Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Now, I just typed the date and I’m sure it reads 2009. Not 1959 and certainly not 1909. So, it comes as something of a shock to realize that racism and homophobia are still a part of the American academic landscape:
A Geneva High School teacher is being accused of making anti-gay and racist comments in his classroom.
Dave Burk, who teaches consumer education, is accused of making the comments by his students during an Oct. 5 lecture on tax money involving the National Endowment for the Arts.
“How would you feel about your tax dollars going to pay some black fag in New York to take pictures of other black fags?” Burk allegedly asked, according to student Jordan Hunter, who reported the teacher.
According to his attorney, D.J. Tegeler, Burk did not want to intentionally offend anybody and if he did, he apologizes.
“Mr. Burk is cooperating fully with both the principal, the dean of students and the school board,” Tegeler said.
Hunter, who is gay and reported Burk to the administration, wants Burk fired.
“If he wants to talk about a poor place to put our tax dollars, I think his salary is a poor place to put our tax dollars,” said Hunter.