A white middle school teacher in Texas was fired after he made racist comments to his students.
Video of the incident, which surfaced on social media, shows the man telling his class — many of whom are Black — that his race is dominant, NBC News reported.
“Deep down in my heart, I’m ethnocentric, which means I think my race is the superior one,” he says to the students.
“So white is better than all?” one student asks.
“Let me finish,” the teacher replies. “I think everybody thinks that. They’re just not honest about it.”
Another student challenges the teacher, “I’m not racist, though. I like all types of kinds.”
The teacher responds, “Did I say I don’t like people?”
A third student asks for clarification. “Wait, so you said you are what? You are a racist?” to which the teacher says, “I think everybody is a racist at that level.”
The same student tells him: “No. But you said you are a racist.”
The teacher replies, “I did. I did, yeah, I’m trying to be honest.”
The unidentified man worked in Pflugerville, a suburb in northern Austin.
“Last Friday, Nov. 11, Pflugerville ISD officials were made aware of an inappropriate conversation a teacher at Bohls Middle School had with students during an advisory class,” Pflugerville Independent School District (PfISD) Superintendent Dr. Douglas Killian wrote in a statement.
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“As of Monday morning, Nov. 14, the teacher in question is no longer employed by Pflugerville ISD and we are actively looking for a replacement.”
Killian apologized for any “undue stress or concern” caused by the teacher’s remarks, and to the parents of the children who were captured on camera without their knowledge.
Brian Hennington, whose 11-year-old son goes to the school but is not in the fired teacher’s class, went to the school after his wife Monique saw the video posted on Facebook.
“The reason why we were appalled is because it was offensive and we definitely wanted to make sure that our voice was heard,” he told NBC News. “I think more parents need to stand up, especially the parents who had kids in the classroom.”
As for the teacher, Hennington added, “You’re not hired to bring your opinions into the classroom, especially when you have impressionable minds. Those kinds of exploratory conversations, that’s for the parents to expose their kids to.”