An educator who was a victim of a racist hate crime in Michigan says he has been fighting to bring back accountability in the classroom for years.
Shannon Moore, who was fired from her teaching job in the early 2000s, spoke to Newsweek on Tuesday to discuss her experiences and why it’s imperative to make sure educators are held accountable for their actions.
“We’re supposed to be the guardians of the American Dream.
We’re supposed and our role is to be in a position where we know that we can protect the American dream,” she said.”
And then you have this white, straight male with a white, white, Christian, Christian family and he just starts doing horrible things to people and people are going to be upset about it.”
Moore said her daughter was harassed at her house by a white male after the family had dinner and she went to the bathroom to use the restroom.
She said the male then went to her daughter’s room, grabbed her and shoved her against a wall.
She called police and filed a police report.
She said the family has had to hire a lawyer and hire an attorney to pursue legal action.
“You’re talking about a white person who had a relationship with my daughter,” she told Newsweek.
“It’s something that is not just tolerated, it’s actually considered criminal behavior.”
There’s no way you can make these allegations and not be punished,” she added.
The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 4.3 million students nationwide were taught by teachers who had racist or other bias incidents last year.
The Center for American Progress reported in 2016 that there are now 2.3 billion more students nationwide learning in the U.S. than were taught in 2000.
The Center for Educational Excellence reported in 2017 that there is a 1 in 7 chance that a teacher would be fired, and that the probability of dismissal is one in 2.4 million.