‘My race is the superior one’: Pflugerville teacher suspended for racist comment

Students in an Pflugerville ISD class were told by their teacher that he thinks his race is superior.

Students in an Pflugerville ISD class were told by their teacher that he thinks his race is superior.

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A Texas teacher with Pflugerville ISD was suspended last week after he was caught on camera telling a group of Black students in his class that his race is “the superior one.” A statement from the district’s superintendent says the teacher was put on administrative leave because of an “inappropriate conversation,” according to Austin station KVUE.

In the video that went viral on social media, the Bohls Middle School teacher, who wasn’t identified by the district, tells a group of Black students in advisory class, “Deep down in my heart I’m ethnocentric, which means I think my race is the superior one.” 

A student asks if the teacher is saying “White is better than all?” and the teacher doubles down.

“I think everybody thinks that they’re just not honest about it,” the teacher says. 

When a student asks the teacher to clarify if he said he is racist, the teachers says, “Yeah I did. I’m trying to be honest with you.” 

The statement obtained by KVUE says the teacher will be on leave while PISD’s human resources department conducts an investigation.

“Pflugerville ISD and Bohls MS work together to create an inclusive and welcoming environment for our students. The advisory activity was inappropriate, inaccurate, and unacceptable. This type of interaction will not be tolerated in PfISD schools,” the statement reads. 

Austin station KXAN obtained a letter sent to parents saying this moment was an example of the district encouraging students to be self-advocates for and to “see something, say something.” It also said that counselors were on hand for students affected by the teacher’s comments.

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