This Teacher Was Fired After Reading a “White Privilege” Poem in Class

Tennessee teacher Matthew Hawn lost his job after trying to explain the concept of white privilege following Global Black Lives Matter protests around the world last summer. After hearing about Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man who was paralyzed after a white police officer shot him outside an apartment complex— Hawn wanted to explore the topic in class. After showing Kyla Jenee Lacey’s poem “Black Privilege”, he was fired. Matthew stops by our Critical Race Theory discussion with Kyla to talk about the aftermath.

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