Teacher allegedly gave "most likely to blend in with white people" award to black student

Teacher allegedly gave "most likely to blend in with white people" award to black student
Source: Twitter
Source: Twitter

These cruel superlatives just keep coming. 

After reports surfaced on Friday that a Houston-area junior high school teacher gave a seventh grader a "most likely to be a terrorist" award, a subsequent report from KRIV says another unflattering mock award exists. 

According to KRIV, Sydney Caesar, a black student, received an award deeming her "most likely to blend in with white people." These "awards" were given to students enrolled in AVID, a college prep program, KPRC reported.

"For that child to either be called a terrorist or she's not black enough, basically now the students are taking that and that's her label for the rest of the school year," the child's mother Latonya Robinson told KRIV.

KRIV reporter Lindsay Henry shared a snap of the girl and her award on Twitter. Like the previous award, this award included the superlative, along with the girl's name and teacher's signature. 

"Everyone doesn't believe that this is real but yes this certificate shows that this is real," Robinson said, according to Henry's Twitter.

In a video posted to Henry's Twitter, Caesar holds the award as it flaps in the wind and tells the reporter how it made her feel. 

"It made me feel really embarrassed about what other people were going to say," Caesar said. 

Both the junior high school and the school district issued apologies after news of the mock awards broke. 

The principal of the junior high school called the awards "insensitive" and "offensive" in a statement. 

Channelview Independent School District also apologized in their statement. 

The Channelview ISD Administration would like to apologize for the insensitive and offensive fake mock awards that were given to students in a classroom. Channelview ISD would like to assure all students, parents and community members that these award statements and ideals are not representative of the district's vision, mission and educational goals for our students.
The teachers involved in this matter have been disciplined according to district policy and the incident is still under investigation.

According to KRIV, the teacher has been suspended for the remainder of the semester, though Caesar's mother would like to see a harsher punishment. 

Lizeth Villanueva, who received the mock "terrorist" award, agrees. 

"Get fired, at least, or something," Hernandez told KHOU.

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Mathew Rodriguez

Mathew Rodriguez is a Staff Writer at Mic. He is a queer Latino New Yorker who enjoys female rappers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Flannery O'Connor. He is a former editor at TheBody.com and he is working on a memoir.

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