“N–ers have taken over the school system!” the anonymous wrote stated, along with a note about not wanting their children to attend school with Black boys.
Last week, the principal of Newtonbrook Secondary School received a manila envelope with no return address. Inside, was a copy of the Star’s newspaper article about the school’s new course on deconstructing anti-Black racism, which was scrawled over with racist remarks.
“Kids aren’t the issue. The student interest is not the issue,” Robinson said who is the co-author and project lead of the course. “Parents with fixed notions of how things are, and other community members at large with fixed notions of how things are, this is where the problem lies.”
The Grade 12 university prep course “Deconstructing anti-Black Racism in the Canadian and North American Context” covers language, the history of Black people in North America, media stereotypes and how oppression connects to other groups.
A TDSB parent’s event where Robinson was speaking was “Zoom bombed.” Anonymous attendees hijacked the virtual event playing Guns N’ Roses music videos when Robinson attempted to speak about the course.
According to Toronto Star, Education Minister Stephen Lecce condemned the hate mail in a statement to the Star, saying: “We condemn this vile form of anti-black racism — it has no place in our province or country … We are committed to combating racism in our communities and systemically in Ontario institutions.”
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