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Outrage as teacher mocks Native American dance wearing feather headdress: 'disrespectful'

A Native American high school student filmed his teacher appearing to mock his culture, explaining he felt 'that violence was being committed against him.'

10/21/2021 6:10:00 PM

Outrage as teacher mocks Native American dance wearing feather headdress: 'disrespectful.' A Native American high school student filmed his teacher appearing to mock his culture, explaining he felt 'that violence was being committed against him.'

A Native American high school student filmed his teacher appearing to mock his culture, explaining he felt 'that violence was being committed against him.'

The caption explains:"Yesterday a Native American student filmed this video in his Math class!"After several minutes of the teacher 'war hooping & tomahawk chopping' the student began filming because he, 'felt that violence was being committed against him and he had the right to record.'

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"At first the student noticed the teacher was pulling out a fake feather headdress and when she put it on he thought, 'what is she going to do?'"A post shared by Akalei Brown (@corn_maiden_designs)Brown then adds that the student who filmed the video"has a Native first name and outwardly identifies as Native American.

"We need to end abuse & discrimination against indigenous youth in schools! There is no excuse for this type of behavior. We're not in the 1960s anymore, she should know better."Speaking toNewsweek,Brown, who is of Kanaka-Maoli and Taos Pueblo descent, explained that she posted the video with the boy's permission so the world"could have a small glimpse into the type of abuses Native children face in U.S. schools everyday. This is not a one off scenario... headtopics.com

"We're standing up for our children and setting new a standard for the treatment of Native people."The video was also shared onTwitterby an account called UrbanInuk, among many others, and has been viewed more than 2 million times.It was here that CommunistsEgirl commented that the reason behind the teacher's actions was supposedly to teach the class SohCahToa as a mnemonic device.

Another Twitter user, Mom2boy_pup_cat, explained further:"Okay, so as a teacher I was thinking, this is probably some kind of lesson she is trying to make engaging (culturally deaf for sure), then I remembered (SohCahToa)."She is trying to teach them a weird acronym for sine, cosine, tangent in trig, again, culturally deaf for sure."

Despite the alleged educational purpose of the bizarre lesson, many people have taken to social media to share their outrage. Read more: Newsweek »

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