A Bay-Area teacher, Mr. Carter, wore blackface to school to dress like Common for Halloween. Common has responded.
David Carter, a teacher at Milpitas High School, was dragged by Twitter (rightfully so) for his piss-poor discretion in dressing up in blackface for Halloween. Carter was immediately placed on administrative leave by the school after the ordeal hit social media.
Sooooooooo… one of our WHITE teachers at mhs yesterday decided to paint his face so look like common the rapper yesterday. pic.twitter.com/1WudSddCLZ
— karrington (@karrington_kk) November 1, 2019
“What makes you think you can go up there and do that?”, Common shared in an exclusive interview with TMZ. He continues to share his concerns, “I think we need to look at the teacher, the administration and the people that we have leading our children in classrooms and make sure they are fully equipped not just with academic things, but also have emotional intelligence and understanding, maybe that’s something that we start implementing in our schools.”
Like many others, he doesn’t understand the continued desired for people (not of color) to use blackface. “Blackface lacks understanding of what black and brown people go through,” he shared. “I believe in forgiveness, understanding, and compassion to the point where I’m willing to sit and talk with the individual and also bring others who can dig deeper into the education of what blackface has come from.”