Cam Newton, a free agent quarterback who used to play for the Carolina Panthers, doesn’t like it when white people teach his seven kids.
Newton talks about his problems with the private schools he uses for his kids in a video that Jason Whitlock plays.
“When my daughter got home, something scary happened….” “I told her, ‘Dad, a white person is teaching us black history,’ and she said, ‘Yo, that is not right,'” Newton said.
A black person can teach about European or Caucasian history, but not black history taught by a white person, he asked. “You could, but some things would be left out,” like “slavery and how Africans came to America.”
One of the people who interviewed Newton had something to say. She started to say, “They’re not letting black teachers…” which made it sound like black teachers aren’t allowed to work in schools.
Many people strongly disagree with Newton’s point of view. “Black teachers have been banned, white teachers do not teach about slavery, and Cam Newton does not have the responsibility to teach his own kids about history,” sighs Whitlock.
It is possible for black professors or teachers to teach European history, says Delano Squires. He thinks that Newton should teach his children about history.
“I believe that all of this colored history is wrong….” Whitlock says, “All we need to do is teach American history! That should be enough for everyone.”
But Squires thinks it’s important to teach black history in particular.
“There are facts about history, like a certain battle happened on this day and an event happened on another day,” he says. “But the way people see those facts is very different.” “Think about how the death of George Floyd will be spoken about in schools fifty years from now if you have a teacher who is, say, more for law-enforcement and one who is more pro-BLM.”
He tells Whitlock that both types of teachers will reveal that “yes, this man did die on this day, but how they describe it and the words they use will be very different, depending on the person who shapes the narrative.”