A mother in Tennessee is demanding answers after her young son reportedly came home from Harold McCormick Elementary School with a Nation of Islam handout that described America’s Founding Fathers as racist.
According to Fox News, Sommer Bauer claims her 8-year-old son came home from school one day with a handout that asked the questions, “What does it take to be on Mount Rushmore?” Upon reading it further, Bauer says she was shocked to see that the handout portrayed the featured presidents as racists.
“The handout then explains that George Washington hailed from Virginia, a ‘prime breeder of black people,’” Fox News reports. “Of Theodore Roosevelt, it was alleged he called Africans ‘ape-like.’ There were also disparaging remarks made of Thomas Jefferson (he enslaved 200 Africans) and Abraham Lincoln.”
Bauer allegedly decided to type in the link listed on the handout and was even more shocked when the Nation of Islam homepage popped up.
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“It raised a number of red flags,” Bauer told Fox News. “They are basically saying our Founding Fathers are racists.”
When the mother reached out to her son’s teacher, she received a strange explanation as to why her son brought the page home.
“At first, she did not recall which paper it was. Later in the day, she found the paper and told me she didn’t like what it said – and said she must have printed it by mistake,” Bauer recalled, adding that the teacher said her son wasn’t supposed to take the paper home with him. “I was caught off guard [by that claim]. I reassured my son that he needed to feel safe enough to bring anything that the school gave him home to me. Ultimately, while his teachers do care for him, his mother and his father have his absolute number one best interests at heart.”
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EC Alexander, superintendent of the school district, told Fox News that he was horrified to hear about the handout.
“My goodness, that we would promote bigoted or racist points of view – merciful heavens,” Alexander said. “I can assure you that is not the case. It was not an authorized handout.”
Still, questions remain as to why the teacher had the handout in the first place.