blacker, Jordan — c’mon, blacker. I thought you were black,’ ” said Shumate, who is African American.

When he refused to comply with her ridiculous request, the teacher read the poem herself. “She sounded like a maid in the 1960s,” Shumate told The Post. “She read the poem like a slave, basically.”

Watch a video report of this story to see Shumate express his shock at his teacher’s behavior. And check out the rest of the print version of The Post article here.

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